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 …


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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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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