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.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled for the time being. We will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.  

Our regularly scheduled sits, classes and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. To enter our virtual zendo for sits and events, click on this link:  sit.mountaincloud.org.

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. We offer an online Introduction to Meditation Class every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm MT which provides instruction and support for new meditators.  Continue Reading …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …


Message from Henry: Thoughts on Wisdom

Some ways of looking at the term wisdom… 1. Basic practice: it is wise to begin where we are: always from things just as they are. Beginning in acceptance. Human foibles, world troubles: we start by accepting that they are as they are. From there the work begins, of improving things: that’s wisdom too. 2. […]

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buddha suffering

Dharmatalk: The Problem of Suffering

“Buddha understands suffering so well”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. It begins with the story of Sujata who nourished Siddhartha Gautama with milk-rice under the banyan tree. The focus of the talk is the First Noble Truth—there is suffering. Cultivating the space of awareness through practice can help to free us from our attachment […]

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Message from Henry: Stop and Be

Out of inaction, out of stillness, out of quiet … new and more considered behaviors can emerge We know we will die. We know that humans will cease to be — either asteroids, or the sun expanding, or our own activities, will make this planet uninhabitable sooner or later. Granted this, why not make the […]

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buddha & mara

Dharmatalk: Buddha Was A Woman

“Why does Buddha have to be a man?”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. It addresses the absence of women in most early Buddhist texts and explores the story of Mara who tries to prevent Siddhartha Gautama from awakening. There is also further discussion of the Middle Way, the Buddha’s first teaching, which can be […]

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Message from Henry: Zen Death

Today’s message from Henry is a short excerpt from Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass.  We pick up where we left off last week.  Click here to read last week’s message. It’s hard to know what exactly happened, but when I look back on it, there’s simply nothing. Not even an awareness […]

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mountain river autumn life happens only now

Dharmatalk: Been All Along

“Life only happens now”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. With a focus on how Buddha, the Awakened One, became Buddha, the Dharma teacher, it begins with reflections on the first two phases of practice and initiates a discussion of the Buddha’s first teaching, the Middle Way. For the introduction to this basic Buddhism series, […]

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Message from Henry: Gone

Today’s Message from Henry is a short excerpt from Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass. I had been sitting with a strange koan the past day or two, about Master Kyozan, in which he and a monk do a kind of charade. The monk makes movements with his body and arms, and […]

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Dharmatalk: Venus Twinkling

“I and all beings have simultaneously attained the Way” ~ Buddha Description: This is the first in a series of talks on basic Buddhism, beginning with an exploration of the word Buddhism and the story of Siddhartha Gautama and how he became “Buddha” – awakened. Is there something that is not subject to suffering and […]

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