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.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled.  We will reevaluate the situation as things change and we will keep you informed.  

Our regularly scheduled sits, classes and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. To enter our virtual zendo for sits and events, click on this link:  sit.mountaincloud.org.

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. We offer an online Introduction to Meditation Class every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm MT which provides instruction and support for new meditators.  Continue Reading …

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

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Hyakujo’s “Turning Word” from The Book of Equanimity

Episode Description: Roshi Henry presents a case from the Book of Equanimity in which Master Hyakujo’s “turning word” about the law of causation releases an old man into authentic freedom. Hear a magical story about how a man receives healing, love and timeless understanding from a gentle whale. Using personal disclosure and koan explication, Henry […]

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Newsletter: March 25, 2015

Only through the gateless gate of absolute zero does our real life spring forth most wonderfully: “the iron trees come into bloom.” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 25, 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 […]

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Stephen Batchelor Returns to Mountain Cloud April 2, 2-4pm

Stephen Batchelor returns to Mountain Cloud on Thursday April 2, 2-4pm for a conversation on early Buddhism, the Zen tradition and ancient Greek Philosophy with Mountain Cloud guiding teacher Henry Shukman–continuing the exploration of contact and congruence between the ancient East and West. Last year, Stephen and Henry sat down for an engaging conversation, on June 4th, at […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 2 of 6

The early Buddhist scriptures tend to be didactic and discursive, often familiar to us moderns in their reason and rationality. Yet even here defamiliarization is at work, not so much in the style as in the content. Click to read The Unfamiliar Familiar Part 1 The world is dynamic and changing; therein lies its freshness. […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 1 of 6

Learning to see the world anew “A fresh look and a fresh listen,” said Robert Frost of a good poem. “Read it a hundred times: it will for ever keep its freshness as a metal keeps its fragrance.” A poem may not show us anything new, but what we see, we see afresh, and what […]

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Blue Cliff Record 70, 71, & 72, How does one Speak with Lips and Throat Closed?

Episode Description: This talk combines three related Blue Cliff Record cases 70, 71, and 72. We meet Hyakujo, Isan, Goho and Ungan, who grapple with the nature of speech and ultimate understanding. Roshi Henry Shukman draws on his extensive literary background to relate koan structure with narrative storytelling, which includes references to character transformation in Tolstoy’s […]

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Newsletter: March 18, 2015

The clarity is what matters. And clarity in Zen can only come from depth of experience. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 18, 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). Greetings […]

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Pink Panther Practice

Here’s what we can do: hand it all over to the Dharma, to the practice. This tangle is just too much. Please take it. I don’t know how popular the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers were in the US in the 1970s, but in the UK they were big, and we couldn’t wait for […]

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Making the Buddha but Forgetting the Soul

Let’s not overlook this: meeting the world, opening to beauty, living out of love rather than rigidity – this is the “soul” we might forget if we are too focused on practice on the cushion, and on the insights and experiences Zen can open up. Let’s not make Buddha but forget the soul. The last […]

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Blue Cliff Record 69, Nansen Draws a Circle

Episode Description: This talk delineates the classic koan, Nansen Draws a Circle, Blue Cliff Record Case 69. Roshi Henry describes the brilliant craziness of this koan and draws on wisdom from Dogen’s Genjokoan. The talk explores both the substance and function of the “nameless fact” and concludes by describing Zen’s healing power. Image Credit:This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image […]

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