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.

Mountain Cloud re-opens after our two week break on Tuesday August 14. All regularly scheduled events will resume.  See you in the zendo!

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 …

Henry

Message from Henry: Unexpected Potential

…in taking out the meditation part of the old traditions and marketing it to a new population, without the general context of the tradition, can sometimes lead to unstable practice. When Asian meditation masters first started coming to the West in the early 20th century, for the most part they were practitioners who understood meditation […]

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Mindful Awareness

All conditions and experiences are valid for practice. Buddha’s teaching on mindful awareness practice is broad: it covers a lot of bases. Be mindful of body posture, of short breath, long breath, of pleasant sensation, unpleasant sensation, sensation that is neither pleasant nor unpleasant, of perceptions and interpretations, of reactions and impulses. And of mind-states: […]

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Message from Henry: Do We Need a Teacher?

…a guide who knows the terra incognita that lies beyond our known world… One model in the west: sit in a big auditorium and have someone talk to you for hours and share some nice ideas, and you will become a different, better person. You just have to go to a lecture. You don’t really […]

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Peace

If you’re at peace in yourself then people are interesting in and of themselves. When you’re not at peace in yourself then, it’s more likely that people may seem to to be potential means to an end. ~ Henry Shukman Image: Feathers by tookapic, CC0 Public Domain, Pixabay.com

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Message from Henry: No Mind

The whole world is… a projection of mind. Often in life it can happen that we find what we’re looking for. If we’re out to spot unkindness and hypocrisy, we’ll surely find them in this world. And if we’re out to see kindness and integrity, we will find them just as surely. From a Mahayana […]

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Sitting Still, by Henry Shukman

Sit still and present moment awareness sooner or later will switch on. It’s nice. It wants nothing. It is fulfilled, at peace. Nothing needs to be different. A sense of richness of experience, even while doing nothing. And it is even possible for it to accommodate unease. It acknowledges and embraces anything, with grace and […]

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Message from Henry: Tree Dharma

Listen to the trees. Hear what they’re saying: let it all go, just let it go. Then you can join us. Their speech is one long invitation. All the planning, scheming, all you think of as your mind, your life, your hopes, dreams and fears – let them go, just give them up. Then you […]

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