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: Five Skandhas

When like and dislike do not arise, the Way stands clear.  – from the Shinjinmei These are the five “skandhas” or “aggregates”: matter or form (rupa), sensation or feeling (vedana), perception or recognition (sañña), mental formations or reactions (sankhara), consciousness (viññana). The five skandhas are not just basic elements of experience, but constitute stages in […]

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How does an Awakened Person Perceive the World? Part 1 of 4

The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown.  -Thomas Traherne David Loy explores the nature of reality, and ourselves, when we experience the world as it really is. How does an enlightened person perceive the world? Obviously, that’s an important question for non-dualists including Advaitins and Buddhists. ‘Waking […]

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What Matters Most

All Zen asks of us is that we become quiet and still with ourselves, and find out who we really are. I would like to urge each of you to look into your heart and ask yourself what matters most in this brief span of years we have been granted. It won’t be long before […]

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Case 7 Book of Equanimity. Master Yakusan Ascends the Rostrum, Part 2 of 2

Episode Description: This talk continues with Case 7, “Yakusan Ascends the Rostrum,” exploring Yakusan’s own process of transformation. It begins by reflecting on how revolutionary Zen practice is — an overturning of how we think things are. Yakusan offers a great example of how to proceed in this revolution: “Sit down and be silent.” Henry discusses […]

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Nobutada Meditating Daruma

Zen and the Art of… Art

Zen art suggests a new way of seeing, a new way of being, that cuts to the core of what it means to be fully human and fully alive. — John Daido Loori Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) -this is an example of a Zen landscape done during the Muromachi period. Sesshu trained as a professional painter in […]

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Heaven meets Heart

When Heaven Meets Heart

“When heaven meets heart a flower blooms unborn and undying it lives with a care till it turns the heard towards the ground and bows in gratitude” Photo and poem by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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Zazenkai: Sunday August 23, 9am-4pm

Join us for a day of zazen with Henry and the Mountain Cloud community. The day will include sitting, kinhin, teisho, and dokusan. Please come and dedicate a full day to your zazen practice and the dharma.  All are welcome. The cost is $25 for members of Mountain Cloud Zen Center and $30 for non-members. […]

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