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 BuildMC2017@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: A Talk on Jesus

Description: In this Christmas-time episode, Henry gives a talk on Jesus, departing from his traditional koan-centered teisho. Henry starts by introducing Thomas Merton’s phrase “Virgin Time”… which could also be translated as “new time.” In a non-orthodox interpretation, Henry asks could it be that Jesus’ birth represents this “new time,” where all previous ordering and […]

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Message from Henry: Middle Way

Our emotional habits are part of an imaginary house we have constructed out of empty elements. However much we may dislike some of them, they are part of our illusion of “safety.” Actually that safety is full of imagined threat and anxiety. If we would only see through it and let it go, we would […]

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Work Retreat: April 1-8

Blend your sitting practice with work. Join us for a work retreat at Mountain Cloud from April 1-8. Cost is Free (small donation toward food cost appreciated) Help us prepare our land for our infrastructure and building project. Participants will work for about 6 hours a day and sit for 2-3 hours. Newcomers are welcome […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 2 of 4, by David Loy

A lot of social interaction is about reassuring each other and ourselves that we’re all really okay even though inside we feel that we’re not. Read Part 1 of The Suffering of Self But why is a constructed sense of self so uncomfortable? “My” sense of self is composed of mostly habitual ways of perceiving, […]

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Message from Henry: It’s Not About You

Of all the adventures, the greatest is the one that begins with letting go of the self. Brief excerpt from Yamada Koun’s talks on the Shinjinmei… Dogen wrote the following waka poem: I hear water dripping from the eaves: Since there is no mind, That dripping is my self! If I believe that the mind […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 1 of 4, by David Loy

Buddhism isn’t about helping us become well-adjusted. A socially well-adjusted ego-self is still a sick ego-self, for there remains something problematical about it. It is still infected by dukkha. If someone asked you to summarize the teachings of the Buddha, what would you say? For most Buddhists, probably the first thing that would come to mind […]

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