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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Newsletter: June 16, 2015

An empty mirror; the giver of all; no mirror; a fire without fuel: the Dharma.  Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, June 16, 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 any other page on this site (see Subscribe/Connect). Hello friends, The […]

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Zen and the Art: Part 4 of 4

…the secret truth is that art is useless… Its “purpose” is to delight with its purposelessness, to demonstrate that in our lives of “getting and spending” there must be one thing without utilitarian value. Click to read Zen and the Art, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In his book What Good Are the […]

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Zen and the Art: Part 3 of 4

Perhaps there is a parallel between the artist wrestling with his medium, bending it to the shape he seeks, and a dharma practitioner wrestling with the equally intractable medium of the “self,” which she strives to see for what it is. Click to read Zen and the Art, Part 1 and Part 2. The Trappist […]

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ONLINE REGISTRATION is here … for Mountain Cloud Summer Sesshin: July 7 to 12

Summer Sesshin: The True Gate of Ease and Joy… Our summer sesshin is rapidly approaching. This five-day sesshin, from July 7th to 12th, is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to allow ourselves to sink into the boundless reality of the Dharma, finding the ease and joy in being human that Dogen speaks of as […]

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Life is worth living … full flow! {VIDEO}

“…life, …  for all it’s bruises and false starts, it’s blind alleys and reversals, it’s failures, … is worth living … full flow …” This YouTube video, below, is being posted in lieu of this week’s podcast episode. Regular weekly (every Thursday) publishing of podcast episodes will recommence with the next episode on Jun 18th. Bill Broyles, who […]

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Zen and the Art: Part 2 of 4

    According to the Buddhist scholar Robert Sharf, the relationship between Zen and art is neither simple nor obvious. Indeed, it is a matter that we in the West have largely gotten wrong…         Click to read Zen and The Art Part 1 The connection between certain Chinese arts and Chan […]

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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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