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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Message from Henry: The Opportunity of Suffering

…our very suffering is our greatest opportunity and teaching. We may or may not be theistic by temperament or upbringing, but may still believe in the intrinsic benevolence of creation – of the universe existing, and of our place in it as conscious beings. Yes there is all the beauty and love and generosity and […]

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Science and Practice Notes

Western science begins in a kind of humility, with an assumption that we don’t know. Practice is similar or comparable. It begins with humility also – not in a self-blaming way, but in an acceptance that when it comes to our suffering, we ourselves are likely the problem. ~ Henry Shukman   Image: Water Lily […]

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Message from Henry: Deep Dive

Everything goes back to front. Another analogy for practice: there was a 1950s movie about attempts to break the sound barrier. The pilots would climb exceptionally high in their jets then aim at the ground. They would dive as fast as they could. Alas, as they got close to the sound barrier, they kept crashing. […]

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Nothing to Understand

There’s nothing to understand. Do you understand a caress or a flower? I’m just. If you try to understand your mind as if it was a puzzle to solve, or try to understand which direction your life is going to be able to direct it to the best you are wasting energy and breath. Life […]

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Message from Henry: A Titanic Shift?

Could we be on the brink of a titanic shift, a Promethean change in humanity of vast implications? Various luminaries, visionaries and oddballs, cult-leaders and gurus, have talked of this kind of thing, but is it now actually appearing beyond doubt? What has been called the “human condition” for centuries is actually beginning to change. […]

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A Work of HeArt

  I would like my work to be the poetry of silence.   Each work, whatever form it takes, is a ‘trace’ of a journey within,  of an inner alchemy, a quest for identity,  a drawing, a calligraphy,  that reveals who we are at that particular moment,  like a mark on the canvas called life.  […]

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Teisho: Many Doors

“… The door of every house leads to Chang’an …. every aspect of our experience is a door to oneness, to emptiness …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld, which highlights various perspectives on practice. Every sect of Buddhism, every phenomenon and […]

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