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.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled.  We will reevaluate the situation as things change and we will keep you informed.  

Our regularly scheduled sits, classes and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. To enter our virtual zendo for sits and events, click on this link:  sit.mountaincloud.org.

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. We offer an online Introduction to Meditation Class every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm MT which provides instruction and support for new meditators.  Continue Reading …

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


Message from Henry: Gone

Today’s Message from Henry is a short excerpt from Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass. I had been sitting with a strange koan the past day or two, about Master Kyozan, in which he and a monk do a kind of charade. The monk makes movements with his body and arms, and […]

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Venus Twinkling

“I and all beings have simultaneously attained the Way” ~ Buddha Description: This is the first in a series of talks on basic Buddhism, beginning with an exploration of the word Buddhism and the story of Siddhartha Gautama and how he became “Buddha” – awakened. Is there something that is not subject to suffering and […]

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Sangha Meeting: May 16 2020 Minutes

January 25 Sangha Meeting Minutes – Approved Henry’s Report – January 25 – May 16 (see below) Financials  This past March, Damon reported to our board of directors that MCZC would have a $53,000 net loss due to the cancellation of our many retreats and events for 2020. The very good news is that this […]

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Message from Henry: Confirmation

Message from Henry is an excerpt from Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass. I sat through the night with a river of energy coursing through the world. The whole world was love’s plaything, a cork bobbing on a silent torrent. I broke for a cup of tea in the early morning, […]

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Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird

Dharmatalk: Zen and the New Story

“The place of stillness is where we find the “sprouts of the new story” …” “Zen is loving the earth …” Description: In this powerful talk, touching on quantum mechanics and the work of Charles Eisenstein, Ruben Roshi reflects on how the stillness and belonging that we find in Zen practice can allow us to find […]

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Message from Henry: Keiken – Experience

This week, a message from an international collective of young artists known as Keiken (“experience”)… I have to preface this with a disclaimer: one of the artists is actually a niece of mine. I sincerely hope no one will take this as something wrong or unwholesome on my part. I feel encouraged to overcome my […]

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