Welcome to Mountain Cloud

Located in Santa Fe, NM, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Mountain Cloud is a meditation center, offering daily sitting and several teaching events most weeks. Click here for our weekly schedule.  For upcoming sesshins and special events click on Events and Sesshins.

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. Continue Reading …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …

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Message from Henry: Car Model

Realization is taking away the deepest assumptions in our programming Trying out a car as an analogy: do we try to get the car running better by driving down different streets, into other territories? Or do we get it better by parking it, opening up the hood and sorting out the valves and plugs, reboring […]

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The Power of the Fact, by Yamada Ryoun Roshi

Above and below the heavens there is only myself, alone and sublime. ~ Shakyamuni Buddha Two thousand four hundred and forty-five years ago Gautama Siddhartha discovered the true fact concerning his own existence and became Shakyamuni Buddha (the Awakened One, the wise man of the Shaka clan). (Note: here I am following the accepted time […]

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Message from Henry: Genuine Kensho

Kensho is a revelation, meaning that it reveals a whole other order of things. We may feel: OMG, how wrong I’ve been all my life! Most of us will not have had a thoroughly transformative experience at the start of our koan study. It may feel that way at the time, but it is rare […]

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Zen and the Quantum Computer, by Yamada Ryoun Roshi

In December of 2015 an historical news conference was held in America’s Silicon Valley, sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Google, and D-Wave Systems Company of Canada. For over two years this consortium had been using the Quantum Computer of D-Wave and carrying out performance tests. They announced their results at the news […]

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The Circle of the Way

“… the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way …” Description: Henry begins by talking about a recent workshop at Mountain Cloud with noted calligrapher and translator of Dogen, Kaz Tanahashi. Dogen is a national treasure in Japan, both expressing and shaping the collective soul of the […]

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Message from Henry: A Gentle Practice

It’s a gentle practice – sitting together in the quiet, in the semi-dark. Yet by stripping us of our illusions about ourselves, it invests us with power – with a quiet, great power that is not our own. The things we seek in spiritual practice are not sense-objects. They are not things we can perceive […]

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Finish and Furnish our Cottage

Help us finish and furnish Much has been accomplished and we are approaching the finish line… Construction on the new Bradan-Wuest cottage is complete. Mountain Cloud will be able accommodate as many as twelve more people for sesshins and personal retreats. This milestone in the growth of our Zen Center could not have been reached without the generous support from […]

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Infinite, Eternal

The Tao is infinite, eternal. Why is it eternal? It was never born; thus it can never die. Why is it infinite? It has no desires for itself; thus it is present for all beings.   The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why […]

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