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 …

A Quiet Self

Sometimes people say their sitting is still and deep, and that there really isn’t much sense of self active in their experience. That’s great: it’s growing samadhi. We could call it the start of “extinguishing,” where the process of “emptying” is getting under way. At the same time, it’s not at all the same as […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

“We may start to entertain the possibility that, just as “realization” revealed what a dream the world of self and other has been, perhaps even realization itself is also a dream to be awakened from. “Throw away all things and emptiness,” said master Mumon. “ Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. […]

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Newsletter: November 13, 2014

As Dogen said: “I went to China. Body and mind fell away. I found the Dharma. I went with empty hands, and I returned with empty hands.” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 13, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see […]

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Going Back To The Source: In order to see the ground {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 3rd short video clip (4:32) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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What Cannot Be Conveyed: Interview by Joanna Harcourt-Smith (FuturePrimitive)

Henry participates in an engaging conversation with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, of FuturePrimitive about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany,” a long search, a relationship system, clarifying who we really are, a path of not-knowing, trying to convey what cannot be conveyed, “things just happen,” archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension, and two poems. Please click here to listen. The FuturePrimitive […]

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Escape

“..we all seem to yearn for something indescribably precious which has been lost to our experience.” Zen is also about closing off our escape routes, so that in the end there is nowhere to go. We have no choice but to be right here, where we are. We seem to long for transcendence, to escape […]

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Our New YouTube Channel {VIDEO Clip}

Mountain Cloud Zen Center now has a YouTube Channel. Our 1st video is a short clip (2:12) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” UPDATE Nov 6, 2014: The full video (1:03:15) can be […]

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