Guiding Teacher: Henry Shukman


Henry Shukman (Ryu’un-ken) is a Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage, based in Kamakura, Japan and is Mountain Cloud’s Guiding Teacher. He trained primarily with Joan Rieck Roshi, Zen teacher John Gaynor, Ruben Habito Roshi, and Yamada Ryoun Roshi, international abbot of Sanbo Zen. Henry is dedicated to what he sees as core Zen training— clarifying our “original nature,” following the eight-fold path, and living in love, freedom and deep responsiveness.

Henry is also a writer and poet of British-Jewish origin, who has published nine books to date, of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He writes regularly for Tricycle, The New York Times and other publications, and his most recent book is the memoir One Blade of Grass. He lives near the center with his wife Clare, with whom he has two adult sons.


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