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.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with some of the construction for our building plans. We encourage you to get involved and help us. Please contact Chris Wuest at BuildMC2017@gmail.com to let us know that you would like to participate.

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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Work Retreat: April 1-8

Blend your sitting practice with work. Join us for a work retreat at Mountain Cloud from April 1-8. Cost is Free (small donation toward food cost appreciated) Help us prepare our land for our infrastructure and building project. Participants will work for about 6 hours a day and sit for 2-3 hours. Newcomers are welcome […]

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Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans, by Ruben Habito, Part 1 of 3

This first fruit of Zen is about con-centration…coming together toward the center of one’s being or centering… The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that takes one entirely by surprise, accompanied by spontaneous outbursts […]

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Message from Henry: The Great Way

When we taste the great way, we know that falsehood is an impossibility – all is already revealed, in intimacy and completeness. This piece continues Henry’s discussion of the six paramitas. Each paramita is a pointer to the great way. It perfectly embodies it. By following its guidance, we can find the reality of the […]

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The Practice of Zen, By Ruben Habito

Enjoy these wise words from Roshi Ruben Habito, Sanbo Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. This piece is taken from the MKZC website. As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in […]

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Message from Henry: Sila

…the practice makes us stand for various things, two of which fall under this second paramita – namely, truth (so far as it can be ascertained) and kindness. The second paramita is sila – ethical living, practicing restraint, especially refraining from the five grave errors, namely killing, stealing, lying, misusing sex, and intoxication. Politics, naturally, […]

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Message from Henry: Six Paramitas

…they (paramitas) are actually based on a deep acceptance of imperfection. A little exploration of the six paramitas… the so-called “perfections,” or virtues, or qualities, or good approaches to practice. Right off the bat, since these qualities or attributes are called “perfections,” the first thing to acknowledge is that they are actually based on a […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 3 of 4, by David Loy

Most fundamentally, Buddhism is about awakening, which means realizing something about the constructedness of the sense of self and the nothing at its core. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of The Suffering of Self. How does our repressed sense of unreality return to consciousness? As a feeling that there is something missing or lacking […]

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