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 …

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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 3 of 3

What does it really mean for awareness to be here-and-now, de-conditioned from attention traps both individual and collective? Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of Awareness Bound and Unbound The Control of Attention Dictatorships control people with violence and the threat of it, to restrain what they do. Modern democracies control people with […]

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Message from Henry: More than One Fruit

If meditation was a one-way ticket to calmness, it would surely still be worth the journey. But instead it’s more – it’s about growth, maturing, expanding and deepening our humanity. Meditation can calm the nervous system. It can reduce our bouts of reactivity and help us to respond to life’s challenges, rather than reacting blindly. […]

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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 2 of 3

…attention has become the basic commodity to be exploited. Click to read Part 1 of Awareness Bound and Unbound. The Commodification of Attention For most of us in the developed world, the greatest attention trap is consumerism, which involves sophisticated advertising that has become very good at manipulating our awareness. Today the bigger economic challenge […]

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Awareness Bound and Unbound, by David Loy, Part 1 of 3

Let the mind come forth without fixing it anywhere. (Diamond Sutra) The Platform Sutra makes the same point: “When our mind works freely without any hindrance, and is at liberty to ‘come’ or to ‘go,’ we attain liberation.” Such a mind “is everywhere present, yet it ‘sticks’ nowhere.” Our awareness becomes stuck when we identify […]

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Summer Sesshin Part 1 of 4: Four Marks of Zen, How to Practice and the Koan Mu

Episode Description: In this first teisho of the summer 2015 sesshin, Henry explores the four traditional marks of Zen which result in discovering innate buddhahood.  Using warm encouragement and anecdotes from his personal history, Henry, reminds us that sesshin is challenging and discusses how we can best attend to our practice. Henry tells a story from […]

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A Very Impressive Gentleman, by Guy Zimmerman

Seeing Gotama so deeply engaged with the radical contingency of his time and place underscores how dogma will not help us – we must engage with experience breath by breath. Reading Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is likely to have an irreversible impact on your image of the historical Buddha. Far from a […]

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