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 …


Message from Henry: Awakening & Training

Awakening: the real experience is a one-off, but it never ends. It’s worth following this path because it offers a means, a way, a vehicle and a safe space for letting go of everything. Afterwards it picks us up and shows us how to live and practice endlessly, beyond the letting go. To let go […]

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Teisho: The Christmas Story & Zen

All things pregnant with a single treasure. “… open the inn door and allow room for now? Attending to the present moment opens the space where the treasure that is intrinsic to our existence is revealed …” Description: Essentially, the core of all the great traditions teach us about what it is to be human. In this beautiful […]

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Butterfly and Flower

Without a thought, the flower invites the butterfly. Without a thought, the butterfly visits the flower. When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes.   When the butterfly arrives, the flower blooms. I do not know others; others do not know me. Not knowing each other, we act in accord with the Goddess of Spring. —Ryokan […]

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Teisho: Case 70, Book of Equanimity: Shinsan Asks about Nature

“… this moment … is without content—it is unborn and, simultaneously, undeniably present …” Description: In this powerful talk Henry begins by conveying that, however perplexing they seem to be, the subject matter of all koans is right here, right now. In Case 70, Master Shinsan and Master Shuzan are having a dialogue, or mondo. Shinsan begins, “After […]

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Message from Henry: Unexpected Potential

…in taking out the meditation part of the old traditions and marketing it to a new population, without the general context of the tradition, can sometimes lead to unstable practice. When Asian meditation masters first started coming to the West in the early 20th century, for the most part they were practitioners who understood meditation […]

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Mindful Awareness

All conditions and experiences are valid for practice. Buddha’s teaching on mindful awareness practice is broad: it covers a lot of bases. Be mindful of body posture, of short breath, long breath, of pleasant sensation, unpleasant sensation, sensation that is neither pleasant nor unpleasant, of perceptions and interpretations, of reactions and impulses. And of mind-states: […]

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