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.

As a response to the corona-virus outbreak, all in-person events at Mountain Cloud are cancelled.  We will reevaluate the situation as things change and we will keep you informed.  

Our regularly scheduled sits, classes and teishos are now offered online. Click here to see our online schedule. To enter our virtual zendo for sits and events, click on this link:  sit.mountaincloud.org.

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. We offer an online Introduction to Meditation Class every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm MT which provides instruction and support for new meditators.  Continue Reading …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …



The purpose of this training is in fact to lead us to a sudden clear recognition of reality. Zazen is many things: here is another… It allows us space in which to explore other ways of experiencing difficult feelings than our normal strategies. Typically most of us first try one of two things to deal […]

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Case 6 Book of Equanimity. Master Baso’s Black and White

Episode Description: Henry examines this fascinating koan in which a monk asks Master Baso, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the West?” or, more specifically, what did Bodhidharma really hope we would discover when he brought the Zen meditation school from India to China?  The talk briefly examines the “4 Propositions” and “100 Negations” […]

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Newsletter: July 21, 2015

This never tires. This never hurts. This could never lack, or own, or want, or desire, or feel. Yet this, though it has nothing, is always fulfilled, as Dogen said. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, July 21, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) […]

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The Dharma

Once there is even a small hole, the Dharma can start to seep through. At first it’s not evident to us. We can conceive of it intellectually—it’s the Buddha’s teaching, it’s the law of cause and effect, it’s all phenomena—but not truly experience it as a living fact. For that to happen, apparently we have […]

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Case 4 Book of Equanimity. The World-honored One Points to the Ground

Episode Description: Henry presents this simple koan about the Buddha, Indra and the building of a temple. This talk explores how something as simple as a piece of straw can illuminate infinite abundance, ultimate reality. Henry quotes from Sri Nisargadatta, from the 17th Century English cleric Thomas Traherne, and from Master Bansho to expose what Bansho […]

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