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 …

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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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Parents

… it became clear how very much I owed my birth parents. I was grateful to them in a way I never had been before…. They had given me the greatest opportunity of all, a human life. Yasutani Roshi said this about his mother’s life story: My mother’s family fell more and more into poverty […]

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Newsletter: December 17, 2014

“The clarification of life and death—this is Buddhism’s most important concern.” — Dogen Zen is not just a matter of sitting ourselves down on the “seat of enlightenment” …and hoping for the best. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, December 17, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to […]

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Going Back To The Source: Ancient Greeks and Buddhism {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 8th short video clip (5:41) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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Dharma Adaptation

We are very attached to our selves and their desires and loves and fears. Yes, we have to find ways for Dharma practice to adapt to western culture… But the far greater project is our own adapting to the Dharma. Otherwise, why bother? Some fruits of meditation are easier to accept than others. Who wouldn’t want […]

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Art and Dharma

  Something wants to be born… Some masters speak of the spiritual quest as a pregnancy. We may think we’re trying to resolve things for ourselves, find out who we really are, what this life is, but those are only symptoms. The pregnancy is not a metaphor. Something wants to be born. Writers and artists […]

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Going Back To The Source: Seeing With Complete Vision {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 7th short video clip (4:03) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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Newsletter: December 10, 2014

Happiness and sorrow, hope and despondency, joy and misery, satisfaction and frustration – the original face is at ease with all of them. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, December, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to […]

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What Is Real?

“… Zen is quite clear: “picking up one atom of thought brings the whole universe into being,” … “ Sometimes it seems to really hit us that this planet hanging in space with sibling planets and its niece the moon is real. There’s really a ball of fire hanging out in the medium we call space, powering […]

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Going Back To The Source: Transcending The Law of the Excluded Middle {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 6th short video clip (5:49) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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