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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2018 Gratitude Campaign

Dear Friends, Lucie and I went to the 4th of July Campground some weeks ago.  After we parked we walked in circles trying to find the trail head.  Other people were also looking for the trailhead. Soon we were walking with another couple searching for the way.  Something sparked and this old guy remembered where the […]

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Message form Henry: Rohatsu Reflections

What a joy it is to be able to go deeper into our human nature, then return to the world that so needs all the love and help we can give… Some reflections on our Rohatsu retreat that ended yesterday… First – as ever – it was Mountain Cloud’s strongest retreat ever! In fact, though […]

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Dharmatalk: Why Practice

“… To be aware of breath means to be aware of being alive …”   Description: This talk offers some reflections on a path of practice, and how it can help support not only our awareness of being alive, but also make us more aware that we are not independent from all that surrounds us,  wherever we […]

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Message from Henry: Overcoming the Unwholesome

In our contemporary culture we don’t address evil sufficiently, according to the writer Martin Shaw. That’s why we have so much of it dominating our culture. Even in the spiritual realm today we may prefer the transcendent, the exalted, the sublime over the recognition and uprooting of the unwholesome. But older cultures, oral cultures, spend […]

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Message from Henry: Doubt

The opposite of doubt is faith. Some markers of it would be: gratitude to the sangha, humility before the practice. Try not to let the demon doubt come between you and your practice. For incalculable eons, according to the old scriptures, we have labored in darkness, unable to find the way and be liberated. Now […]

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Message from Henry: Essential Unnecessary Work

Zazen…that place where nothing needs to be done… The great majority of our practice in the early years will not touch on awakening. It will be the daily, hourly, momentary commitment to try to be more aware of the present moment, to see our unhelpful tendencies, to feel the energies that drive our lives, and […]

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Message from Henry: No Knowing

The groundless ground springs forth. There is “breakthrough practice” and self-study “present moment experience” practice. Tending the garden of now. Or knocking through the walls of the house, tearing it down. It would be nice to think both kinds of practice lead to the same place, to some mythic land of redemption. Heaven, nirvana, enlightenment. […]

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