Open Way Sanghas

Our sanghas are rooted in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, Open Sky in Kalispell, and the TNH Group in Bozeman.


Mindfulness Center

The Open Way Mindfulness Center in Missoula, MT is home to Open Way & Be Here Now Sanghas and also hosts many other community classes and events, see our calendar for more info.

               Open Way Mindfulness Center - 702 Brooks Missoula, Montana - 406-549-9005 


                         Interested in renting the Open Way Mindfulness Center? Please email us!

Flowing Mountains Sangha

 Flowing Mountains Sangha in Helena, MT

 An Open Way Community of Mindful Living in the Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


Meets Tuesdays, St. John’s Building, 25 South Ewing

(use entrance from parking lot in back of building off S. Rodney St.)

walking & sitting meditation, 6:30 & 7:00 p.m.

program, 7:30 p.m. ~ closing 8:30 p.m.


Monthly Programs:

1st Tues: Mindfulness Trainings (guidelines for ethical living)

2nd Tues: Meditation (instruction, practice)

3rd Tues: Sharing the Way (teachings, talks)

4th Tues: Nurturing Wisdom & Compassion (discussion, guided practice)


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So far, we have read through the introduction and the first few pages of Chapter 1. In the introduction, Phap Hai talks about how Thay teaches balancing one’s spiritual life with study, practice, work, and play. Many of us are familiar with the first three of these, but maybe we neglect the fourth. Phap Hai says “I think we can be very serious practitioners and be very, very light and joyful. I actually think it’s essential to play if we’re going to go far on the path.” In Chapter 1, we discussed Phap Hai’s question for us. He says reflecting on these questions helps us identify our motivation and provide a direction for our practice:

1.       Why am I a meditation practitioner?

2.       What brought me to the practice?

3.       What is it that I’m seeking?

4.       Why am I still practicing?

5.       What does my practice look like in this moment?


So… this week (August 22) we will pick up Chapter 1 again and delve into the four nutriments. On August 29, Michelle will offer a way-seeking talk. She also will organize the programs for September and has sent these topics for the month:


September Programming Schedule: 

We gather every Tuesday from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the chapel at the St. John's Building - 25 South Ewing Street, Helena MT 59601 for one hour of walking and sitting meditation followed by one hour of dharma programming. Chairs available or bring your cushion.

September 5     Mindfulness trainings and check-in with Stan Voreyer.

September 12   Dharma Study from Nothing to It with Michelle Potts.

September 19   Dharma Study from Nothing to It with Michelle Potts.

September 12   Extended Meditation - four rounds of walking meditation and four rounds of sitting mediation, with Jonathan Matthews.

For the Dharma Study from Nothing to It, we will read from the book during the evening and then discuss. We are grateful to volunteer programming leaders!

Other dates you may want to be aware of are 1) monthly no-host Sangha breakfast at the No Sweat Café, 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 7 and 2) Peace Festival at the Garden of 1000 Buddhas in Arlee ( Sunday, September 17 10 a.m.-7 p.m.





Flowing Mountains is actively served by four Order of Interbeing members as well as committed practitioners. Our OI members are as follows:

Sandra SuZanne ("Zan") Murray, a writer and editor, and co-founder of Flowing Mountains. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and handcrafts.

Jonathan Matthews, a professor at Carroll College and a co-founder of Flowing Mountains. He is also a national champion racewalker.

Stan Voreyer, a retired mental health care provider. He has taken Thay's advice of living a non-busy life to be his foremost practice.

Ann Kuntzweiler is exploring right livelihood through life coach certification.