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 …

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Message from Henry: Authorization

…the lineage of overlapping, long-lasting relationships have nurtured a way of being, in each successive pupil… There are different kinds of authorization in spiritual teaching in the West today. One is by commerce, the marketplace. If someone has followers who pay for their workshops, buy their books, etc., that is proof enough – they are […]

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Message from Henry: Ferries

It wouldn’t make sense to keep venturing forth in different craft. Better to board one ferry and get over the water. Master Sheng Yen said he had met students who went to many masters, thinking they could get more that way, as if each teacher could give them one dollar, so if they saw ten […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

…if we really lived out the reality glimpsed in a moment of realization, and in every instant of our lives were free of all last shreds of clinging or grasping…then we might indeed be something like “perfect.” Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. The first is concentration—meaning in part simply the […]

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Teisho: Case 63, Book of Equanimity: Joshu Asks About Death (Part 1 of 2)

“… Zen training involves letting go of anything special, profound or dramatic—it is just this, moment by moment …”   Description: This talk begins with a discussion of two purposes of practice: 1) to calm the reactive nervous system, cultivate present-moment awareness and experience states of deep meditative absorption; 2) deep investigation into the nature of our existence. […]

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Message from Henry: Ongoing Training

This ineffable teaching is very new in the West. Why would we not get all the guidance we can? Since the whole universe is an experiment in learning, it’s good for a teacher to continue their own training. Whatever efforts they put into it will be in service of their students, and will directly benefit […]

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Three Treasures of Zen

Three elements have long been considered integral and indispensable to Zen training – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Often referred to as the three treasures, they form the foundation of our practice and correspond, more or less, to our sitting practice, our understanding of the teachings, and our sitting together as a group.     Buddha  […]

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Teisho: Losing Our Way, Finding The Way

“… Right view is about getting clear about how things actually are …”   Description: Henry relates a story about getting lost on a walk in the Black Forest in Germany, while following a path he thought he knew fairly well. Compared to the clear map in his head, everything seemed to be different than it should be. […]

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Message from Henry: Value of Practice

…the possibility of unconditional openness that practice can lead us to is one where … beneath all the surface troubles of life there is actually a well-being. Last week’s message on the value or utility of practice may have come across as a bit baffling so I want to say a little more on the […]

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Given to a Zen Person

Mind itself is buddha. Practice is difficult. Explanation is not difficult. Not-mind. Not-buddha. Explanation is difficult. Practice is not difficult. ~ Dogen     From Chinese-style poems, translated by Philip Whalen and Kazuaki Tanahashi   Text from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi,  North Point Press, 1985.  Image: […]

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Teisho: Case 62, Book of Equanimity: Beiko’s “Enlightenment”

“… even satori disappears. There is no more consciousness of being enlightened. When you stand, there is just standing; when you sit, there is just sitting.” Enlightenment is gone—just this …”   Description: This talk explores the koan, “Beiko’s “Enlightenment,” from the Book of Equanimity. Beiko sends a monk to ask Kyôzan, “Do people these days really need […]

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