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 …

  • Rohatsu Sesshin 2014

    Save the date for our Rohatsu Sesshin : Dec 2nd 6PM – Dec 7th 1PM This is a five day sesshin commemorating ...

Yoga and Zen : One Bright Jewel

“This yoga immersion uncovers the fundamental common essence of dhyana (meditation) and asana (posture) practice. We will focus on cultivating meditative awareness through internal listening and subtle attunement while on the mat and also while walking outside at Esalen. Then, we’ll bring it all to the meditation cushion. This combination of asana, pranayama (breath), and […]

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Podcast: Hyakujo and the Wild Duck

Episode Description: This famous koan from the Blue Cliff Record explores Master Hyakujo’s own journey to awakening under the decisive guidance of his master Baso. It also investigates the true meaning of awakening and its effects in our life. This talk was given by our resident teacher, Henry Shukman, on October 17, 2013.

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Newsletter October 9, 2014

What if Zen is a path without progress, where progress is just another illusion? …A path that’s complete and fulfilled before we even take a step. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step, after all… but perhaps it also ends with that same single step. Our regular weekly newsletters and the entire […]

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Friends

Sometimes I wonder if the greatest value of our Dharma practice is what it does to our ability to relate to one another. Could it be that all our practice is, in the end, a pretext for the truly great event: being together without our ordinary social minds? The reason we sit in silence without […]

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Me

It turns out this “me” is a seed — as Jesus said, it’s the “corn of wheat” that must fall to the ground and die. Zen always says: Die! Be killed! Why? Because this little agent of separation called “me” – this identity that creates itself and in doing so creates its own separation – […]

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Angst

“… If we could just flip the angle of light, the trick of perspective, we would see exactly what we do not see, rather than what we do see…” What about the angst we modern humans are heir to, the “vague nameless dread” that comes with our moral and spiritual uncertainty, as Yamada Koun Roshi […]

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Podcast: Seppo’s Poisonous Snake

Episode Description: In this talk exploring Case 22 of the Blue Cliff Record, we examine the teachings of the great Tang-dynasty master Seppo, who had a long hard struggle in his own practice, after which he became a teacher of many great Zen masters, and whose legacy is still alive today. This talk was given […]

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