Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled for the time being. We will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.  

Our regularly scheduled sits, classes and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. To enter our virtual zendo for sits and events, click on this link:  sit.mountaincloud.org.  There is no password. If you are prompted for one, log off and try again. If you have trouble contact our administrator.

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. We offer an online Introduction to Meditation Class every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm MT which provides instruction and support for new meditators.  Continue Reading …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …

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Virtual Zendo

While we are closed during the corona-virus outbreak, we have created a virtual zendo. We are hosting online sits led by Mountain Cloud jikis at all our normal sitting times. Please join us and connect with each other online. To participate in these virtual sits on your computer/tablet or other device, click on this link….  sit.mountaincloud.org There […]

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Message From Henry: Slow Down

Becoming a meditator, opening up to a life in Zen, could be viewed as slowing down the car, parking it, getting out of it, and walking. Going through life at a pace where we can actually experience the sensory detail of every step we take. Imagine you’re walking down an old track up a long […]

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Message from Henry: The Fertile Void

One touch and it sucked away the universe. Another, and all things were born. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir, One Blade of Grass, describing an aspect of his path of training. Read Marvelous and Ordinary to put this week’s piece in context.  There’s an enlightenment poem by Yamada Koun with the line: All my […]

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Dharmatalk: Subitist and Gradualist Awakening

“This precious me. My me. This has been an invention” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Continuing the discussion about the cessation of suffering, we examine two approaches toward awakening, the subitist, or sudden approach, and the gradualist one. Many Zen teachers, especially those using koans, assume the subitist approach. From a more gradualist perspective, […]

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Ryokan: Temporary Dwelling

  Where you have beauty you have ugliness, too. Where you have right you will also have wrong. Knowledge and ignorance are each other’s cause. Delusion and enlightenment produce one another. It’s always been so, It didn’t start now. You get rid of this, then grab hold of that. Don’t you see how stupid it […]

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Message from Henry: Marvelous and Ordinary

Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect of his path of training. Read Wondrous Being to put this week’s piece in context.  The drama was over. The whole thing called “my life” had been just that: a drama, a story. A dream. I had woken from it. It had ended. Yakusan, […]

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Dharmatalk: The Cessation of Suffering

“Unshakable is the liberation of my mind” ~ Shakyamuni Buddha Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The Third Noble Truth concerns the cessation of suffering. When Buddha gave his first sermon, he was sparing in his description of this Noble Truth in comparison to the three others, teaching that the cessation of suffering, also known as […]

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Question Mark ?

? A question mark Standing firm, Defending it’s ground A question mark That it will never allow itself to become a full stop Not till its questions are answered! But slowly So slowly that it doesn’t even notice The question mark is becoming more flexible Slowly, ever so slowly … it is unraveling Its bends […]

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Message from Henry: Wondrous Being

This is not mind, this is not Buddha, this is not a thing. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect fo his path of training. Read Inside Out to put this week’s piece in context.  This kind of state, according to the old way of thinking, would obviously wear off after […]

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Dharmatalk: Letting Go of Clinging

“Loss brings us to our senses. It actually gives us our life”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. In continuing the series of talks about the Four Noble Truths, we examine clinging from a traditional and a modern perspective. Craving to always be right, we may cling to fixed viewpoints and become rigid in our […]

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