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MOON-HEART, a Zen Student, was serving tea to her special guest, ABBESS EKO of a nearby temple. MUSHIN, a Dharma sister of the Abbess, happened to stop by and was invited to join them. Mushin was a Wild Woman, and carried a bone instead of the usual ceremonial stick.

Moon-Heart handed the tea to Abbess Eko in an ancient tea bowl that the Abbess herself had given to her as a gift. In the midst of appreciating the exquisite bowl, Mushin suddenly shattered the tea bowl with her bone. “Now”, said the Wild Woman, “Look at the Authentic Tea Bowl that exists before birth.”

Moon-Heart blanched, gasped, and nearly fainted. Abbess Eko said calmly, “I gave you this tea bowl, but now, I would like you to give it back to me. Before you do, gather the pieces, glue them, and fill the cracks with gold. Then have a box made for it. On the cover of the box, write the name of the bowl, which I now give you as ‘THE AUTHENTIC TEA BOWL BEFORE BIRTH.’ I will reverently pass this bowl on to my Dharma descendants.”

Now, I ask you: What is the Authentic Tea Bowl Before Birth?

The traditional December Rohatsu Retreat is offered in Zen monasteries and centers around the world as the Great GATHERING UP unto our Awakened HeartMind! This year, we will not be offering the part time daily retreat participation, but EVERYONE is invited to join the Rohatsu Retreat each afternoon, MONDAY - FRIDAY for the 3:30 - 5 pm afternoon practice. Please arrive to WILLOW FARM ZENDO in Hygiene (11898 N. 75th St., Longmont) no later than 3:15 to be seated. You will see where to park and arrive to the zendo. No need to rsvp for the Sangha practice but consider making the afternoon practice offerings your Rohatsu Intensive.

We will end the Rohatsu on Saturday morning, December 8, with full Sangha invitation, for practice and Teisho, 9 - 10:30 am (arriving no later than 8:45 to be seated) at the WILLOW FARM zendo. We hope to see you for this most auspicious practice retreat.


"I come to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars"
-Zen master Dogen Kigen

Past Retreats

Golden Wind Sesshin:
October 16 - 21, 2018

Ward, Colorado

Join the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center and Roshi Sanchi Reta Lawler, for our annual GOLDEN WIND SESSHIN

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2 pm through Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 am.

Accommodations and Meals: $325.

Dana for Roshi is requested for your consideration at the end of sesshin.

Non-refundable deposit $150 for registration is due by SEPT. 20, 2018. Total Fee received NO LATER than OCT. 5, 2018. Contact Etsudo Sheri Coldwell at  for scholarship assistance, information, and how to proceed. Attendance is limited, TAKE A LEAP soon!


Winter 2018 - Spring 2018

with Roshi Sanchi Reta Lawler and the Morningstar Zen Sangha

WINTER SESSHIN: March 4 - 9, 2018
ShambhalA Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes


Join Roshi Sanchi Reta Lawler and the Morningstar Sangha for our annual late winter Shambhala sesshin.

We will bring our sesshin heart to bear on amplifying the Light of Awareness, deepening intimacy with essence of mind.


“Empty and desireless…simple and genuine, this is the way to strike down and fold up the habits of many lifetimes. When the stains from old habits are exhausted, the original light appears, blazing through your skull, not admitting any other matters.” Zen master Hongzhi

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An announcement and details for each event will be sent 2 months in advance. Since registration is limited in numbers, if you know that you want to register for particular events, please contact Etsudo Sheri Coldwell