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 …

Mountains and Oceans

Mountains and Oceans

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water. Dogen Zenji Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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Light and Dark: Koans and Dreams, Part 2 of 4

Zen teaching is quite clear… the training is not about “transcending” the self but seeing clearly what the self is, seeing through it, and thus being free of it. Click to read Light and Dark: Koans and Dreams Part 1 The Buddha’s Awakening According to the Pali Canon, when Shakyamuni Buddha experienced his great awakening […]

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Case 3 Book of Equanimity. The Indian King Invites the Ancestor

Episode Description: In this talk, Henry explicates Case 3 in the Book of Equanimity koans, and explores the Buddhist “Middle Way.” This koan shows how Prajnatara’s teaching on sutras, “suchness” and breath exemplifies the Middle Way. (Prajnatara, Bodhidharma’s teacher, may well have been a female master, in spite of what the Zen tradition has said.) Henry […]

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Newsletter: July 6, 2015

..this whole solid world arises but in the act of doing so it is completely substanceless… real nothing, without even a trace of a witness to it: all gone. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, July 6, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR […]

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