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.

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: On the Enlightened Way

What is this “unsurpassable enlightened way” that we vow with our whole heart and whole being, to embody? This week we have a piece written by Ruben Habito, Sanbo Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~   The enlightened way is unsurpassable …I vow to embody it. This is the […]

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Dogen: Colors of Mountains

Colors of the mountains, Streams in the valleys; One in all, all in one, The voice and body of Our Sakyamuni Buddha. ~ Dogen   Text from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Steve Heine Image: Mountains by Skeeze from Pixabay.com,  CC0 Public Domain

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Message from Henry: Wedges and Nails

…where students and teachers of all levels go to have “wedges and nails pulled out,” as Setcho put it, and to be sledged and sawed until they split open for real… In many ways we have been well served by our western forebears. Young ingénue hopefuls who went east and sat and sat, at the […]

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From Dogen’s Echizen

For so long here without worldly attachments, I have renounced literature and writing; I may be a monk in a mountain temple, Yet still moved in seeing gorgeous blossoms Scattered by the spring breeze, And hearing the warbler’s lovely song— Let others judge my meager efforts. ~ Dogen   This kanshi, one of a series […]

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Teisho: Introductory Talk #6: Three Essentials of Zen Practice

“… three elements that are essential to serious Zen practice: great faith, great doubt and great determination …”   Description: This talk covers three elements that the 11th century master Tahui and the 18th century master Hakuin developed as “essential” to serious Zen practice. (The first and third equate to the 3rd and 4th paramitas – patience and […]

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Message from Henry: Zen and not-Zen

Are we paying attention… or not? The difference between Zen and not-Zen is simply whether attention is being paid… or not. Are we paying attention, or are we not? The difference between Zen and not-Zen is simply whether there is someone paying attention, or not. Is there someone, or is there no one? Quantitative practice. Qualitative practice. […]

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Teisho: Introductory Talk #5: Five Kinds of Zen

“… Supreme way practice has no objective. It is associated with the practice of just sitting. There is no desire to realize anything—it is simply, this …”   Description: This talk covers the five kinds of zen: ordinary practice, outside practice, lesser vehicle practice (Theravada), greater vehicle practice (Mahayana) and supreme way practice. Ordinary practice is […]

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Nutshell by Settgast

Nutshell Zen

Zen… it’s as if we set up constraint, restriction, confinement, in order to force our dissatisfaction into a tight box of intensity… so that we can be squeezed out through a gate too tiny otherwise to be found, let alone passed through. ~ Henry Shukman Image: Universe in a nutshell by Christoph Settgast, CC by-SA 2.0 […]

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