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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Message from Henry: Ordinary Marvel

A superior vessel takes longer to make (old Japanese proverb) It’s good to have devotion to your teacher, but not to the point of quitting if for some reason you lose them. The Zen way requires a teacher but is not about the teacher. Our commitment is to the Way. The teacher is only another expedient […]

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Are Human’s Special? Part 3 by David Loy

Let one’s thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world — above, below, and across — without any obstruction, without any hatred, without any enmity.  ~ Metta Sutra We are featuring some of David Loy’s recent writing on our website to introduce you to this thoughtful and brilliant Zen teacher, writer and environmental activist. David will […]

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Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 5)

“… There is no self, no witness, and no world and it is marked by a sense of deep relief and joy …“ To reach satisfaction in all, desire its possession in nothing.                      John of the Cross Description: This is the fifth and final talk from the Fall […]

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Message from Henry: Healing

The real healing is the dropping away of the unreal self… Recently while teaching in San Diego, during a question-and-answer session, someone asked about the healing aspects of practice. I said something like: first there’s the wound of separation, that we feel separate from all else. That “heals,” in a sense. But it happens through […]

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Are Human’s Special? Part 2 by David Loy

…we are creatures that know we are creatures; moreover, we are creatures that create, and know that we create. We are featuring some of David Loy’s recent writing on our website to introduce you to this thoughtful and brilliant Zen teacher, writer and environmental activist. David will be offering an Eco-Dharma Workshop at Mountain Cloud, May […]

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Message from Henry: Enter Practice

Perhaps with the disenchantment of old formal religious institutions many of us are left with a reflex toward the sacred … without having … frame of reference … Enter Practice.  Koans are ingenious teaching devices. You can’t “get” them but by radical shifts in perspective. As a means of spiritual training they are superb: they […]

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Are Human’s Special? Part 1 by David Loy

…according to traditional Buddhist teachings, only humans can awaken and become Buddhas. That is why it is so important not to waste our precious human birth. David Loy will be offering an eco-dharma lecture and workshop at Mountain Cloud, May 18-20.  Click here for details about the Eco-Dharma weekend. We are featuring some of David’s recent […]

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