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 …

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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How to Be in the World: Part 1 of 5

How to Be in the World: J.D. Salinger and a Zen Koan for Authenticity Click to read Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 of 5 of How to Be in the World. “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” J. D. Salinger inscribed in the opening pages of Nine Stories. […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 4 of 4

…a truth of spiritual life: that there are moments we come to when our thinking is suspended, and when an old knowing has been dropped and the attachment to a new knowing has not yet arisen.   This post is the final installment of the four part series, The Art of Being Wrong. Click here to […]

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014 Day 3 of 4

The third talk of the sesshin focuses on “nothing to attain” and “allowing”, and includes beautiful and relevant stories of Tolstoy’s. 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 3, 2015

The sudden clear recognition that we never existed the way we thought we did: true kensho. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, February 3, 2015, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. 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 […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 3 of 4

…as Nansen told Joshu, we are more likely to stumble upon the Way when we cease our vaunting efforts to “attain” it. Rather, when we succumb with grace to the fact that we are, basically, hopeless cases, we have an extraordinary opportunity to discover in what sense we are not hopeless. This post is Part […]

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Mindful Parenting Class: Thursday Mornings, February 26-April 2

Stress Reduction for Parents! Kate Reynolds, LPCC will be facilitating a Mindful Parenting Class at Mountain Cloud on Thursday mornings, 8:45-10:15, February 26-April 2. Cost is $155 for the six week series which includes workbook, 4 cd set and over 20 meditations, articles, poems and resource lists. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 2 of 4

This is where a koan’s capacity for liberation lies—not in the discovery of some new knowledge but in its power to help us give up our familiar template of knowing. This post is a continuation of The Art of Being Wrong Part 1. Peripeteia as defined by Aristotle is a literary device. But it seems […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 1 of 4

Nearly always, in great literature, there is some kind of turning point in a narrative arc which is also a turning back—something like Dogen’s “backward step that shines the light inward”—wherein a character is granted an opportunity to understand himself in a different or better way, and it’s that that makes all the difference. There’s […]

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