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. 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 …


Mindful Living: Open Mind and Heart Space

Mindfulness teaching instructs us to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. Why? Mind and body are the accumulation of all we have done and experienced in our lifetime. We have an incredible capacity for the storage of memory. This memory becomes our road map for how we see the world. But the map is […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 95, Book of Equanimity: Rinzai Draws a Line (Part 1): 2019 Spring Sesshin (Part 2 of 4)

“… You are the innate beauty of the whole cosmos, the whole of creation …” Description: This is the second talk of the Spring 2019 sesshin. To begin, methods to address difficulties that may arise when sitting for long periods are discussed. Case 95 is introduced through the lens of the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma […]

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Message from Henry: One Bright Pearl

Zen: the only way to keep it is to give it away. Throughout my training I’d thought I just wanted to find again the “one bright pearl” I’d glimpsed on the beach at nineteen, the Golden Fleece the youth failed to bring home, and the inner torment he felt about that being the very measure […]

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Introduction to Meditation Weekend Retreat: February 14-16 – Registration Closed

Join us for a Valentines weekend retreat beginning on Friday evening February 14, 2020 and ending at lunch-time on Sunday February 16. If you have never done a Zen retreat,  are new to sitting practice, returning to practice, or would simply enjoy a few days of extended sitting practice…. this weekend is for you. Give yourself […]

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Mindful Living: Our Mind Can Be Our Friend

Our quality of life has a lot to do with how we use our brain. As we refer to our measurable intellectual capacity as our IQ, so we have a corresponding emotional intelligence which we refer to as our EQ. Self-awareness gives us insight into how our emotions affect our thinking, our reasoning, and our […]

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Sangha Meeting Report: January 25

  Attending: Will, Stephen, Lisa, Christian, John, Karen, Peg, Gudrun, Mark, Vivian, Valerie, Paul, Laura, Christy, Rob, Dan, Henry, Chris, David H, Mary Ann, Yvonne, Rosemary, Damon, Bill, Kathryn, Katie, Sarah, Sean, Rachel, Jay, Deborah, Sandy, Dave S, Johanna Welcome: Introducing Valerie, Yvonne and Dan, and the visiting students;  Sgt Pepper’s Heart of Perfect Wisdom […]

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