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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Sunday July 31, 10-11am: Introduction to Brush Meditation by Yoshi Nakano

Please join us for this special demonstration offered by Yoshi Nakano. Yoshi will be using ink, paper, water and tranquil space to demonstrate an illuminating process of Brush Meditation. This gentle practice can help restore whole health awareness and inner peace. The demonstration will begin at 10am on Sunday July 31 immediately following our 9am […]

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Buddhism for a Post-Axial Age, Review of David Loy’s A New Buddhist Path, Part 2

Loy forges a middle way between…a “transcendentalist” view that looks to Buddhism for an escape from the toils and troubles of this world… and an “immanentist” view that regards Buddhism as a source of empowerment for equipping us frail… beings with the props …for navigating through…a brutal and competitive world…     Ruben Habito reviews […]

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Teisho: Lineage (Part 1 of 3)

“One knock and all knowledge is forgotten, There is no need for further searching… Not a trace left anywhere.”  ~ Kyogen Description: This teisho first wraps up the previous week’s discussion about Aware and Awake.  Henry then proceeds to explore the meaning of lineage and why it is important to Zen history and practice. He contrasts […]

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Message from Henry: Decision Making

…there are an infinite number of possible courses of action not just the two or three we may be contemplating. Sometimes people wonder about using meditation to settle decisions and problems that are weighing on them. Should they leave their job, how might they handle a work challenge in a new way, they aren’t getting […]

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The Light of our Awakened Nature, Hsin Tao

When we practice and study Buddhism, we have to leave all things of the phenomenal world behind to see our awakened nature. This physical body of ours exists, and is at the same time empty (of self-existing substance). As the Heart Sutra says: “Form is precisely emptiness, emptiness precisely form. Form is no other than […]

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Teisho: Fuketsu’s Speck of Dust

Fuketsu, giving instruction, said, “If one raises a speck of dust, the house and the nation prosper. If one does not raise a speck of dust, they perish.”  Setchô held up his staff and said, “Is there anyone who lives and dies with this?” Description: Henry begins this teisho on Fuketsu’s brief but powerful words in […]

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Message from Henry: Renunciation, Part 2

In giving up we gain; in renouncing we possess; in surrendering we win. If you missed Renunciation, Part 1, click here to read it. But firstly, what does “home” mean? And secondly, what does “leaving it” mean? On the first level, home simply means home. The house, usually with a family in it, and various […]

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