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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Zen and the Art: Part 1 of 4

Why the relationship between Zen and art is neither as simple nor as obvious as this cliché implies… For better or worse, “Zen and the Art of…” has become a phrase that, like “Catch-22,” gets bandied about in all kinds of contexts. Zen and the Art of Changing Diapers, Zen and the Art of Casino […]

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Three Treasures Prison Project Update

  Pancho Burke has been Mountain Cloud’s diligent pioneer volunteering at the New Mexico StatePenitentiary. Read Pancho’s letter to our sangha about what’s happening at the prison.  Thank you Pancho for your persistent and compassionate desire to bring a few rays of light to the inmates.       Beloved, Beautiful Sangha- There are so many exciting […]

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Spring Sesshin Part 1 of 2, Mu Koan

Episode Description: This talk, the first during our spring sesshin, introduces the Koan Mu and addresses the challenges that arise during a first sesshin. Henry compares zen practice to musical instrument practice with a lively story about his old trombone teacher, Jack Pinches. He also recounts the difficulties and rewards of his own first sesshin. Henry […]

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Newsletter: May 27, 2015

Our practice is a kind of experiential science, a personal science. The science of authentic self-discovery, as passed down by Zen through many generations. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 27, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of […]

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Don’t Go There: Part 3 of 3

But as hardness melted in the dharma of the sesshin, it became clear that forgiveness was a larger force than any one of us, and that as long as I believed myself to be the bestower or withholder of it, I could not truly forgive anything at all Click to read Part 1 and Part […]

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Don’t Go There: Part 2 of 3

It began to seem to me that a friendship, an intimate relationship, had been ruined, destroyed perhaps forever, by a frenzy of madness, a ruthless orgy of industrialized murder. Was it possible that today, now, what mattered more than the millions of murders was the broken relationship and its healing? Click to read Don’t Go […]

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