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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    Rohatsu Sesshin 2015: December 1-6

        As the air chills it’s time to start thinking about our Rohatsu sesshin. Rohatsu commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s awakening and is ...

A Flash of Lightening

Once, inspired by the beautiful autumn evening, the Master was strolling through a sweet potato field. A farmer, thinking he was bent on stealing the crops, surprised him and struck him with his fist. Not content with this, he then tied the Master to a pine tree and continued to pummel him with blows. Begging […]

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Teisho: Case 18 Book of Equanimity, Does A Dog Have Buddha Nature? Part 2 of 3

Description: Henry continues his lively exploration of the the Book of Equanimity’s version of the Mu koan. In this koan, Joshu replies to the monk’s question, “Does a dog have Buddha nature?” first by saying “U” or yes, then later by saying, “Mu” or no. Henry addresses Joshu’s apparently contradictory responses by paraphrasing from the Buddha, […]

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Message from Henry: Practice and Training

Training is about … diminishing our faith in what we think we understand, and learning how to surrender. There’s a distinction between practice and training. At times we are happy to practice, but are not so open to training. But to practice without training is to miss the heart of practice. Only through training does […]

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White Clouds, Old Mountains

“Although the white clouds have no mind, wherever they go they seem to be attracted to the old mountains. What are these white clouds? What are these old mountains? Dōgen struck the sitting platform with his whisk. After a pause Dōgen said: No guests remain within the dragon gate. Turtles and cranes are inherently mountain […]

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Message from Henry: Spiritual Bypassing and Awakening

…don’t hide from our personal and interpersonal problems by hiding away in our spiritual practice. “SPIRITUAL BYPASSING:” A COUPLE OF CLARIFICATIONS The most obvious form of “spiritual bypassing” is when we run away from life into spiritual communities, especially residential ones, where we try to avoid the challenges of our personalities and relationships by throwing […]

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The Three Refuges, Part 3, The Sangha

Buddham saranam gacchami Dhammam saranam gacchami Sangham saranam gacchami Written by Ruben Habito. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the Three Refuges. Part III—The Sangha as Refuge We continue unpacking the three refuges, called the three treasures in the Buddhist tradition. In the last two talks, we looked at the Buddha, the […]

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Teisho: Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, A Conversation, Part 2: Q & A

Description: Stephen Batchelor returned to Mountain Cloud on Thursday April 2  for a conversation on early Buddhism, the Zen tradition and ancient Greek Philosophy with Mountain Cloud’s guiding teacher, Henry Shukman. Their wide ranging discussion continued the exploration of contact, connection and congruence between the ancient East and West begun the previous June, when Stephen and […]

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