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. Click here for our weekly schedule.  For upcoming sesshins and special events click on Events and Retreats.

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 …

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


Message from Henry: Liming

…fully allow thoughts to arise, endure and pass away… Many of us don’t live in ways that involve regular doses of communal “lounging,” or hanging out – or “liming” as they used to call it in Trinidad. When I played in bands there, to “lime” was to relax, chat, do nothing much, just be hanging […]

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Finding Love & Peace

Your task is not to seek love but merely to find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Rumi We do not find love by running from or pushing away the beings who need it. We do not find peace by running from or avoiding the opportunity to create it. Awareness […]

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Dharmatalk: Awakening (Part 1 of 3)

“… All the depth that is in us needs time …” Description: This talk begins with some beautiful reflections on a recent talk by Stephen Jenkinson, author and storyteller. It is the first part of a discussion on enlightenment—how it is understood in Western practice and how it is understood by different traditions. The current […]

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New Year’s Message from Ruben Habito

  Dear friends, fellow practitioners of Zen across traditions, As we welcome the new year and the new decade of the 2020’s, with a heart full of gratitude to each and everyone of you, I convey my deep-felt wishes and prayers for peace and well- being for everyone. On this occasion, allow me to offer some […]

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Mindfulness: A Unique Piece of the Puzzle

Mindfulness is not meant to make us into unthinking conformists or narcissists concerned only for our own well-being and personal transformation. The point is not be free from fear, doubt, or pain, relieved of having to feel the effects of the suffering around us. Rather, by observing our fears and doubts we develop the ability […]

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Dharmatalk: Wisdom

“… There is wisdom in developing personal well-being …” Description: This talk focuses on the term “wisdom.” There are different kinds of wisdom that human beings can discover. To begin this exploration, an overview of the five kinds of Zen practice is presented. This unfolds into a more contemporary interpretation, the four zones of practice. […]

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Message from Henry: Clearheaded and Kindhearted

During his years of Zen training, when he was having a hard time with one thing or another, one of Henry’s Zen teacher’s would advise him “Don’t get too caught up in it,” and would then send him back to whatever koan he was working on. Henry writes about his teacher’s seemingly austere but wise style in his memoir, One […]

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The Meaning of Life

Excellence Reporter: Henry, what is the meaning of life? Henry Shukman: I’m not too sure about the meaning of life so I’ll start with the purpose. “What is the purpose of life?” a student once asked a master. The master replied: “Play.” The student was disappointed. “I’ve come all this way to study with you, […]

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