Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled.  We will reevaluate the situation in mid April and notify you as things change.  

Our regularly scheduled sits and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. The online access link is  sit.mountaincloud.org. Henry will give a dharma talk online each Thursday at 6:30pm.


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 …


Message from Henry: The Training

…the training knows better than we do. Occasionally I experience a little worry about what I as a deluded former poet and writer with a long struggle in his meditation practice could possibly have to offer as a guide in practice. But then I remember there is a kind of answer: the training I have […]

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Message from Henry: Now What?

There used to be a voice in me that would say: So what now? But now what? It used to speak up regularly when I emerged from a retreat where I’d gone deep in practice. Or I’d be blown away by some kind of experience of unity or boundlessness, and sooner or later this voice […]

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Message from Henry: Wal-Gazing

…we simply meet it, allow it, receive it, as a thing, a phenomenon, an apparition. At certain times in its long history the Zen form of Buddhism has been known as the “wall-gazing school”. Bodhidharma, said to have brought “Dhyana” or “Zen” Buddhism from India to China in the sixth century, was sometimes known as […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 98, Book of Equanimity: Tozan’s “Intimate with It” (Part 2 of 2)

“Zen is a template for letting go …” Description: This talk revisits the three bodies of Buddha and maps them onto the various approaches to Zen practice, including mindfulness. The Dharma-body is the subject of every koan; each one communicates the true fact of existence. Tôzan’s answer to the monk’s question in Case 98 does […]

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Dharma Talk and Q&A with Henry: Sunday March 29

This Sunday March 29, Henry will be offering an online talk with question/answer period. Tune in for sitting at…. 10am Mountain Time 9am Pacific Time 12pm Eastern Time Henry’s talk will begin about 10:30am. Join this San Diego/Encinitas Zoom Meeting by clicking this link at the designated time…. https://zoom.us/j/916614568?pwd=czRQbU1WUU92ZEVDL1FJR0NqNUpyQT09 Meeting ID: 753 066 874 Password: […]

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Spring Sesshin

Mountain Cloud just finished its weeklong spring sesshin. 43 of us sat in the packed zendo while around us the US caught up with the rest of the world in its precautions against the coronavirus. We were settled deep and true in the dhamma, under the guidance of Valerie Forstman Roshi, along with Henry.

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Dharmatalk: Case 98, Book of Equanimity: Tozan’s “Intimate with It” (Part 1 of 2)

“… the single, infinite, empty fact that is always, powerfully, right here, now …” I am always most intimate with it. ~Tôzan Description: This talk begins by addressing the difference between concentration leading to emptiness practice, and mindfulness meditation. In Case 98, a monk asks Tôzan about the three bodies of Buddha. Tôzan’s beautiful, nonconceptual […]

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