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 …


Message from Henry: The Fifth Paramita – Dhyana

In meditation we can drop the whole caboodle. Instead we can sit in the vast timeless reality of the present moment, with no agenda but appreciation. Dhyana means “meditation” – or meditative concentration, or meditative absorption. We can take it as absorption, the practice of becoming absorbed in meditation. In other words, being absorbed by. […]

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Weekend Introductory Sesshin: May 5-7, Registration is now closed

Consider attending our weekend Introductory sesshin May 5-7.  This short sesshin begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday morning. It is designed to support those new to Zen retreats. Participants will do periods of zazen (sitting meditation) combined with kinhin (walking meditation). We will also provide meditation instruction and sesshin support. Our teacher Henry will […]

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Message from Henry: Virya, the Fourth Paramita

All we could ever find, need or want, is right here, closer than the nose on our face. Virya, the fourth paramita: determination, diligence, constancy. It connotes both not giving up, and diligent attentiveness. If we keep our eyes on practice, we are keeping them on the present moment. Then in a sense linear time […]

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The Meeting: Zen’s Challenge to An Individual, Interior Spirituality, Part 3 of 7

In the “four marks of Zen” attributed to the great ancestor Bodhidharma, Zen is identified as a “mind-to-mind transmission outside scripture.” Read Part 1 and Part 2 of The Meeting Zen Buddhism’s ancestral narrative begins when the Buddha recognizes his disciple Kashyapa as his one true successor. During an assembly on Vulture Peak attended by […]

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