Welcome to Mountain Cloud

Our center is located in Santa Fe, NM, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We are a lay Zen practice community, and offer several opportunities to meditate together each week in our zendo. Click here for our weekly schedule. 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 (In the rare case that it’s cancelled, this site will have a prominent note saying so). Continue Reading …

  • Stephen Batchelor Returns to Mountain Cloud …

    On Thursday April 2nd, 2015 Stephen Batchelor will return to Mountain Cloud Zen Center to offer some teachings on early Buddhism and early Zen history, ...

Going Back To The Source: Ancient Greeks and Buddhism {VIDEO Clip}

On Thursday April 2nd, 2015 Stephen Batchelor will return to Mountain Cloud Zen Center to offer some teachings on early Buddhism and early Zen history, in collaboration with the center’s guiding teacher Henry Shukman. They plan to explore, among other things, some of the points of contact between Buddhism and the early Greek philosophers. Last year, Stephen and […]

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Hyakujo’s “Turning Word” from The Book of Equanimity

Episode Description: Roshi Henry presents a case from the Book of Equanimity in which Master Hyakujo’s “turning word” about the law of causation releases an old man into authentic freedom. Hear a magical story about how a man receives healing, love and timeless understanding from a gentle whale. Using personal disclosure and koan explication, Henry […]

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Blue Cliff Record 70, 71, & 72, How does one Speak with Lips and Throat Closed?

Episode Description: This talk combines three related Blue Cliff Record cases 70, 71, and 72. We meet Hyakujo, Isan, Goho and Ungan, who grapple with the nature of speech and ultimate understanding. Roshi Henry Shukman draws on his extensive literary background to relate koan structure with narrative storytelling, which includes references to character transformation in Tolstoy’s […]

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Newsletter: March 18, 2015

The clarity is what matters. And clarity in Zen can only come from depth of experience. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 18, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on this site (see Subscribe/Connect). Greetings […]

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Pink Panther Practice

Here’s what we can do: hand it all over to the Dharma, to the practice. This tangle is just too much. Please take it. I don’t know how popular the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers were in the US in the 1970s, but in the UK they were big, and we couldn’t wait for […]

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Blue Cliff Record 69, Nansen Draws a Circle

Episode Description: This talk delineates the classic koan, Nansen Draws a Circle, Blue Cliff Record Case 69. Roshi Henry describes the brilliant craziness of this koan and draws on wisdom from Dogen’s Genjokoan. The talk explores both the substance and function of the “nameless fact” and concludes by describing Zen’s healing power. Image Credit:This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image […]

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