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.  For upcoming retreats and special events click on Events and Retreats.

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 …

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    Spring Sesshin 2016

    Our early spring sesshin will be from Thursday March 3 to Sunday March 6, 2016. This will be a short retreat, and will include introductory ...


Ten thousand miles – No clouds, Ten thousand miles – Sky

“萬⾥ 無雲 万里天 Banri Kumo Nashi, Banri no Ten”. This is the second line of a couplet which follows the first one… “千江有水千江月 Senko Ni Mizu Ari Senko No Tsuki”. Together they read: A thousand rivers of water, A thousand rivers of moons Ten thousand miles No clouds, Ten thousand miles Sky. [From the: Compendium […]

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Message from Henry: A Basic Problem

Suffering is not the same as pain, grief, tenderness, dislike, vulnerablity and so on. Mental well-being doesn’t mean that we don’t experience these feelings. Scientist David Krakauer, a systems theorist, and director of the Santa Fe Institute, regards intelligence as the ability find simple solutions to complex problems. He sees genius, on the other hand, […]

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Living Death of Being Unknown, by David R. Loy

The basic problem is that preoccupation with fame plugs all too easily into the sense of lack that haunts our (deluded sense of) separate self. Written by David R. Loy, first published in the Huffington Post Blog,  May 2014 Why would anyone want to become famous–I mean really famous, like an A-list movie star? Of […]

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Speck of Snow on a Red Hot Oven

  The Calligraphy on the scroll reads: 紅爐一点雪 Koro Itten No Yuki This is one letter shorter version of 紅爐上一点雪 (Korojo Itten No Yuki), “a speck of snow on a hot oven” This saying appears in the Blue Cliff Record – Case 69 “Patchrobed monks who have passed through the forest of prickly briars are […]

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Teisho: Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen, Rohatsu Part 3 of 5

Suffering and liberation are impossibly close, not even an atom’s distance apart. – Henry Description: Henry opens this teisho by offering understanding and encouragement on this third day of sesshin, sharing some of his personal challenges on sesshin during his years of training.  He then continues explicating Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen by first defining the […]

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Message from Henry: Inner Beauty Industry

…the Dharma is untouchable, undistortable, unsulliable. Perhaps meditation will only really take off when there’s an “inner beauty industry” to match the regular outward one. It may be coming. I recently heard about a “meditation feedback monitor” that scientists and engineers have invented, whose screen shows you how you’re doing in your meditation, how quiet […]

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Listening to the Buddha: how greed, ill-will and delusion are poisoning our institutions, Part 3 of 3

The institution that is most responsible for molding our collective sense of self is the media, which has become a kind of “international nervous system”. This article, written by David R. Loy, first appeared in Open Democracy on May 12, 2014. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of Listening to the Buddha. What […]

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The Fire Boy Comes Seeking Fire, Dogen

Zen Master Xuanze had affinity with Fayan. Once Xuanze was appointed as director in the assembly of Fayan. One day Fayan said, “How many years have you been here?” Xuanze replied, “I have already been in the teacher’s assembly for three years.” Fayan said, “You are a student, so why don’t you ever ask me […]

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