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 …

Friends

Sometimes I wonder if the greatest value of our Dharma practice is what it does to our ability to relate to one another. Could it be that all our practice is, in the end, a pretext for the truly great event: being together without our ordinary social minds? The reason we sit in silence without […]

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Going Back to the Source: A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman

On June 4, 2014, Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman sat down for an engaging conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing […]

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014

  UPDATED DETAILS November 6, 2014: Our Rohatsu Sesshin begins on Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 pm and goes until lunch on Sunday December 7. Rohatsu is one of our most important annual events.  Each day there will be a teisho (dharma talk) and dokusan (private interviews) available with Zen teacher Henry Ryu’un Shukman. The cost is on a sliding scale […]

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Me

It turns out this “me” is a seed — as Jesus said, it’s the “corn of wheat” that must fall to the ground and die. Zen always says: Die! Be killed! Why? Because this little agent of separation called “me” – this identity that creates itself and in doing so creates its own separation – […]

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Angst

“… If we could just flip the angle of light, the trick of perspective, we would see exactly what we do not see, rather than what we do see…” What about the angst we modern humans are heir to, the “vague nameless dread” that comes with our moral and spiritual uncertainty, as Yamada Koun Roshi […]

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Podcast: Seppo’s Poisonous Snake

Episode Description: In this talk exploring Case 22 of the Blue Cliff Record, we examine the teachings of the great Tang-dynasty master Seppo, who had a long hard struggle in his own practice, after which he became a teacher of many great Zen masters, and whose legacy is still alive today. This talk was given […]

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The Ancestors’ Love

What do we have to do to receive the love and help of the ancestors, ever more deeply and thoroughly, until finally we know that we do nothing, and they do everything? We act through and for them. They act through us. We are their hands in this world. And as we allow them to […]

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Addiction to Suffering

Suffering is a system to which we attach ourselves.  In a way, that’s OK.  If that’s what we choose to do, then so be it.  Except in another way it’s not OK, because we suffer.  We find it painful.  Yet, on the whole, we are quite reluctant to disengage from it.  We imagine the price […]

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