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 …

  • About Zen

    Zen is neither a religion nor a philosophy, though it encompasses elements of both. It is a practice of meditation and action ...

{PODCAST MCZP 0001:} What is Zen?: 07-03-2014

Welcome to Mountain Cloud Zen Podcast (MCZP) Series! Episode Description: This talk, the first in our new audio podcast series, offers some brief introductory thoughts by way of an overview of Zen training, then an introduction to Zen’s most revered koan collection, the Blue Cliff Record, and finally a look at the first koan in […]

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The Ancestors’ Love

What do we have to do to receive the love and help of the ancestors, ever more deeply and thoroughly, until finally we know that we do nothing, and they do everything? We act through and for them. They act through us. We are their hands in this world. And as we allow them to […]

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Addiction to Suffering

Suffering is a system to which we attach ourselves.  In a way, that’s OK.  If that’s what we choose to do, then so be it.  Except in another way it’s not OK, because we suffer.  We find it painful.  Yet, on the whole, we are quite reluctant to disengage from it.  We imagine the price […]

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Little Champion

When I get hopeless about human life, which quite frankly is far too difficult for me, I like to remember that in the desert there is a little butterfly that lives by drinking urine and when I have to drive to work on Saturday, to spend an hour opening the mail, deciding what to keep […]

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The Heart of Zen

When Shakyamuni Buddha experienced his great awakening at the age of 35, it did not come through grueling ascetic practices. Rather, after several years of mortifying his flesh under the guidance of various spiritual masters, to the point where he had brought himself close to death, he realized three things: first, he wanted to live, […]

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Hokusai says …

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice. He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing. He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is […]

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The fundamental position of Sanbo Zen (formerly the Sanbo Kyodan)

YAMADA Kôun Roshi stated as follows: “The fundamental position of  Sanbô Zen is to stand at the origin point of Buddhism through the Dharma gate of Dôgen Zenji.” The “origin point of Buddhism” means Shakyamuni, especially his great enlightenment experience itself. After a long period of ascetic training Shakyamuni was confident that true enlightenment was […]

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{UPDATE} Podcasts, Calendar, & more …

Welcome to our new website – launched this month : August 2014! … Please note the following: Podcasts:  Soon, we will be publishing podcasts of our Thursday evening dharma talks … so stay tuned. Calendar: Our calendar is in the process of being updated as part of the new website launch … so some entries are incorrect. However, the weekly calendar […]

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States and Facts

Something we should try to be clear about is the difference between a “state” and a “fact.” In America the early popularity of Zen in the 50’s and 60’s was bound up to some extent with the counter-culture’s fascination with psychedelics. A number of well-known zen teachers from that era have said that LSD brought […]

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