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.

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:  sit.mountaincloud.org  

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: Kensho

Kensho: opening up the bottom of the barrel will require getting disoriented. We have to let go of our ordinary bearings. There is really no other way. We are moving from a 3-D view of the world to a 4-D or 5-D one, or perhaps a zero-D view. We can’t do that without disorientation. The […]

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Message from Henry: Love and Wellbeing

Everything that you do – you only see if it’s been good and right when you view it from the perspective of love. We have to get to the vantage of love first, before we start evaluating and checking. *** Tolstoy. He’s like us: a lay practitioner convinced that even ordinary life, married or single, […]

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Fierce Compassion, Dharma Talk by Valerie Forstman

Valerie’s dharma talk probes Case 23 from the Blue Cliff Record, Hofuku and Chokei on an Outing. Hofuku says “This very moment is awakening. Exactly,” responds Chokei, “but it’s regrettable.” This talk was recorded on October 8, 2020 in our virtual zendo. Find this and many other talks and discussions on the Mountain Cloud You […]

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Dharmatalk: The Zone of Phenomena

“… The principle of zen is: body and mind fall away …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Having reached the fourth aspect of mindfulness, which is the seventh fold of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is itself the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, we find that dharma gates are indeed countless. Buddha gave this, […]

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Message from Henry: Maps

Early 16th century maps of the Americas confidently show a somewhat circular landmass with a lake in the middle, called Lago Manoa, on the shore of which stands the capital city of the continent, El Dorado. There are even street plans of the Golden City.  These maps reveal what the cartographers didn’t know – vast […]

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Poetry by CM Brown

Mountain Cloud Zen Center Sitting on the ground. The howl of the coyotes. No thing. No sitting.   Zazen At the Zen Center in Sante Fe sit in silence, eating our breakfast of oatmeal and fruit. The shapes of tables, the shapes of eyes and arms, the shapes of the chevrons carved into the backs of […]

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awareness butterfly opening wings

Dharmatalk: Dharmas within Dharmas

“… We observe the unfolding of our awareness like a butterfly … opening up its wings …” “… Let the breath show itself to your awareness …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. In our exploration of the Four Noble Truths, we have seen how the Buddha keeps re-slicing the pie, going into the nature of our […]

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Message from Henry: Thought Banners

Thoughts are little banners waving in the old city, trying to get your attention and draw you back. One day you’ll go, but not yet. The city doesn’t really need you now. Let yourself rest where you are, in a deeper rest, a deeper belonging. Don’t be pulled back to the old city just yet. […]

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