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.

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 …

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Teisho: Many Doors

“… The door of every house leads to Chang’an …. every aspect of our experience is a door to oneness, to emptiness …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld, which highlights various perspectives on practice. Every sect of Buddhism, every phenomenon and […]

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Message from Henry: Meet Each Moment

As one master said: When I sit, I sit; when I walk, I walk. There is no day that is properly exempt from practice. Practice is not a special segregated activity, but rather a way of meeting each moment more fully, directly and responsively. Therefore it isn’t ever something to postpone. Whatever is arising is […]

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Teisho: Learning to Be

“… The present moment is shot through with rays of the infinite …” Description: In this talk, Henry reviews the basics of mindfulness, beginning with Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which apply to the entirety of experience and demonstrate that the roots of mindfulness run deep in Zen. These foundations can be seen as the basis […]

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Message from Henry: Creative Principle

Infinite creative energy has infinite parts at its disposal. It creates things with them, they endure then come apart like sandcastles. An order – a thing – is created, then allowed to disperse again. So marvelous, so free. We too are among the many things it makes, as are all the trillion parts of us. […]

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Message from Henry: Purpose in Practice

…where we taste and sense – beneath the troubles of life – a great well-being… One fairly recent message about the purpose or utility of practice may have come across as baffling. Obviously, few people are going to take up a practice without a reason. And yet, here is a dialogue from the Zen records: […]

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Teisho: One Love

“… It is possible to see through our lives to a great wonder that is without form but is infinitely loving and deeply personal …” Description: This talk was given the day after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Henry had planned on presenting a koan but, instead, decided to tell us a story about an experience he […]

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Message from Henry: 4 x 4 All-Terrain Practice

The dharma we are encountering… precisely is the contents of our life, warts and all… Occasionally we hit difficult times in our practice and may be tempted to think the practice surely can’t apply to or “fit in” with these rough times. I remember one phase early in my own training when I was caught […]

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