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.

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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The Dharma of Deconstruction, by David Loy, Part 2 of 2

For Nagarjuna, shunyata is simply a shorthand way to express the interdependence of all things. Nothing has any “self-existence” or “self-presence” because everything–including all concepts–is dependent upon everything else. Click to read Part 1.   Western philosophy’s turn toward examining the role of language in shaping experience, can one find in it, as in Buddhism, […]

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Weekend Introduction to Meditation Retreat, June 22-24, Registration Closed

  Weekend: Introduction to Meditation Retreat Friday evening June 22 — Sunday morning June 24 Cost: $130-$180     This  weekend retreat  offers two special opportunities… Basic mindful meditation techniques.  Newcomers to meditation and long-term sitters alike, from the Zen tradition or elsewhere, can learn some basic techniques and strategies that can help make our sitting […]

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The Dharma of Deconstruction, by David Loy, Part 1 of 2

For Nagarjuna, the world as we commonly experience it is a linguistic construct. The fundamental insight of what is known as the “linguistic turn” in twentieth-century Western thought is that language shapes our experience. Some of the most influential modern thinkers challenge our usual assumption that using language is merely a matter of attaching names […]

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A Love So Great

“… What is this activity? … the principle of ultimate compassion, of love …” The bodhisattva doesn’t control themselves, they’re controlled by the needs around them. Description: Henry references several koans from the Book of Equanimity in this talk, which begins with the distinction between a dharma talk and a teisho. This leads us into Case […]

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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 2b of 6)

“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the second in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry and David continue to explore the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature. David is an ecologist, geo-philosopher, and writer. David describes a geo-philosopher […]

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Message from Henry: One with the World

The world arises as consciousness arises. This world matches us, suits us, meets us. The world is as it is because we are as we are. It’s not two systems. Self and world are a single system. It’s not that we don’t have to function in the world. We have to eat food, drink water, […]

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