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.

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

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 …

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Message from Henry: Mu ichi motsu

Misery tends to be simplistic. Well being tends to be open to complexity, pluralism, uncertainty. People naturally interpret the term “emptiness” in the light of what they have experienced. Some say it means there are no boundaries; others that all things exist but without “self-existence”; relatively few go the whole hog and say: mu ichi […]

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Buddhism in the West, by Maria Reis Habito, Part 3

Even though the development of Buddhism in the West followed different trajectories in different countries, there are certain common characteristics. One of them is the emphasis on an existential and meditative search for new ways of living. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2 of Buddhism in the West Buddhism comes to the […]

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Teisho: What are people for?

“I have a function, it’s seen in the twinkling of an eye.” ~ Kyogen “… we are not simply aware of the universe, we are the universe becoming aware of itself …” Description: Having overheard a youth ask the question, Henry picks it up as a theme for this  teisho: what people are people for?  He […]

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Message from Henry: Middle Way

Far better to throw away both emptiness and all things.  –Mumon Last time I sat with my teacher Joan Rieck Roshi she mentioned a Buddhist teaching: “Don’t be attached to Dharmas, don’t be attached to no-dharmas.” This is a perfect statement of practice – but maybe takes a little unpacking. Our ordinary sense of things, […]

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Buddhism in the West, by Maria Reis Habito, Part 1

Does Buddhist spirituality in the West lead to self-indulgence, rather than self-realization? “I am not religious, but I’m spiritual”. This is a commonly heard statement, especially among younger people, many of whom are disaffected with organized religion, but seek some form of secular spirituality.  For many Westerners who would describe themselves in the above way, the […]

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Teisho: Lineage (Part 3 of 3)

“Lineage is simply the continuum of practicing humans.”  Description: Henry In this last teisho in the lineage series Henry explores what practice actually is, for human beings. He shows us that Zen points to who/what we find ourselves to be, once we are less compelled by our relentless and isolating sense of self-identity. When looking at […]

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