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.

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. Continue Reading …

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    Summer Solstice Sesshin: June 21-26, 2016

    Our 5-day summer sesshin is from June 21-26. This early summer offering is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to ...


Teisho: Mountain Cloud Rededication

Description: Abbot of Sanbo Zen, Yamada Ryoun Roshi from Kamakura, Japan, gives this talk to an overflowing zendo in honor of Mountain Cloud’s rededication ceremony.  With over a hundred people somehow crowded into the zendo and the lobby, the Roshi recognizes Mountain Cloud founder Philip Kapleau, and expresses his personal aspiration, as Abbot of the Sanbo […]

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Message from Henry: Concentration

In truth, nothing needs to change. All things are equally the Dharma unfolding At some point the resistance, the need to control the experience we have in meditation, just evaporates. It’s gone. Instead, rather than being outside it and trying to manipulate it, we find ourselves right in our experience, When we do, it feels […]

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Five Blossoms

  I originally came to China to transmit the teaching and save deluded beings. One flower opens five petals, and the fruit ripens itself. – Bodhidharma, according to Huineng       If evil flowers bloom in the mind-ground, Five blossoms flower from the stem. Together they will create the karma of ignorance; Now the […]

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Teisho: Love and the Three Treasures

“Love is the opposite of separation.” Description: In this short Valentines Day, Sunday morning talk, Henry explores love: our love for the practice and the abiding love practice has for us. In this latter love, we are gently led to intrinsic, non-separate true nature. Henry shows how the nature of love is embedded in the three […]

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Message from Henry: Sit. See. Serve.

…we are not the center of everything…earth is but one dot in an infinite cosmos. It’s a comparable shift to that for Ptolemaic to Copernican astronomy. We watch the beauty of stars fading in the dawn sky, of a moon rising over the mountains, and think: what a show, put on for us, the inhabitants […]

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Teisho: Paradox

“Pick up a speck of dust, and nation prospers, and the villagers knit their brows in anxiety. Put down a speck of dust, and the nation perishes, and everyone lives in peace.” Description: Henry talks about paradox, using a few koans from Fuketsu to show how Zen’s many paradoxical teachings can lead to peace, love and […]

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Zen center marks 31st year with rededication, from the Albuquerque Journal

Originally published in the May 6 edition of the Albquerque Journal, written by Journal staff writer T.S Last. Photos from the article may be seen in the Journals’ Photo Gallery on their website. It represented an awakening – a re-awakening in this context – for Santa Fe’s Mountain Cloud Zen Center, a Zen training and practice center […]

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