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 …


Spiritual Counseling

Henry offers spiritual counseling for anyone who would like to meet privately outside of regular practice interviews. He uses a variety of approaches, including the guidance of dreams as well as cognitive therapy techniques derived from ancient philosophy, to help guide us to healthier, more fulfilling lives — but always within the overall guidance of […]

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Zen Sitting Universe

Teisho: Grief, Anger and Delusion: What are we doing when we sit?

“There is not a  hair’s-breadth of difference between oneself and others in the limitless universe;  heaven, earth and I are of the same root.” ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry opens this compelling talk with his deep concern about rising political turmoil, with neo-fascism and racism affecting the UK and other western nations.  Henry talks about action in […]

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Message from Henry: Is there something wrong with me?

…it is nothing more than an insubstantial voice in the mind, a chimera, surrounded by limitless freedom and space. Here is a common issue that comes up in meditation: our minds are agitated or unsettled, we find ourselves repeatedly taken away from our practice by thoughts, frequently distracted. Sooner or later judgements start to sneak […]

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The Dharma of the Rings, by David R Loy

What is the Ring? Its magnetic-like attraction is a profound symbol for the karma of power. Can The Lord of the Rings be understood as a new Buddhist myth – a spiritual teaching that speaks to our situation today? Tolkien’s Middle-earth may not seem very susceptible to a Buddhist reading, given its uncompromising dualism between […]

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Messge from Henry: Where are we going?

Existence itself is still a great mystery. When we sit we let that mystery express itself.. When we gather for a retreat we take our places in the zendo, a bit like passengers on a vessel. The question naturally might arise: where are we going? One “Zen” answer might be: nowhere, we already arrived, the […]

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The Three Poisons, Institutionalized, by David R Loy

…our present economic system institutionalizes greed, our militarism institutionalizes ill will, and the corporate media institutionalize delusion. The Buddha didn’t say much about evil, but he spoke often about what are sometimes called the three roots of evil, also known as the “three poisons”: greed, ill will, and delusion. His understanding of karma emphasized the […]

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The “Lack” of Money, by David Loy

Money ends up becoming “frozen desire” – not desire for anything in particular, but desire in general. What is money? We use it every day, so we must understand how it works… or do we? Perhaps our familiarity keeps us from appreciating just how strange money actually is – and how it uses us. What […]

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Teisho: Summer Sesshin: The Five Skandhas (Part 4 of 5)

“We don’t know what’s good in the long run, but separation is an illusion. Anything that reinforces that illusion is misguided and will lead to more suffering …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: In this fourth teisho of the summer sesshin, Henry explores how our conditioned ways of perceiving experience lead to delusion and separation. He details the […]

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Message from Henry: “Madiba”

That diamond brought into the African light after its years buried deep in confinement says: Forgiveness. Nothing else. The Nelson Mandela Orchid Mandela forgave everyone. He even forgave all the white people who had treated Africans so cruelly for so long. Our zendo is mostly Caucasian. I wish it were more mixed in every demographic […]

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The Problem with Karma, by David Loy

…we experience karmic consequences not just for what we have done but also for what we have become, and what we intentionally do is what makes us what we are. What are we going to do about karma? It’s no use pretending that karma hasn’t become a problem for contemporary Buddhism. In many ways Buddhist […]

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