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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, weekly teaching events, and monthly retreats. All weekly events are free, no registration required.

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Getting Started with Meditation

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 is to attend our Introductory class for new meditators and to attend some of our daily meditation sessions to find out if it’s for you.  Continue Reading …

Zoom link for most regularly scheduled online sits and events:  sit.mountaincloud.org
Zoom link for the Tuesday 5pm Intro Class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87138601704
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On-site Sits in our zendo: click for the Schedule.

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014

  UPDATED DETAILS November 6, 2014: Our Rohatsu Sesshin begins on Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 pm and goes until lunch on Sunday December 7. Rohatsu is one of our most important annual events.  Each day there will be a teisho (dharma talk) and dokusan (private interviews) available with Zen teacher Henry Ryu’un Shukman. The cost is on a sliding scale […]

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Me

It turns out this “me” is a seed — as Jesus said, it’s the “corn of wheat” that must fall to the ground and die. Zen always says: Die! Be killed! Why? Because this little agent of separation called “me” – this identity that creates itself and in doing so creates its own separation – […]

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Angst

“… If we could just flip the angle of light, the trick of perspective, we would see exactly what we do not see, rather than what we do see…” What about the angst we modern humans are heir to, the “vague nameless dread” that comes with our moral and spiritual uncertainty, as Yamada Koun Roshi […]

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Podcast: Seppo’s Poisonous Snake

Episode Description: In this talk exploring Case 22 of the Blue Cliff Record, we examine the teachings of the great Tang-dynasty master Seppo, who had a long hard struggle in his own practice, after which he became a teacher of many great Zen masters, and whose legacy is still alive today. This talk was given […]

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The Ancestors’ Love

What do we have to do to receive the love and help of the ancestors, ever more deeply and thoroughly, until finally we know that we do nothing, and they do everything? We act through and for them. They act through us. We are their hands in this world. And as we allow them to […]

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Addiction to Suffering

Suffering is a system to which we attach ourselves.  In a way, that’s OK.  If that’s what we choose to do, then so be it.  Except in another way it’s not OK, because we suffer.  We find it painful.  Yet, on the whole, we are quite reluctant to disengage from it.  We imagine the price […]

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Little Champion

When I get hopeless about human life, which quite frankly is far too difficult for me, I like to remember that in the desert there is a little butterfly that lives by drinking urine and when I have to drive to work on Saturday, to spend an hour opening the mail, deciding what to keep […]

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Teisho: What is Zen?

Welcome to Mountain Cloud Zen Podcast (MCZP) Series! Episode Description: This talk, the first in our new audio podcast series, offers some brief introductory thoughts by way of an overview of Zen training, then an introduction to Zen’s most revered koan collection, the Blue Cliff Record, and finally a look at the first koan in […]

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About Zen

Zen is a practice of meditation and action designed to free us to live compassionate, healthy and energized lives. The word “Zen” simply means meditation. The practice of meditation can bring many benefits: greater attention and awareness, the settling down of our emotional life, a growing sense of goodwill and kindness, and a desire to […]

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