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: The Word “Good”

“… beauty, in the zen tradition, is regarded as a hallmark of reality … Beauty is ephemeral; it is inextricably linked to loss and impermanence …” Description: In this talk, Henry explores the meaning of the word “good,” beginning with the opening of the Book of Genesis, and moving into the first way that “good” appears in […]

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Message from Henry: Simple

Whenever craving arises, it’s an opportunity. Whenever aversion arises, it’s a chance – to accept, allow, surrender, release. To taste liberation, the reality of this moment, and to step through the gateless gate. Practice is better simple. It responds better (so to speak) to simplicity than to sophistication. Great practitioners may be able to respond […]

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Zen: Soto, Rinzai and Sanbo Zen, Part 1 of 2

“… the very impermanency of grass and tree, thicket and forest is the Buddha nature …” ~ Dogen Dogen is credited with founding Soto (one of three important Zen “schools”) in Japan. But what is Soto? And how does it differ from Rinzai?  These differences are important. Many of the “lost generation” of Westerners who came from […]

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Message from Henry: Trapping the Moon

The self is like a seed that has been planted in this world, whose task is to give itself up, to break, disintegrate, and allow itself to dissolve into the greater life of all things, which it does not know. That’s what life is for. But so little are we taught this these days that […]

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Dogen Zenji, Part 2 of 2

“… circle of practice-enlightenment is renewed moment after moment …” ~ Dogen Zenji In the previous part we covered some of Dogen’s journey of realization (& Zen in Japan) and closed that with one of Kaz Tanahashi’s summary comments on Dogen’s answer regarding practice … Continuing Kaz’s summary on Dogen: “Dogen accepts this image of a linear process of seeking. But he […]

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Teisho: Case 58, Book of Equanimity: ” ‘Getting Despised’ in the Diamond Sutra”

“…any notion of recognition or good reputation becomes unnecessary …” Description: The center of this talk is the koan, “‘Getting Despised’ in the Diamond Sutra,” from the Book of Equanimity. It also appears in the Blue Cliff Record. This koan is an excerpt from the Diamond Sutra, the Mahayana sutra which expresses, most closely, the spirit […]

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Message from Henry: Zen…

The sixth paramita, prajna, the “final” point of training, of a life of practice: naturally, whatever it connotes, it couldn’t be less final… It’s the start of everything. Zen is not about Zen. It doesn’t ask us to be interested in Zen. It doesn’t say: hey, we are all about our beliefs, and these are […]

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Dogen Zenji, Part 1 of 2

  “In spring hundreds of flowers, in autumn the clear moon, In summer a cool breeze, and in winter the white snow, if your mind is free of vanity, then every season is fine.”   No conversation about Japanese Zen is complete without a discussion of one of the World’s great masters, Eihei Dogen (also known as Dogen […]

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