Wisdom Wednesdays – Hybrid Events
These Wednesday evenings, which will begin with a sit at 5:30pm MT in our zendo and on zoom, are open to all. They will include a short dharma talk, a chance to ask questions and to engage in sharing about practice. All of these Wednesday classes are designed to support your practice and, for those in the Santa Fe area, to engage with the local sangha community.
The first and third Wednesdays in January will focus on beginners. January 5th will be an Introduction to Meditation class.
Please review our COVID-19 Protocols, especially for those of you who attend in person.
These classes – online and onsite – are free, open to all and require no registration.
Zoom link and passcode tor online participants: sit.mountaincloud.org Passcode: mountain22
Schedule for January 2023 – 5:30pm MT
- January 4: Intro to Meditation Class
- January 11: facilitator Will Brennan
- January 18: Introductory Support with Valerie Forstman
- January 25: facilitator Bill Bruce
Donations are gratefully accepted – these events are dependent on your support. Give generously according to your means. Thank you. DONATE HERE.
Meet our Teachers
Our Introduction to Meditation class is overseen by Sanbo Zen Teacher Valerie Forstman and includes the following roster of trained teachers from our sangha….
Scott Thornton is an Assistant Teacher in the Sanbo Zen lineage. He has been a student of Ruben Habito Roshi for 22 years at The Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX, and has recently moved to Santa Fe to practice at Mountain Cloud and to direct its Residents Program. Scott has been a Clinical Psychologist for 34 years. His first career was in Theater, and he is still an active singer/songwriter and performer.
Mary Ann Bennett
Mary Ann writes, “I landed in my first Zendo about 20 years ago and felt I had come home. After studying yoga for 10 years and becoming a new yoga teacher, this was the next right thing for my spiritual journey. I fell in love with Zen. The grounded, ordinary, ‘Chop wood, carry water’ quality of this practice drew me in.”
Mary Ann became a member of Mountain Cloud and a student of Henry Shukman’s in 2014. She writes, “I treasure the sangha at Mountain Cloud. Even though I haven’t sat with them in person since Covid, the online support, inspiration, and learning feels like a family. It is an honor and a joy to lead some of these Intro to Zen classes. I look forward to meeting you!”
Bill is a senior student who has been an active member of Mountain Cloud for many years. He writes, “I have been blessed with guidance from Henry Shukman Roshi since 2011, and more recently, with Valerie Forstman Roshi.” Bill is a self-described family man with a background in home construction and carpentry. He is a welcoming presence at MCZC, now joining the cohort of teachers to welcome students to the weekly Intro Class.
Lisa is an avid meditator who started sitting at the age of 16 when her father asked her to try out meditation for stress relief. After years of trying to maintain her practice, she discovered Mountain Cloud, became a student of Henry Shukman (and then Valerie Forstman as well) and felt she had found her home.
Lisa has a passion for teaching. She works as a voice and theater teacher. Lisa writes, “I feel blessed to be able to teach the Introduction to Meditation Class with all the wonderful teachers at Mountain Cloud and share the life-changing gift of meditation and mindfulness with the students.”
Will is an Assistant Zen Teacher, is longtime practitioner, and founding member of Mountain Cloud. Will introduced Henry Shukman to the Mountain Cloud sangha and recommended that Henry become the teacher at MCZC. Will’s background includes teaching school and running plumbing business for many year in Santa Fe. When Will leads the Wednesday sit he offers a short talk on topics ranging from his personal experience, his immersion in Zen koans, notable books and the wonder of life.
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