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 …


Message from Henry: Does Zen Actually Work?

It’s a path, not a conclusion. Does Zen actually work? I sometimes wonder. After all, I still get elated when power brokers or incrowders from the world of books send me a friendly greeting, or throw a contract my way, or when a poem comes out in a renowned magazine. And crestfallen when left off […]

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Message from Henry: Taste of Awakening

Every koan is about awakening…. That’s why we have to have tasted “awakening” to work with them. The theory is that by studying how generations of old masters acted, in the koans, we gradually deepen our own awakening, until something happens that allows us to join them in their ongoing awakening. What this something is, is […]

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May We Find Our Inner Light

…behind the temporary unavoidable moments of human darkness is the light of calmness and clarity… As light of all kinds illuminate the festivities around our communities, we contemplate its relation to mindfulness. Different cultures around the globe celebrate the power of light to conquer darkness. The festivities are too numerous to list them all, but […]

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Winter Zen Residency: Spend January 2020 at Mountain Cloud Zen Center

Special program for the month of January! Join our winter cohort. Consider spending January living and working at Mountain Cloud Zen Center: deepen your sitting practice engage in samu service live on the beautiful Mountain Cloud land January in New Mexico is spectacular, clear crisp days, snow flurries and sunshine…. spend the month focused on […]

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Message from Henry: Fielding and Finding

Another way of framing what we’re doing in practice: it is two-fold… First, “fielding” suffering, and welcoming, reducing, transforming it. Second, contacting, finding, encountering intrinsic well-being and allowing it to flourish, grow and show itself more and more clearly, deeply and widely. Message from Henry is from our December 9, 2019 Newsletter Image: Bubble by […]

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