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, weekly teaching events, and monthly retreats.

Due to Covid 19, our regularly scheduled sits,
classes and dharma talks are now offered online.

All weekly events are free, no membership or registration required.
Please join us.

Click here to see our schedule of online sits, classes and talks.

To participate in our online sits and events, click on this zoom link:


Trouble logging on to our online sits? click here for FAQ and guidance.

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 guiding teacher is Henry Shukman and Valerie Forstman has recently joined us as Mountain Cloud’s second teacher. Both Henry are Valerie are Associate Zen Masters of the Sanbo Zen lineage.  Continue Reading …


Virtual Zendo – FAQ

Welcome to our Virtual Zendo While we are closed during the corona-virus outbreak, we have created a virtual zendo using Zoom.  This page… answers frequently asked questions about zoom access and provides the zoom links for both sits, retreats and private interviews contains our schedule of sits, classes and talks get help with time zone conversion […]

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Message from Henry: Happiness

If the problem is how to be happy, then most of us assume that we need to pacify the irritations, soothe the fears, and satisfy the desires of the self in its interactions with the world. But then we might get wind of “wisdom,” as it manifests in ancient philosophy. That means to be skeptical […]

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Dharmatalk: The Loving Fount of All

“… dwelling in perfect wisdom, we too may begin to discover the eternally selflessly giving love that nourishes all of creation …” “… True giving must mean relinquishing control …” Description: The first line of the Heart Sutra invokes the bodhisattva Kanzeon, her name “Avalokiteshvara,” who represents infinite, boundless love and well-wishing for all beings. His/her name […]

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The Context of Practice, Henry Shukman (Video)

Henry reminds us that Zen training is our own work, effort, commitment and investment of time and energy. Yet the context of practice pulls us outside of ourselves, out of what we know and allows us to uncover our authentic self. Retreats are a critical part of creating this context. Henry also reminds us that […]

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Dharmatalk: Great Mother Prajna Paramita

“… Real knowing is not-knowing …” Description: This talk explores the meanings of the word “Prajna.” Commonly translated as wisdom, the word etymologically comes from pra-jna. “Jna” is a root word meaning “know” (related both to the English know and to gnosis). The prefix pra can be an intensifier, suggesting “supreme” knowing, but can also be […]

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The Unadjusted Step, Dharma Talk by Valerie Forstman

Valerie offers this post-election talk and acknowledges our deeply divided nation. She introduces the taoist concept of the unadjusted step – stay where you are and don’t move, as a way to face this moment. Despite our division, separation doesn’t hold well. Valerie also explores the famous koan about Master Baa who is near death […]

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