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. 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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Blue Cliff Record Case 12: Three Pounds of Flax

Episode Description: In this personal discussion of Blue Cliff Record case 12, Henry talks about death, the eternality of time and the limits of rationality. We learn that failure and loss are necessary and that only through the process of non-rational experience can true opening occur. Henry shares two loving and poignant poems that he […]

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Newsletter: April 22, 2015

A fresh take on the Three Fruits of Zen and Three Lessons from Death Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, April 22, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on this site (see Subscribe/Connect). Greetings friends, Henry is in the […]

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Blue Cliff Record Case 14, A Preaching in Accordance

Episode Description: Henry probes the big question a monk asks of Unmon: “What are the periods and teachings of the whole lifetime of Shakyamuni? Unmon answers, “A preaching in accordance.” Henry explores the single fact demonstrated in this Blue Cliff Record case. We learn that the master’s work is to be in accordance with the […]

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Newsletter: April 15, 2015

How remarkable that thousands of years ago just through sitting still and observing their own process of being, people realized what modern science is just beginning to discover – that all existence is one single never-ending process made out of nothing Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, April 15, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter […]

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Karma: Fate or Freedom

Yet karma is not something the self has; rather, it is what the sense of self is, because one’s sense of self is transformed by one’s conscious choices. Many Buddhist teachings seem quite modern in their emphasis on such things as impermanence and interdependence (evolution, ecology), insubstantiality (physics), and the deceptions of language (philosophy). Yet […]

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