Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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

Our regularly scheduled sits and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. The online access link is  sit.mountaincloud.org. Henry will give a dharma talk online each Thursday at 6:30pm.

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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 …

Our New YouTube Channel {VIDEO Clip}

Mountain Cloud Zen Center now has a YouTube Channel. Our 1st video is a short clip (2:12) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” UPDATE Nov 6, 2014: The full video (1:03:15) can be […]

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Podcast: Hyakujo and the Wild Duck

Episode Description: This famous koan from the Blue Cliff Record explores Master Hyakujo’s own journey to awakening under the decisive guidance of his master Baso. It also investigates the true meaning of awakening and its effects in our life. This talk was given by our resident teacher, Henry Shukman, on October 17, 2013.

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Yoga and Zen : One Bright Jewel

“This yoga immersion uncovers the fundamental common essence of dhyana (meditation) and asana (posture) practice. We will focus on cultivating meditative awareness through internal listening and subtle attunement while on the mat and also while walking outside at Esalen. Then, we’ll bring it all to the meditation cushion. This combination of asana, pranayama (breath), and […]

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Newsletter October 9, 2014

What if Zen is a path without progress, where progress is just another illusion? …A path that’s complete and fulfilled before we even take a step. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step, after all… but perhaps it also ends with that same single step. Our regular weekly newsletters and the entire […]

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Friends

Sometimes I wonder if the greatest value of our Dharma practice is what it does to our ability to relate to one another. Could it be that all our practice is, in the end, a pretext for the truly great event: being together without our ordinary social minds? The reason we sit in silence without […]

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Going Back to the Source: A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman

On June 4, 2014, Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman sat down for an engaging conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing […]

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