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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Blue Cliff Record 69, Nansen Draws a Circle

Episode Description: This talk delineates the classic koan, Nansen Draws a Circle, Blue Cliff Record Case 69. Roshi Henry describes the brilliant craziness of this koan and draws on wisdom from Dogen’s Genjokoan. The talk explores both the substance and function of the “nameless fact” and concludes by describing Zen’s healing power. Image Credit:This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image […]

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Invention and Discovery

It’s (the Dharma) a condition not a discovery..If we then turn it into a thing, we have invented something: and at the same time we have invented a self that made the invention. In religions, the boundless, formless, ever-loving freedom that we humans can discover in the midst of our troubled lives, is turned into […]

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Beautiful Storm: Part 3 of 3

It seems too much to hope that right in the heart of our troubled selves there might actually be the healing we seek. Beautiful Storm: Finding the hidden remedies in our troubles selves Click to read Beautiful Storm Part 1 of 3. Click to read Beautiful Storm Part 2 of 3. In the course of […]

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Blue Cliff Record 68, Kyozan and Your Name

Episode Description: Continuing with the Blue Cliff Record, Henry presents Case 68, Kyozan and Your Name. The talk explores the point of Zen and shows how each of us is born perfect and complete. Henry relates the experience of kensho or sudden realization and explores the idea of no separation, asking the question: Is there […]

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Newsletter: March 4, 2015

 All this existence is in fact nothing but practice. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 4, 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 this site (see Subscribe/Connect). Hello friends, March […]

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Beautiful Storm: Part 2 of 3

Beautiful Storm: Finding the hidden remedies in our troubled selves Click to read Beautiful Storm Part 1 of 3. San Emeterio’s story began in Cuba, the island where he was born and raised, and which he resolved to leave as a young man in 1972. He did so by swimming seven miles through the Caribbean […]

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Beautiful Storm: Part 1 of 3

The Kuna believe that a violent storm is a being that has lost its way, blundering about blindly, desperate to get its bearings once more. Beautiful Storm: Finding the hidden remedies in our troubled selves One night some 16 years ago, while on a writing assignment in Central America, I got caught by a violent […]

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Blue Cliff Record 67, Fu Daishi Expounds the Sutra

Episode Description: This compelling talk, given in our zendo under the light of the full moon, explores Case 67 of the Blue Cliff Record. In a hushed atmosphere, Roshi Henry talks about Fu Daishi’s surprising sutra presentation. We see that words and other symbols only point to reality, but are not the reality themselves. The […]

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Newsletter: February 25, 2015

…the Dharma, the great “fact,” functions flawlessly… It is a “perfect mirror,” as Joshu says. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, February 25, 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 this […]

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