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 …

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    Sanbo Zen Documentary: A Preview {VIDEO}

    Here’s a preview {4:56} of the upcoming documentary feature film about Sanbo Zen. This preview features : Migaku Sato Roshi (Associate Zen Master), Ruben ...

ONLINE REGISTRATION is here … for Mountain Cloud Summer Sesshin: July 7 to 12

Summer Sesshin: The True Gate of Ease and Joy… Our summer sesshin is rapidly approaching. This five-day sesshin, from July 7th to 12th, is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to allow ourselves to sink into the boundless reality of the Dharma, finding the ease and joy in being human that Dogen speaks of as […]

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Tree of Wisdom

Oak and maple, palm and pine—trees are our closest neighbors and most patient teachers… on the common roots of people and trees. There is a cabin in the remote mountains of northern New Mexico that stands on the side of a steep, wooded ravine. It is hidden deep among the huge ponderosa pines that thrive […]

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Case 1 Book of Equanimity, The World Honored One Ascends the Rostrum

Episode Description: This teisho begins Henry’s journey through the Book of Equanimity. Case 1 shows the importance of just sitting, being still and quiet. Henry discusses Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teachings. He explores the teaching on dukkha (intrinsic dissatisfaction) and asks: Is there something in the core of ourselves that is intrinsically dissatisfied and dissatisfying? Henry then […]

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Shin-Jin-Mei (Verses on the Faith-Mind) by Sosan, Part 3 of 3

Episode Description: Henry continues to explicate Sosan’s Shin-Jin Mei and incorporates the Three Treasures—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha–into the meaning of the poem. The Shin-Jin-Mei is an example of Dharma, a teaching or guidance, which helps us find our core, the heart/mind of ourselves (Buddha) and our universe (Sangha). Henry also discusses another meaning of Dharma, as […]

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Newsletter: June 16, 2015

An empty mirror; the giver of all; no mirror; a fire without fuel: the Dharma.  Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, June 16, 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). Hello friends, The […]

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Zen and the Art: Part 4 of 4

…the secret truth is that art is useless… Its “purpose” is to delight with its purposelessness, to demonstrate that in our lives of “getting and spending” there must be one thing without utilitarian value. Click to read Zen and the Art, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In his book What Good Are the […]

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