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: A Glimpse

It’s quite simple: sit with a koan until it blows your mind.  Only then will we be beginning to glimpse a little of what it really is. But a little is often plenty. Sit diligently, durably, stably. Keep coming back to it. Message from Henry is from our October 14 Newsletter Image: Snow Winter (edited) […]

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Message from Henry: Pausing (part 2)

Sometimes people say: I can’t meditate, my mind is too busy. Or: I’ve got so many thoughts in my head, I’m not cut out for meditation. That’s like saying: I can’t go to the gym, I’m not fit enough. They’re describing the very condition or problem that meditation can help us with. Message from Henry […]

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Dharmatalk: Points of Practice

We are giving ourselves to this moment  Description: This talk is about general points of practice with a focus on five areas: relaxing the body; general mindfulness; concentration (samadhi); awakening; returning to the world—to help. The common denominator to all of these elements is Love. In beautiful excerpts from Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, we can catch […]

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Dharmatalk: Living Our Deepest Nature

Description: This talk recounts a recent teacher’s retreat in Germany with the Abbot of Sanbo Zen, Yamada Ryoun Roshi. It begins with the story of Father Lassalle, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher who built the zendo in Germany where the retreat took place. Practice does not end; there is no I’ve-got-this moment. Or we might […]

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Sangha Meeting: Saturday October 12, 10am

Join us for our next Sangha meeting for all Mountain Cloud members and friends. Learn about what’s happening in our community… Rio Grande Mindfullness Institute (RGMI) Henry’s teaching activities Visiting student’s program Samu / work practice Garden, cottage and grounds updates Provide your input. Bring your questions. All are encouraged to attend. Considering becoming a […]

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Message from Henry: Heart Opening

Sit and be still, be silent, and let your heart open. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual practice is as long as it teaches you to love this world. Not “teach” in the sense of telling you to. Rather, that it makes love open up in your heart. All the philosophy, theology, practices, methods and […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 7, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s “Wash Your Bowls”

The world is nothing but metamorphosis and life is nothing but an opinion. ~Marcus Aurelius Everybody’s got a hungry heart. ~Bruce Springsteen  Description: In The Gateless Gate, the last line of this koan reads, “The monk attained some realization.” What did the monk realize? Why is this seemingly ordinary dialogue between the great master Jôshô […]

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Message from Henry: Purpose of Life

Which one of these statements is true? The purpose of life is to help others through it. The purpose of life is to experience love. The purpose of life is to love ourselves. The purpose of life is to awaken. Which one of these statements is true? Which one is untrue? (These are trick questions.) […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 88, Book of Equanimity: “Non-Seeing” in the Ryôgon Sutra (Part 2 of 2)

“We become the empty bowl that can receive the water.” Description: Case 88, taken from a sutra, is an unusual koan. It diverges from the narrative form that typically demonstrates how Zen is continuously pointing to the ordinary moments of life. This expansive talk explores the Ryôgon Sutra and poses three key questions about “seeing”: […]

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