Welcome to Mountain Cloud

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 Sesshins.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with some of the construction for our building plans. We encourage you to get involved and help us. Please contact Chris Wuest at MCBuild2017@gmail.com to let us know that you would like to participate.

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

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 …

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 48, Book of Equanimity, Vimalakirti’s “Not-Two” (Part 3 of 5)

Then Manjusri asked Vimalakirti, “All of us have finished giving our explanations. Now you should give your explanation. What does it mean that the Bodhisattva enters the Dharma-gate of Not-Two?” Vimalakirti remained silent. ~ from Case 48 “…  what is that roar of silence? …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry uses a computer software metaphor for […]

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Message from Henry: Koan Training in the West

We have a tendency in the West to understand Buddhist meditation practice as primarily an individual effort for individual benefits. It’s certainly true that we ourselves must do the “heavy-lifting” of maintaining a practice, yet it’s a communal practice… Two points about koan training in the West: 1. Keeping koan training “true” — in the […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Mu Koan (Part 1 of 5)

The great way has no barrier There are a thousand different roads If you pass through this barrier once You will walk this universe alone.         ~ Mumon Description: In this opening talk of our Rohatsu sesshin, Henry explores the Why, What and How of the koan Mu, which has come to […]

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Message from Henry: Occupant or Host

…our practice can over time become more like the ability to play host to whatever kind of experience arises. It’s so easy to get blown off course in practice. In fact although there may be periods when we are staying true to the Path, most of the time it can be a matter of repeated […]

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