The Boulder Morningstar Zen Center offers contemplative zen practice and experiential programming to promote compassionate, creative and innovative expressions to our community and world.

Our Guide

Roshi Sanchi Shudo Reta Lawler is the Founder and Director of the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center. Fully ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist nun by Eido Shimano Roshi (founder and former abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery), Sanchi has led contemplative retreats and Zen sesshin around the country for over 35 years. Also, her professional teachings and offerings have been in Creative Arts, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Shamanic practice (particularly in Celtic and Peruvian indigenous orientations). Her trademark trainings are Coming Full Circle: The Art of Death and Dying and Winds of Change: The Art of Engaged Living. She is on the faculty of the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, N.M. and continues as an adviser to the Spirit Quest Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru. Sanchi Reta particularly enjoys hosting retreats around the world where the earth energies invite natural entry into contemplative practice. As well, she is a life-learner of Gardening: particularly working with the joy of flowers, medicinal herbs, and love of trees.

Pods of Light Holders

The Pods of Light are practitioners in the Morningstar Zen Center who have practiced together in both retreat and sangha format for over 10 years. They are available to offer instruction in zazen and serve as officers in the Center practice.  As well, they are training to share in the articulation of zen practice within the community. They create pods of practice to both individuals and small groups.

San Antonio Morningstar Zen Sangha

The San Antonio Morningstar Zen Sangha was formed in 2002, and it has been active in the creation of the Retreat Format that is at the heart of our Zen practice. The Morningstar Zen Sangha hosts regular visits by Sanchi Reta Lawler, offering community Dharma Talks, Introduction to Zen classes, and Pods of Light meetings. They are the facilitators and hosts of our 5-7 day residential sesshins in the San Antonio/Austin area, as well as offering weekly meditation sessions. The Pods of Light practitioners are available for meditation instruction and individual dialogue as to practical support within our practice. The director of the Morningstar Zen Sangha is Sheri Coldwell, who welcomes all inquiries as to our retreats and local Sangha events. She can be reached at or 210 573 0395.

Our Board

The Morningstar Zen Center is supported by an active Board, guiding our physical presence in our Community, and serving as consultants to the growth, support and development of the Center. The Advisory Board stands as Friends to the Center, offering support and creative possibilities for our outreach to the community. As we attend to the FOUNDATION of our Center, we anticipate creative offerings of outreach to our community that hold the dynamic of our Presence and expression of our Practice.