Welcome to Mountain Cloud

To awaken, liberate and protect all beings.

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 Retreats.

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 …


Tree of Wisdom

Oak and maple, palm and pine—trees are our closest neighbors and most patient teachers… on the common roots of people and trees. There is a cabin in the remote mountains of northern New Mexico that stands on the side of a steep, wooded ravine. It is hidden deep among the huge ponderosa pines that thrive […]

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Case 1 Book of Equanimity, The World Honored One Ascends the Rostrum

Episode Description: This teisho begins Henry’s journey through the Book of Equanimity. Case 1 shows the importance of just sitting, being still and quiet. Henry discusses Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teachings. He explores the teaching on dukkha (intrinsic dissatisfaction) and asks: Is there something in the core of ourselves that is intrinsically dissatisfied and dissatisfying? Henry then […]

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Newsletter: June 24, 2015

In sesshin we are like rows of seeds planted in the loam of the teaching, partially shaded from the fiercest sun by the leaves of Buddha’s original tree, and watered by the presence of the community of fellow-sitters…  Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, June 24, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to […]

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About a Poem: The Monkey is Reaching

About a Poem: Henry Shukman on Hakuin Ekaku’s “The Monkey is Reaching”     The monkey is reachin For the moon in the water. Until death overtakes him He’ll never give up. If he’d let go the branch and Disappear in the deep pool The whole world would shine With dazzling pureness.       […]

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More on Zen and the Art

To promote oneself is, apparently, a necessary part of being an artist. But how are we to marry this with being a Buddhist, one who has taken the Bodhisattva Vow to help all beings before oneself?   I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for when I blithely dived into an essay […]

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