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.

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 …


Introductory Talk #1: The Origin of Zen Buddhism

“… Zen Buddhism is focused primarily on meditative practice—“it’s about the sitting.” …” Description: This talk begins with the story of the Buddha, which means, “awakened one.” He began his life as a prince, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), and became Buddha after six and a half years of practice. After encountering an old man, a sick man, a […]

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Message from Henry: Personality

Leaking samadhi: still a self, managing itself. Non-leaking samadhi: no self. No management. We can’t seem to help it, we all walk around with our socially constructed personalities. They are like masks. Or puppets. Additional. Not intrinsic. However lovely we may try to make them appear, they aren’t quite real, and are therefore in some […]

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21st century Buddhism: Facing Institutionalized Suffering, Interview with David Loy

Karma IS created by our motivations. We will be posting sections of an interview Matthias Luckwaldt had with David Loy over the next few weeks. In this first part, David talks about Karma. Luckwaldt: You are a valued critic when it comes to the integration of traditional Buddhist teachings and values into our western societies. What are […]

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Teisho: Dialoguing and Certifying

“… we can become aware that we are the universe functioning; the universe is becoming aware of itself in every moment …” Responding without falling into achievement. Speaking without involving listeners. The ten thousand forms majestically glisten and expound the dharma. All objects certify it, everyone in dialogue. Dialoguing and certifying, they respond appropriately to each other. […]

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Message from Henry: Trust

There is nothing “to trust.” And that “nothing” is wondrously trustworthy. Having been skeptical and having trusted very little – having had very little trust – this practice can lead us to a position where there is simply no doubt left, and nothing left to doubt. It could be called a “position-less position.” It might […]

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What is Ecodharma? by David R. Loy

…there are important parallels between our usual personal predicament – our sense of separation from the rest of the world – and our collective sense of separation from the natural world. Ecodharma is a relatively new word, and its meaning is by no means fixed. The term combines the teachings of Buddhism and related spiritual […]

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Teisho: Case 60, Book of Equanimity: Tetsuma, the Cow

“… We practice, cultivating attention and allowing and go beyond “self” …” Description: This teisho is the fifth talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. The fourth talk was a silent talk. In the third talk, Henry spoke about the fact that koans are not moral or practical guidance. To begin this talk, further explanation is offered—specifically, how […]

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November 25 & 26: Weekend Workshop with Kaz Tanahasi and Henry Shukman Exploring Zen Master Dogen

The Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the teachings of Zen Master Dogen With Kazuaki Tanahashi and Henry Shukman At Mountain Cloud Zen Center November 25-26 (Saturday and Sunday) 10 AM – 4 PM each day (Lunch provided) Cost: $130   Join us for meditation, dharma talks, discussion and demonstrations of calligraphy, all inspired by Master […]

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Message from Henry: Genjo Koan

To study the Way is to study your self. To study self is to forget self. To forget self is to be awakened by all things. To realize this is to cast off the body and mind of self and other. When you have reached this stage you will practice awakening continually, without awareness of […]

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