Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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 Retreats.

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 …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …

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Visiting Students: Spend January 2020 at Mountain Cloud Zen Center

Special program for the month of January! Join our winter cohort. Consider spending January living and working at Mountain Cloud Zen Center: deepen your sitting practice engage in samu service live on the beautiful Mountain Cloud land January in New Mexico is spectacular, clear crisp days, snow flurries and sunshine…. spend the month focused on […]

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Minutes – Sangha Meeting October 12, 2019

Thank you to all who attended the October sangha meeting. We had nearly 30 attendees.  Gassho! Approve agenda and minutes of last meeting: both approved Teacher’s Report  (See below)   Please remember on October 29 at Garcia Street Books, Henry will be reading from his new book, One Blade of Grass. Site Manager’s Report  Sarah […]

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He Who Works

He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~ St.Francis of Assisi    Photo and design by Rosa Bellino

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Message from Henry: A Glimpse

It’s quite simple: sit with a koan until it blows your mind.  Only then will we be beginning to glimpse a little of what it really is. But a little is often plenty. Sit diligently, durably, stably. Keep coming back to it. Message from Henry is from our October 14 Newsletter Image: Snow Winter (edited) […]

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Message from Henry: Pausing (part 2)

Sometimes people say: I can’t meditate, my mind is too busy. Or: I’ve got so many thoughts in my head, I’m not cut out for meditation. That’s like saying: I can’t go to the gym, I’m not fit enough. They’re describing the very condition or problem that meditation can help us with. Message from Henry […]

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Dharmatalk: Points of Practice

We are giving ourselves to this moment  Description: This talk is about general points of practice with a focus on five areas: relaxing the body; general mindfulness; concentration (samadhi); awakening; returning to the world—to help. The common denominator to all of these elements is Love. In beautiful excerpts from Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, we can catch […]

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Dharmatalk: Living Our Deepest Nature

Description: This talk recounts a recent teacher’s retreat in Germany with the Abbot of Sanbo Zen, Yamada Ryoun Roshi. It begins with the story of Father Lassalle, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher who built the zendo in Germany where the retreat took place. Practice does not end; there is no I’ve-got-this moment. Or we might […]

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Sangha Meeting: Saturday October 12, 10am

Join us for our next Sangha meeting for all Mountain Cloud members and friends. Learn about what’s happening in our community… Rio Grande Mindfullness Institute (RGMI) Henry’s teaching activities Visiting student’s program Samu / work practice Garden, cottage and grounds updates Provide your input. Bring your questions. All are encouraged to attend. Considering becoming a […]

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Message from Henry: Heart Opening

Sit and be still, be silent, and let your heart open. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual practice is as long as it teaches you to love this world. Not “teach” in the sense of telling you to. Rather, that it makes love open up in your heart. All the philosophy, theology, practices, methods and […]

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