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.

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 Precious Path, by Henry Shukman (Video)

Henry describes the heartbreak and profound love that goes along with completely letting go. He further talks about finding a spiritual path and begins with a short reading from Dostoevsky’s The Brother’s Karamazov which includes: Every one of us has sinned against all people…. everyone is really responsible to all people, for all people and […]

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Dharmatalks: Cultivating Meditative Awareness

“… In our right effort we are developing the capacity to work on the unwholesome …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Right effort in practice, the sixth fold in the Noble Eightfold Path, consists in working to diminish unwholesome states of mind or being. Likewise, the practitioner should work to cultivate states of mind that […]

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Message from Henry: Step into the Unkown

There are maps of practice. The six paramitas, the eightfold path, the seven factors of awakening, Zen’s ox-herding pictures. But from the point of view of our own practice, the real map of our own journey is only ever seen in retrospect. The map appears behind us, after we have taken a step.  The forward […]

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Message from Henry: Peace

Practice is not just about clearing the mind, or tasting stillness, or coming into stillness. The point isn’t a negative: to be without thoughts or without movement. The point is to know the peace, fulfillment, the gentle joy, the intrinsic wellbeing, that is here already, before we have done anything. The stillness, the quiet – […]

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Dealing with Desire, Talk 2 of 4

How will we know when we have mastered desire? Tranquility marked by a sense that we are lucky to be living whatever life we happen to be living. ~ Dr Bill Irvine Second Talk from the Original Love One Retreat. Henry continues to explore the many facets of original love through zen practice and present […]

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Dharmatalk: Right Livelihood

“… It’s almost as if there’s no point practising unless we attend to how we’re living …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Buddha taught that when following the way of Right Livelihood, we should not engage in occupations that may promote harm. It isn’t always easy in today’s world to advance in a profession that […]

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Love in Present Moment Experience, Talk 1 of 4

Henry opens this first talk in the August Original Love 1 Retreat by looking at the word Love, one of the most loaded, variously understood and widely used word in the English language. Henry explores a facet of Love that and manifests as a deep inner journey into who we really are. Henry describes this journey […]

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Intro to Meditation Weekend: October 10-11

Join us for this introductory weekend retreat, led by Valerie Forstman.  This short virtual retreat is designed to offer guidance and support for those new to Zen retreats. It will be geared to helping less experienced meditators acclimate to extended periods of sitting and begin to go deeper with their practice. Saturday and Sunday October […]

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