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 …

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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Spring Sesshin: March 27-29

Spring is rapidly appraching and so is our first sesshin of 2015. Our early spring sesshin, March 27-29, will be a regular but short retreat, and will include introductory guidance for people who are new to sesshin. People with all levels of sitting experience are welcome. Registration and cabin assignments begin at 1pm on Friday […]

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Wrongness and the Blues

Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so, said Shakespeare. When we’re depressed, or despairing, depondent, down or we’ve got the blues, the blah’s, feeling browned off… we often tend condemn circumstances as being wrong, not the way they ought to be. And we tend to condemn ourselves as likewise being wrong, not […]

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Self Improvement

We believe ourselves to be solid and separate “lumps of ice.” Don’t expect to be perfect. As we know, Zen is not about self-improvement. Zen may indeed help to alleviate some of the things we dislike about ourselves, but that is not its real purpose. Rather, give it time and diligence, constancy and faith, and […]

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Blue Cliff Record 66, Ganto and the Sword

Episode Description: This talk explores Case 66 from the Blue Cliff Record, Ganto and the Sword. Roshi Henry Shukman guides us to open our hearts to the alternate dharma reality in which we naturally exist, a consciousness radically different from the “getting and spending” (as Wordsworth called it) of our consumerist lives. This talk also describes the Zen practice […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 5 of 5

Koans, too, return us to our daily lives. This is surely why Salinger used one as the epigraph to one of his greatest books: It was in harmony with the thrust of his tender, farreaching morality. Click to read: Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, and Part 4 of How to Be in the World. […]

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