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.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with some of the construction for our building plans. We encourage you to get involved and help us. Please contact Chris Wuest at MCBuild2017@gmail.com to let us know that you would like to participate.

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 …


Spring Sesshin: March 21-26, 2017

Our 5-day Spring sesshin is from March 21-26. This spring equinox event is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to sink into the boundless reality of the Dharma, finding the ease and joy in being human that Dogen speaks of as the characteristics of true meditation practice. We will follow our usual timetable, […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 1 of 4, by David Loy

Buddhism isn’t about helping us become well-adjusted. A socially well-adjusted ego-self is still a sick ego-self, for there remains something problematical about it. It is still infected by dukkha. If someone asked you to summarize the teachings of the Buddha, what would you say? For most Buddhists, probably the first thing that would come to mind […]

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Message from Henry: The Six Virtues

They may be understood more as six overlapping, unfolding, but loose, endlessly repeatable stages. The “paramitas” are often translated as “perfections” but that may sound a little unattainable. They are… dana – generosity: giving freely. sila – ethical restraint, guided by the precepts: in sum, refraining from harm kshanti – patience: with the vicissitudes of […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 50, Book of Equanimity, Seppo’s What Is This? (Part 5 of 5)

“It’s a series of graces falling like blows on the crown of the head.” “… the inevitability of failure in Zen practice—error and mistake are the mulch which allows our humanity to grow …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: This final teisho of the Rohatsu sesshin follows an early morning ceremony that commemorates  Shakymuni’s awakening.  Henry notes […]

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Message from Henry: Doubt and Humility

…humility is the cure not just for doubt as a hindrance, but for many of our ills. Pure Land Buddhists say the hindrance of doubt is self-generated. Doubt involves some measure of unwillingness to give the Way the benefit of the doubt – a reluctance to let go of what we think we know. It […]

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Message from Henry: A Clear Mind and Heart

“Just sitting” practice (shikantaza) is also sometimes described as the practice of “doing nothing.” Doing nothing doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. Rather, we become clear that whatever is going on, we don’t need to do anything about it. ***** What fills the gap (if there is one) between awakening and ordinary life is […]

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Rio Grand Mindfulness Institute (RGMI)

The Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute (RGMI), Mountain Cloud’s program to advance mindfulness in schools and colleges, is starting to get busy with workshops and retreats. On February 3, we have been hired to provide two workshops at United World College’s annual social justice conference. The conference features leading national advocates It’s a wonderful gathering in […]

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The Earth as Witness: International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change, by David R Loy

…craving, aversion, and delusion are also the root causes of climate change. Climate change is perhaps humanity’s greatest teacher yet about how these mental forces, when unchecked in ourselves and our institutions, cause harm to other people and the living environment. A group of Dharma teachers have issued the following statement describing core Buddhist insights […]

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