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 …

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One Blade of Grass, One Single Experience – with James Beshara and Henry Shukman

Listen to the discussion between Henry and host James Bashara and read this brief introduction from the Below The Line podcast webpage. Today’s episode is with British poet, author, and Zen master Henry Shukman. Henry is able to touch on so many different topics with a brilliant articulation that one would expect from a poet. We […]

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Dharmatalk: A Lineage of Humility

“… To be you, fully alive, that’s your greatest offering to the universe …” Description: A zen practitioner may spend decades studying under a teacher before they themselves can be authorized to teach. When our orientation toward needing outer things to be the way we want them shifts, through having released our grip on our separate […]

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The Great Teacher

Who or what is the great teacher? Is it love? Or our friends, partners, family, our spiritual guides, Jesus, Buddha? Our children if we have them? Loss? Beauty, art? This very moment? I guess there could be many fine answers. But before offering one (as of today) I want to reflect on what a great […]

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Dharmatalk: Right Concentration

“… start to experience the intrinsically fulfilling wellbeing of the lotus flower … permeated from its roots throughout the tips of its petals with the same cool water in which it thrives in perfect stillness …” “… Whatever needs to drop away drops away by itself …” Description: Final talk in the series on basic Buddhism. […]

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Meeting Mu, Dharma Talk by Henry Shukman

Developing mindfulness is like creating a warm loving home inside yourself. In Henry’s final talk prior to the election he acknowledges that the eyes of people all over the globe are watching our country. It’s important to remember that the purposes of the Mahayana (our Zen Practice) is the reduction of suffering. Whatever outcome this […]

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Dharmatalk: Bringing the Mind Home

“… mindfulness … is a practice of becoming okay with what we have …” “… We have to let be, to let go …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The practice of mindfulness is not about adding something into our already busy lives that’s going to pick us up and make us feel better — […]

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Message from Henry: Bach to Koans

…a cascade of releases, a domino effect…all might drop away. Body, mind, world, all give themselves up. And we see them for what they are. Listening to unaccompanied Bach — in particular, some performances by Itzhak Perlman given in London in the 1970s. How prodigiously difficult the pieces are, yet generations of violinists, for the […]

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