Welcome to Mountain Cloud

Our center is located in Santa Fe, NM, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We are a lay Zen practice community, and offer several opportunities to meditate together each week in our zendo. Click here for our weekly schedule. Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …

Getting Started

Meditation has proven benefits. More energy, more concentration, more peace, more love, more joy, more presence, more kindness…

The easiest way to get started in a meditation practice and find out if it’s for you, is to come by on a Wednesday afternoon at 5pm for a one-hour Intro to Zen class. We run these weekly and year-round (In the rare case that it’s cancelled, this site will have a prominent note saying so). Continue Reading …

Going Back to the Source: A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman

On June 4, 2014, Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman sat down for an engaging conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 1 of 4

Nearly always, in great literature, there is some kind of turning point in a narrative arc which is also a turning back—something like Dogen’s “backward step that shines the light inward”—wherein a character is granted an opportunity to understand himself in a different or better way, and it’s that that makes all the difference. There’s […]

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Rohatsu sesshin 2014, Day 2 of 4

In day two, Henry continues the exploration of “Continuous Practice,” and brings in a discussion of the process of sesshin, as well as the book “The Authentic Gate of Zen” by Yamada Koun Roshi, and stages/no stages in practice, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: by […]

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Rohatsu sesshin 2014, Day 1 of 4

In this first teisho of the sesshin, Henry introduces Dogen’s fascicle on Continuous Practice, and starts to explore what Dogen meant by that term.  The talk includes poetry by Yeats, explores the awakening of Shakyamuni Buddha, and spends time with the koan Mu, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives […]

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Dangerous Formulae

  When treasures of the human heart become explicit, there is a greater risk of their becoming doctrinal, then formulaic, then ritualistic and ceremonial, and ultimately banal, mere forms of words and no longer living treasures at all. When Jesus talked about dying and being reborn in the kingdom of heaven, for example, it seems […]

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