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.

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …

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 …

Self Improvement

We believe ourselves to be solid and separate “lumps of ice.” Don’t expect to be perfect. As we know, Zen is not about self-improvement. Zen may indeed help to alleviate some of the things we dislike about ourselves, but that is not its real purpose. Rather, give it time and diligence, constancy and faith, and […]

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Blue Cliff Record 66, Ganto and the Sword

Episode Description: This talk explores Case 66 from the Blue Cliff Record, Ganto and the Sword. Roshi Henry Shukman guides us to open our hearts to the alternate dharma reality in which we naturally exist, a consciousness radically different from the “getting and spending” (as Wordsworth called it) of our consumerist lives. This talk also describes the Zen practice […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 5 of 5

Koans, too, return us to our daily lives. This is surely why Salinger used one as the epigraph to one of his greatest books: It was in harmony with the thrust of his tender, farreaching morality. Click to read: Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, and Part 4 of How to Be in the World. […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 4 of 5

Mu soon opened me up: suddenly, one evening… the world vanished; there was nothing at all. I remember thinking: all this training of the mind, yet there is no mind! There’s absolutely nothing! Not a speck in the sky. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2  and Part 3 and Part 5 of 5 of […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 3 of 5

“To study the self is to forget the self,” said Dogen. If you try to find who you really are, you may discover you’re not there at all. Dogen also said: “To forget oneself is to be actualized by all things.” Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 4 and Part 5 of […]

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014 Day 4 of 4

The last talk of the sesshin again returns to Continuous Practice, taking us through discussions of Tennyson’s poem “Crossing the Bar,” sweatlodges, cults, faith and the Three Treasures. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: Stones, Meditation by memyselfaneye, CC0 Public Domain, from pixabay.com

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Newsletter: February 11, 2015

There’s debate about what a self is, but most would agree it involves choosing. Wanting and disliking. Craving and aversion. The “three fires” of Buddhism—greed, aversion and misunderstanding—are all aspects of self. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, February 11, 2015, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 2 of 5

Dogen said: “Directly upon encountering the dharma, we will abandon the law of the world.” Click to read Part 1 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 of 5 of How to Be in the World.. Salinger became an entry point into the dharma for me in two ways. First, that inherent seeking manifest […]

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