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: Journey

All things and I have one and the same root. ~ Jo Hosshi The Way invites us to turn our “situation” into a PATH. Instead of things being a certain way, they are merely a step on a path. We are on a journey. All things are on a journey. As we are is not […]

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Video – Natalie Goldberg: Three Simple Lines

Natalie speaks about her new book Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku. Listen to this engaging and enthusiastic talk by Natalie about her deep dive into Haiku. The final section includes a short exchange with Sanbo Zen teachers Ruben Habito and Maria Reis Habito who were part of the […]

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Message from Henry: Fulfillment

…allowing ourselves to be fully what we are. We chase our fulfillment elsewhere. This is our fundamental human problem. We think that we will find true fulfillment in other experiences than this one, right here and now. It will come from achieving something, or having something, or being with someone. While all kinds of experiences, […]

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Dharmatalk: A Heart Retreat

“… sutra is conveying the great love and fundamental energy that pervades throughout the universe …” “… Hating our suffering and fighting against it will inevitably make it worse …” Description: This third talk given during the Winter Sesshin of 2019 considers how all of the senses and sense objects that are named in the Heart Sutra […]

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Dharmatalk: A Goad for Training

“… This being here like this is a marvellous arising of a mirage …” Description: This talk, the second one given during the 2019 Rohatsu Sesshin, further discusses the group of lines from the Heart Sutra that starts, “No eye, ear, nose,” etc. The sutra breaks down our entire perception of reality by the sense organs, […]

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