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.

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. Continue Reading …

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About Zen

Zen is neither a religion nor a philosophy, though it encompasses elements of both. It is a practice of meditation and action designed to free us to live compassionate, healthy and energized lives. The word “Zen” simply means meditation. The practice of meditation can bring many benefits: greater attention and awareness, the settling down of […]

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Message from Henry: Paying the Toll

Humility is the one gateway. Without humility there can be no spiritual peace. Acknowledging our ancestors, accepting a lineage, stooping under the lintel of a house of archetypal forebears, submitting to the guidance of a teacher, imperfect though they may be, who has also in their time submitted to a teacher before them — this […]

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Straightforward Mind is the Dojo

  直心是道場 Jikishin Kore Dojo “Straightforward mind is the Dojo”   Dojo literally means the “place – jo 場 – of the Way – do 道”, also sometimes translated as the “Bodhimandala”. An early reference to the ‘Straightforward / direct mind is found in the Platform Sutra by the sixth Patriarch Hui-neng… The Master instructed […]

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Teisho: Three Treasures and Three Fruits

Description: This first talk from the October Introductory Sesshin explores some basic underpinnings of Zen practice, introducing the Three Treasures – Buddha, Dharma, Sangha – and describing how they naturally lead us to the three “fruits of practice”: Joriki — mindful awareness, which can be further broken down into concentration, clarity and equanimity Kensho — awakening […]

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Message from Henry: Dharma

…the Dharma is actually not a teaching system. It’s a learning system. The word “Dharma” means “law” or “natural law,” but it also means “teaching.” In a Buddhist context it most commonly refers to the body of teachings of the Buddha, as well as other later teachings in the many traditions of Buddhism. Sometimes it […]

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Birth and Death 5

There is a simple way to become a buddha… When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not […]

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Jizo

  Jizo Scroll by Seki Yasuju (1919-)     Born in Tokyo, Seki Yasuju is a sculptor and a Japanese style painter. He studied under Sawada Masahiro and Fuin Hoshi. Jizo – also known as Kṣitigarbha (in Sanskrit), is a bodhisattva that helps people in hell – s/he is seen a protector, in particular, of children and […]

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Message from Henry: Great Vehicle

Lineage: it throws open the doors, and takes us out of the cul-de-sac of self-assessed practice. Mahayana Buddhism is precisely a call to action. The more yogic-influenced early Buddhism is arguably still a little more self-inflected: the ideal being liberation from the wheel of rebirth, or samsara, so you don’t have to be born again, […]

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Birth and Death 4

This birth and death is the life of buddha. If you try to exclude it you will lose the life of buddha.  If you cling to it, trying to remain in it, you will also lose the life of buddha, and what remains will be the mere form of buddha. Only when you don’t dislike […]

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