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 …


Dharmatalk: Case 85, Book of Equanimity: The National Teacher’s Gravestone (Part 3 of 3)

“… In between, there’s gold filling the whole land …” ~ Tangen Description: This is the fifth talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. Tangen’s beautiful verse to Case 85 is explored and appreciated. Using additional, wonderful excerpts from War and Peace, we are invited to taste what Tangen is expressing. Post & Featured image: Buddha Gold byHoney […]

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Message from Henry: A Message to Visitors

You have arrived. Dear Visitor – welcome to Mountain Cloud. This is a place of peace. People come here to find a deeper peace in their life, a love, a purpose, meaning, freedom, helpfulness – a sense that there is more to this life than we commonly know. In the path of practice followed here, […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 85, Book of Equanimity: The National Teacher’s Gravestone (Part 2 of 3)

“… The whole point of this practice is to find Now, really find Now …” Description: This is the fourth talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. It is a continuation of the exploration of Case 85. The national teacher’s only concern is that the emperor find non-worldly happiness—“the infinite blessing of unconditional well-being.” Once again, […]

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Message from Henry: Just This

No before or after. No over there, no over here. Just this. Time and space – vanished, gone. Only this. You could say: only peace, but that already spoils it. It has flavors: Silent. Still. Quiet. Infinitely soft. Utterly solid. Infinitely powerful, energetic, dynamic. Infinitely flowing, a churning waterfall of beauty and softness. Infinitely supportive, […]

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The Heart of a Rose

  The Heart Of a rose So soft So easy to break Let it break it open Open to Life Open to sorrow Open to joy And yet Your open Heart Is never  touched Never soiled By the ups and downs of Life Yes Let your Heart be Broken open Now Before It breaks in thousands peaces Each piece lost […]

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Message from Henry: Seismic Dharma

I had a dream recently in which Mountain Cloud was a great truck on which many of us were traveling – almost like a ship – riding through seismically active mountains. Volcanoes and fumaroles would steam and rupture and shake the earth – and on we went, riding through it all. In the words of […]

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Dharmatalk: Tolstoy and the Dharma

“I knew that feeling of love which is the very essence of the soul for which no object is needed.” ~ Prince Andrei, War and Peace Description: This is the second talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. After some additional, helpful sesshin tools for wearing down the self, this talk unfolds into a discussion of […]

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