Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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 Retreats.

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: Fielding and Finding

Another way of framing what we’re doing in practice: it is two-fold… First, “fielding” suffering, and welcoming, reducing, transforming it. Second, contacting, finding, encountering intrinsic well-being and allowing it to flourish, grow and show itself more and more clearly, deeply and widely. Message from Henry is from our December 9, 2019 Newsletter Image: Bubble by […]

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Mindful Consuming

Mindful, silent meals are a precious experience to be savored. The holidays for many are a time to celebrate food and family, and a chance to relax with our favorite pastimes. This presents an opportunity to call to mind the profound lessons we learn during our silent retreats, particularly during our silent meals. On the practical level, […]

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Message from Henry: A Mindful Approach to Stress

We learn to experience emotions in the body, and less in the stories we have about them… According to biology and neurology professor Robert Sapolsky (in his book Behave) one of the aspects of chronic stress is that it tends to be psychological. That’s to say, we are threatened not only by actual threats, but […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 91, Book of Equanimity: Nansen & the Peonies (Part 2): 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 6 of 6)

“Accept what comes from silence.” ~ Wendell Berry Description: This is the final talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. It begins with a few comments on this series of talks and continues on with the discussion of Case 91. The student in this koan, Minister Rikukô, is excited to present a powerful quotation to Master Nansen. Nansen’s […]

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Message from Henry: Ordinary Ease

Ease will come. Awakening may not be something to really celebrate. It’s just losing some obstruction that was obscuring and distorting the view of reality. It’s merely a return to the ordinary. It’s just that this kind of ordinary is not so commonly recognized these days.  *** Sitting: at last, given time, with patience and an […]

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Mindful Encouragement

…peace comes in the pause, the quiet between breaths… Sometimes life gets messy. In seeking relief from suffering through the practice of mindfulness we may find ourselves wading through a morass of literature, inspirational websites, commercial enterprises, guided meditations and scholarly articles. It’s not supposed to make things harder. Discernment may seem like our best […]

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Message from Henry: Meditation

…it is so worth it Meditation is a challenging practice for sure. Sometimes it’s hard enough even to find a little peace. Harder still to get a glimpse of the great source of all peace. And even harder to stay with it, to not get tossed away. It’s so easy to get lost, to forget […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 90, Book of Equanimity: Kyozan Speaks Out: 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 4 of 6)

“All these processes are dreams.” ~Yamada Koun Roshi. Description: This is the fourth talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. It begins with four levels of practice wisdom, Buddha’s teaching on the five aggregates and what constitutes true kensho. It unfolds into an examination of Case 90 where Master Kyôzan visits Maitreya, the future Buddha, in a […]

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