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: Hearts on Fire

Desperation — in a way, it’s quite right. We should be desperate. This situation we are in called life — what is it? Why is it happening? How should we live? Who really are we? Not just hair on fire, but hearts on fire! Zen is passionate. It loves the world, it cares for beings, […]

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Message from Henry: New Levels

The meditative, contemplative life – you might think it sounds so placid… But it’s more like hopping on a throaty old Triumph motorbike and putting it through its paces, seeing what it can really do. Taking this body, mind and heart for ride after heavy ride, taking them for all they’ve got – and finding […]

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Message from Henry: Daily Sit

…being still daily… We have to sit every day. Then it becomes a path. We start to feel the earth under our feet, and the fact that we are following a trail, an old road, begins to show itself. By being still daily. Don’t struggle with it. Just let it be part of your life, […]

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“This”

This has no time. This has no place. This has no words. This has no characteristics at all. Anything that comes into this, dissolves and evaporates… like a snowflake in a furnace, as Kakuan said of the eighth ox-herding picture. This is reality. This is home. This is the truth. People don’t generally seem to […]

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Message from Henry: Pushing

Isn’t it a relief to have found a practice that doesn’t respond at all to pushing? It’s a granite rock, implacable, unmoveable. Try to push ahead and it just pushes back. Utterly stubborn. Thinking back over the eight or so books I published when I was busy as a writer, I remember that some were […]

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