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 …

A Matter of Misdirection: Part 3 of 3

For while original enlightenment is without limits, its expression is always particular. We don’t live life in general; we live life in particular ways, and it is in its particulars that life is invested with wisdom and meaning. This is the final installment of A Matter of Misdirection. Click to Read Part 1 and Part 2.   […]

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A Matter of Misdirection: Part 2 of 3

It seems paradoxical, and it is: by becoming absorbed in the foreground, we allow the background gently (and sometimes suddenly) to come to life. This post is a continuation of A Matter of Misdirection: Part 1 In his first teaching, the Buddha explicitly taught that we exist in a state of suffering and that we […]

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Day 1 of 4

In this first teisho of the sesshin, Henry introduces Dogen’s fascicle on Continuous Practice, and starts to explore what Dogen meant by that term.  The talk includes poetry by Yeats, explores the awakening of Shakyamuni Buddha, and spends time with the koan Mu, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives […]

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A Matter of Misdirection: Part 1 of 3

Misdirection is akin to a principle of growth and development, and it’s no accident that its operations can be detected within the structures of many wisdom traditions. How we learn by looking in the wrong place In “Indian Camp,” the first story in Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, a boy and his father paddle […]

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Dangerous Formulae

  When treasures of the human heart become explicit, there is a greater risk of their becoming doctrinal, then formulaic, then ritualistic and ceremonial, and ultimately banal, mere forms of words and no longer living treasures at all. When Jesus talked about dying and being reborn in the kingdom of heaven, for example, it seems […]

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Newsletter: January 13, 2015

The teachings are nothing but guidance, a set of instructions perhaps, for something we have to do ourselves. Which is to settle down and drop into the reality of who we are. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, January 13, 2015, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the […]

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Going Back To The Source: Sharing An Identity With Everything That Lives {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 13th short video clip (1:29) 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.” This is the final clip of this series. The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers […]

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The Point of Practice

All this existence is in fact nothing but Zen practice. What’s the point of this practice? Well, we could say: it grants space for things to be imperfect. It allows us to let things be as they are. It gives us peace. We somehow learn that the imperfect state of everything is also perfect. Things […]

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