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 …

The Art of Being Wrong: Part 3 of 4

…as Nansen told Joshu, we are more likely to stumble upon the Way when we cease our vaunting efforts to “attain” it. Rather, when we succumb with grace to the fact that we are, basically, hopeless cases, we have an extraordinary opportunity to discover in what sense we are not hopeless. This post is Part […]

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Mindful Parenting Class: Thursday Mornings, February 26-April 2

Stress Reduction for Parents! Kate Reynolds, LPCC will be facilitating a Mindful Parenting Class at Mountain Cloud on Thursday mornings, 8:45-10:15, February 26-April 2. Cost is $155 for the six week series which includes workbook, 4 cd set and over 20 meditations, articles, poems and resource lists. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 2 of 4

This is where a koan’s capacity for liberation lies—not in the discovery of some new knowledge but in its power to help us give up our familiar template of knowing. This post is a continuation of The Art of Being Wrong Part 1. Peripeteia as defined by Aristotle is a literary device. But it seems […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 1 of 4

Nearly always, in great literature, there is some kind of turning point in a narrative arc which is also a turning back—something like Dogen’s “backward step that shines the light inward”—wherein a character is granted an opportunity to understand himself in a different or better way, and it’s that that makes all the difference. There’s […]

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Day 2 of 4

In day two, Henry continues the exploration of “Continuous Practice,” and brings in a discussion of the process of sesshin, as well as the book “The Authentic Gate of Zen” by Yamada Koun Roshi, and stages/no stages in practice, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: Stones, […]

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A Matter of Misdirection: Part 3 of 3

For while original enlightenment is without limits, its expression is always particular. We don’t live life in general; we live life in particular ways, and it is in its particulars that life is invested with wisdom and meaning. This is the final installment of A Matter of Misdirection. Click to Read Part 1 and Part 2.   […]

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A Matter of Misdirection: Part 2 of 3

It seems paradoxical, and it is: by becoming absorbed in the foreground, we allow the background gently (and sometimes suddenly) to come to life. This post is a continuation of A Matter of Misdirection: Part 1 In his first teaching, the Buddha explicitly taught that we exist in a state of suffering and that we […]

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