Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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 Retreats.

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: The Real Thing

True awakening comes unbidden. It is at no one’s beck and call. Whatever state we can engineer, cultivate, construct or induce, no matter how clear or deep, is not actual awakening. It may be hugely beneficial, beneficent, and helpful or nourishing, but if it comes through our deliberate efforts in practice, it’s not likely to […]

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Nurturing a Sense of Awe

Awe causes us to turn off the small daily trivial thoughts… The “mindfulness” movement in the United States is exploding. Among the healthy practices promoted by the movement are states of gratitude, loving kindness and appreciation of the now. People are hungry for relief from the mounting stress of everyday life. A sense of awe also […]

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Message from Henry: Kaaaatsu!

Zen is life itself frustrating our urges to make systems. Zen is not a system. It is too wild to be one, like existence itself. It refuses to allow us to understand it through any filtering system. It really bucks the trend for algorithmic approaches to meditation that is growing in popularity these days. It […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 1, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s Dog (Mu): 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 2 of 6)

“…  Present moment awareness is deeply fulfilling.” Description: This is the second talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. The benefits of restriction, i.e., not moving, concentrating on our practice, etc., are discussed. This leads into Case 1 of the Gateless Gate and the koan “Mu.” Using the commentary written by Mumon as a touchstone, this […]

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Message from Henry: ICONS

These archetypal figures loom from the great reality, from the magnum mysterium, to…encourage, spur and fortify us on our way At the Ikon Museum, Frankfurt, on my way south to the Black Forest. I happened upon the museum while walking off a long flight. Actually I thought it was the “Kon Museum” when I first […]

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Mountain Cloud Seeking a Live-In Caretaker

Mountain Cloud Zen Center, located on 20 pristine acres just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is seeking a live-in caretaker who has a strong interest in living and working in a space dedicated to zen meditation practice, and supporting the lively community that consider Mountain Cloud a focal point in their lives. Candidates should […]

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Message from Henry: Beyond the World’s Dust

…beyond what we know, far, far beyond it. Beyond the world’s dust — this famous old Zen phrase can mean various things. Beyond the city and court where intrigues, jealousies, betrayals were common-place in Tang-era China. Beyond worldly concerns in general. Beyond busy-ness and commotion and trouble. It can also mean beyond all human knowledge […]

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Minutes – Sangha Meeting October 12, 2019

Thank you to all who attended the October sangha meeting. We had nearly 30 attendees.  Gassho! Approve agenda and minutes of last meeting: both approved Teacher’s Report  (See below)   Please remember on October 29 at Garcia Street Books, Henry will be reading from his new book, One Blade of Grass. Site Manager’s Report  Sarah […]

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