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.

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 …

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    NASZ 2016, April 30-May 5: Mountain Cloud Zen Center Closed during NASZ

    Mountain Cloud Zen Center is pleased to announce… North American Sanbo Zen (NASZ) 2016 Sesshin with Yamada Ryoun Roshi, 4th abbot of ...

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Interview by Sweeping Zen with David Loy, Part 5

…from a Zen perspective, at least, the most important rebirth is the one that happens every moment. Sweeping Zen: I think what we’re seeing today is a struggle between fundamentalism and the ability to see the metaphor, you know? David Loy: That reminds me of something Joseph Campbell wrote: “Half the people in the world […]

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Interview by Sweeping Zen with David Loy, Part 4

…karma is not something the self has but what the sense of self is. Sweeping Zen: In Sanskrit, karma literally means “action” while vipaka is the karmic result of that action. Even thoughts are said to produce karma, because they lead to actions. You have argued that this simple conception of karma as cause and […]

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Teisho by Ruben Habito Roshi: “My Last Teisho”

Description: In this powerful and compelling talk, Ruben Habito Roshi imagines that he is giving his last teisho, and encourages us to appreciate every moment as our very first and very last moment. He gives us the “ABC of Zen” —  first, Awareness; then discovery of our universal Belonging, along with all things; and finally our […]

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Message from Henry: Koans

Koans are not riddles. They are not talking points for discussion. They are not devices to be used for psychodrama. Nor are they checklists to be knocked off in some deluded idea of progress…. They are opportunities to change the way we experience our very lives. They grant us the chance to change our experience […]

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Interview by Sweeping Zen with David Loy, Part 3

The way that God is usually understood – an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving heavenly Father who tells us how to live – doesn’t really work anymore. Sweeping Zen: For many Westerners both Buddhism and psychology are perceived as elitist — for intellectuals. From the average Joe perspective I think that, for Buddhism to truly have an […]

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Interview by Sweeping Zen with David Loy, Part 2

…every time Buddhism has spread to a different culture it hasn’t just imposed itself but has also been changed, sometimes radically. Sweeping Zen: Your works have been described by many of your colleagues as helping to reshape our Western understanding of Buddhist teachings, sometimes marking a departure from the so-called Asian party line. Is this […]

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Teisho: Bodhidharma’s Zen Part 2 of 2

Description: Henry continues his exploration of Bodhidharma’s core teaching, Outline of Practice, the Two Gates.  He opens the teisho with an inspiring quote from the novel Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams that captures an essence of what we seek in Zen practice. Then we learn that our tradition of facing the wall comes from Bodhidharma, (the […]

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Message from Henry: Reflections

Life uses us and does not care how we feel about it. I recently re-watched the movie E.T. with one of our sons. Early on, there’s a scene where the main (human) character, a boy called Eliot, has been scattering M&M’s to try to lure the extra-terrestrial out of hiding, though he hasn’t yet met […]

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Bodhi Tree

The body is the Bodhi tree, The mind is like a clear mirror. At all times we must strive to polish it, And must not let the dust collect. Shenxiu, according to Huineng, the sixth Patriarch of Zen Bodhi originally has no tree The mirror also has no stand. Buddha nature is always clear and […]

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