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:

  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 …

A Quiet Self

Sometimes people say their sitting is still and deep, and that there really isn’t much sense of self active in their experience. That’s great: it’s growing samadhi. We could call it the start of “extinguishing,” where the process of “emptying” is getting under way. At the same time, it’s not at all the same as […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

“We may start to entertain the possibility that, just as “realization” revealed what a dream the world of self and other has been, perhaps even realization itself is also a dream to be awakened from. “Throw away all things and emptiness,” said master Mumon. “ Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. […]

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Newsletter: November 13, 2014

As Dogen said: “I went to China. Body and mind fell away. I found the Dharma. I went with empty hands, and I returned with empty hands.” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 13, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see […]

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Going Back To The Source: In order to see the ground {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 3rd short video clip (4:32) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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What Cannot Be Conveyed: Interview by Joanna Harcourt-Smith (FuturePrimitive)

Henry participates in an engaging conversation with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, of FuturePrimitive about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany,” a long search, a relationship system, clarifying who we really are, a path of not-knowing, trying to convey what cannot be conveyed, “things just happen,” archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension, and two poems. Please click here to listen. The FuturePrimitive […]

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Escape

“..we all seem to yearn for something indescribably precious which has been lost to our experience.” Zen is also about closing off our escape routes, so that in the end there is nowhere to go. We have no choice but to be right here, where we are. We seem to long for transcendence, to escape […]

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Our New YouTube Channel {VIDEO Clip}

Mountain Cloud Zen Center now has a YouTube Channel. Our 1st video is a short clip (2:12) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” UPDATE Nov 6, 2014: The full video (1:03:15) can be […]

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