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:


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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 …


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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Video – Dosho Port: Record of Empty Hall

Dosho Port speaks about his new book The Record of Empty Hall: One Hundred Classic Koans. Dosho Port teaches with the Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for Zen Training and at the Nebraska Zen Center in Omaha, and he has been practicing Zen since 1977. The Record of Empty Hall is his new translation and commentary on […]

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Video – Empty Hands, Valerie Forstman

We are always looking for the lack, like Eka (Huike) searching for his mind – this lack is so convincing and so untrue. It blinds us to who we really are and blinds us to see the astonishing beauty of one and other. In this Dharma Talk, from February 4, Valerie helps us open our […]

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Message from Henry: The Seeker

Forget seeking, forget not-seeking, forget all sense of gain. Don’t underestimate or undervalue the seeker within you. The seeker is right. There is something worth seeking, something worth finding. Remember Dogen’s words: “I went to China, body and mind fell away, and I found the Dharma.” The Dharma is what the seeker is looking for. […]

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Dharmatalk: The Intrinsic Healthy Self

“… into the joy of present moment awareness  …” “… The healthy self lives in the world of form, not desire …” Description: In these talks, which were given on the second day of the 2020 yoga and meditation retreat at Esalen, we examine more closely how we might uncover Unmon’s bright light. It is not through […]

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Video – Reflections on Dogen’s Fukanzazengi, Will Brennan

Senior student and one of Mountain Cloud’s founding members, Will Brennan, offers his reflections on Dogen’s Fukanzazengi. All dharma talks and Q&A sessions from the Encounter of the Heart Retreat are available on our YouTube Channel. Image: Collage of Dogen and Stillness Speaks image of Kaz Tanahashi’s Enso – Dogen image from Wikimedia, Public Domain, PD-1923.

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Video – The Invitation: Encounter of the Heart Retreat, Talk 3, Valerie Forstman

“Who would waste the spark from a flint stone?” ~ Dogen Anything could be that spark. Ryoun Roshi says “koans are a message from the oneness world.” They offer an invitation into our deepest curiosity. Valerie explores Case 22 of the Gateless Gate: Kashyapa’s Flagpole, and Ananda’s awakening. All dharma talks and Q&A sessions from […]

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Message from Henry: The Heart of Zen

That discovery, of a hidden identity shared by all beings, brought effortless joy. It arose spontaneously from his heart. When Shakyamuni Buddha experienced his great awakening at the age of 35, it did not come through grueling ascetic practices. Rather, after several years of mortifying his flesh under the guidance of various spiritual masters, to […]

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