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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The Dharma of Alienation: Part 1 of 2

New media technologies sometimes encourage a kind of “hyper-individualism” because we spend less and less time meeting and interacting with other people – often not even with members of our own families. We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.  – Thich Nhat Hanh The English word “alienation” is from a Latin […]

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Shin-Jin-Mei (Verses on the Faith-Mind) by Sosan, Part 1 of 2

Episode Description: In part 1 of this 2-part series about the Shin-jin-mei (Hsing-Hsign Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind), Henry provides background details about the second patriarch Sosan (Ch. Seng-T’san). We learn about his serious illness, his desire for release from karmic debt, and his awakening encounter with his teacher, the second Chinese Ancestor Eka (Ch. […]

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Newsletter: May 5, 2015

The insight was stunning. I began to realize what daydreaming had done for me — and to me….” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 5, 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 […]

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Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 2 of 2

Is there something specific within the Buddhist tradition that can bring these two types of transformation together in a new model of activism connecting inner and outer practice? Enter…the bodhisattva. Click to read Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 1. According to the traditional definition, the bodhisattva chooses not to enter the state of perfect peace, nirvana, but […]

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Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 1 of 2

…when we do not acknowledge the importance of individual transformation, social transformation is repeatedly subverted by powerful elites taking selfish advantage of their position. David Loy on why the bodhisattva ideal is what the world needs now. Unless you’re on a long retreat in a Himalayan cave, it’s becoming more difficult to overlook the fact […]

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What Really Matters?

Episode Description: In this teisho given on New Years Day, Henry peels back layers of the central question: “What really matters?” exploring other enquiries along the way — What is the grave matter of life and death? What realization can occur when patterned ways of perceiving fall away? Who am I? Henry relates a parable […]

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Newsletter: April 29, 2015

Zen only sets up simple conditions that invite us to examine or truly taste our own experience—what is this consciousness, what is this human body, what is this seeing, hearing, feeling, breathing, thinking? Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, April 29, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page […]

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Toward a New Buddhist Story: Part 3 of 3

We who have language assume we are superior to animals. In fact, our linguistic representations of the world are superior to the world itself, since they can control it. Ironically, the sense of a self that uses language is itself an artefact of language—a linguistic construct   Click to Read Toward a New Buddhist Story […]

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Toward a New Buddhist Story: Part 2 of 3

What is called for now is not people seeking to transcend this world but people who take responsibility for its well-being. Click to Read A New Buddhist Story: Part 1 The Axial Age & Cosmological Dualism The German philosopher Karl Jaspers popularized the idea of an Axial Age (800-200 BCE). He believed that during that […]

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Blue Cliff Record Case 12: Three Pounds of Flax

Episode Description: In this personal discussion of Blue Cliff Record case 12, Henry talks about death, the eternality of time and the limits of rationality. We learn that failure and loss are necessary and that only through the process of non-rational experience can true opening occur. Henry shares two loving and poignant poems that he […]

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