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: Understanding

…when “understanding” no longer has its claws in us, and we are free… It can be tempting to go through life at the leading edge of our understanding, always thinking that we have seen and understood all there is to understand. The Zen way is best followed with a different attitude – that most likely […]

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Dharma Talks from Valentine’s Weekend Introduction to Meditation Retreat, 2021

Zen is awakening to the dynamic reality of the present moment…..Zen is finding love in all things at all times. ~ Ruben Habito Valerie’s first talk from our Valentine’s weekend Intro retreat explores Zen practice from the mind of compassion and curiosity. Valerie looks at the Buddhist origin story – Shakyamuni’s awakening – and she […]

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Message from Henry: The Non-Domesticated Dharma

We allow the vast unknown, the beyond-wild energy of the Dharma to take us over. Attempts to domesticate the Dharma seem misguided and sad. The true Dharma is wild, powerful and unknowable. It can’t be domesticated. Nor can it be commercialized. Any efforts to turn it into a lifestyle product end up selling something different. […]

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Virtual Retreat: Full Moon, Clear Mirror, February 25-28

Join us for a virtual online meditation retreat Full Moon, Clear Mirror led by Valerie Forstman  February 25-28: Thursday morning – Sunday Afternoon Suggested payment is $125-$300. Give generously as you are able, or pay any amount that you can reasonably afford This four-day virtual retreat includes talks, Q&A, sitting together, easy relaxing body practice, meditation guidance, and […]

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Dharmatalk: The Intersection of Yoga and Zen

“… who we are in the present moment–this very moment …” “… Housebuilder, I have seen you! You will never build your house here again  …”   Description: In this dialogue, which took place at the Esalen Institute in January 2020, yoga teacher Tias Little and zen teacher Henry Shukman talk about the similarities and differences […]

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Video – Maria Reis Habito, Nansen Kills the Cat

Guest speaker Maria Reis Habito’s teisho explores Case 14 from the Gateless Gate, Nansen Kills the Cat. She looks at this koan from a compassionate perspective about how to become “unstuck.” Maria is Sanbo Zen teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX and international program director for the Museum of World Religions in […]

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Message from Henry: The Deep Middle

There’s more gratitude in the middle, and with that comes more humility, more of a sense of the bounty around us, and naturally enough, more desire to act out of kindness. I used to think equanimity sounded boring. Being centered sounded dull. Like many artists I swung regularly from exaltation to despondency and back again. […]

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Dharmatalk: Seeing through the Self

“… Nothing changes, but everything changes, through the path of meditation  …” Description: In these talks, given during the 2020 Esalen meditation and yoga retreat, we consider certain questions about the nature of reality, taken from the Buddhist canon. Several anecdotes pose a simple question, which is something that every human being must reflect on at […]

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Sangha Meeting Minutes: January 30 2021

Board of Director’s Update Presented by Sondra Byrnes, Board President We would like to thank Michael Waldron and Chris Hebard for their service on our board. While their terms have come to an end, they will continue to be involved in various capacities at Mountain Cloud. Thank you! Due to these changes, we move to […]

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