Welcome to Mountain Cloud

Our center is located in Santa Fe, NM, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We are a lay Zen practice community, and offer several opportunities to meditate together each week in our zendo. Click here for our weekly schedule. 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 (In the rare case that it’s cancelled, this site will have a prominent note saying so). Continue Reading …


Thoughts about Practice: Mu

The idea seems deep in our culture that “eternity” is vast and somehow distant…that it stretches away from us. But what if it’s the reverse, and it reaches not away but toward us, it presses ever closer to us, and our part is to let in?         This is Mu and what Mu does. We […]

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Case 11, Book of Equanimity. Unmon’s Two Sicknesses

Episode Description: Henry explicates Master’s Unmon’s teaching on the “Two Sicknesses.” Learn about Master Unmon’s early practice and awakening under the two masters Bokushu and Seppo. Find out how Unmon’s “two sicknesses” are actually four diseases, which give us a kind of road-map of training in meditation. Henry correlates these sicknesses with the famous Zen Ox-herding […]

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Message from Henry: A Little Reflection on Zen History

Dogen said, “Practice is enlightenment; enlightenment is practice.” Tahui said: “There never was any delusion, nor any realization.” These statements are completely clear, yet we shouldn’t mistake what they mean. They are speaking from the perspective of complete awakening. Outside of that point of view, what they’re saying does not make sense. In a sense, […]

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Progress / Regress

…this Way is a path: every moment is a path. One of the marvels of the Zen way is that you can actually never regress on the path. You can’t lose ground. You can’t fall back or drop back or reverse the progress. But it can surely feel like it. We could look at this […]

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Think Not-thinking

Episode Description: Henry shares some thoughts on Yakusan’s famous dialogue on meditation. A monk asks, “What do you think about when you meditate?” Yakusan answers, “Think not-thinking.” Henry relates this to master Dogen’s own profound awakening, in which he experienced “body and mind falling away,” and to the many writings and teachings that flowed from this […]

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Contingent Arising

… we are nothing but this very moment arising. As kids, our parents’ lives seem to us so solid and established – the jobs, the house, the routines. Personally, much of my earlier adulthood I was waiting for that kind of a sense of solidity to arrive in my own life, especially once we had […]

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Zen: A Long Hard Path

Episode Description: In this talk, Henry explores the dedication required for long term Zen practice. He quotes Rilke’s words, “Everything in nature tries to become itself against all opposition,” and considers Gustav Mahler’s “Song of the Earth,” which centers around a set of Tang dynasty poems. Henry places Zen in the historical context of the Tang […]

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