Our sanghas are rooted in the Zen based mindfulness tradition inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, and Open Sky in Kalispell.
About Open Way
Open Way Sangha formed in 1989 to practice mindfulness and meditation in the tradition of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Tiep Hien Order; translated in the West as The Order of Interbeing. In addition to weekly meditation practice we have two residential retreats every year, one in the spring (usually around early May) and one in the fall (usually around the end of September). The sangha schedule also often includes discussion groups, classes, and mindfulness day events.
Open Way meets every Tuesday night from 7:00-9:00pm. Free to attend and open to everyone. The format includes two periods of sitting meditation with walking meditation in between, followed by either a tea ceremony, dharma discussion, dharma talk, sutra service, or reading the mindfulness trainings. See our calendar section for more information as to our weekly schedule.
Open Way has an active Prison Outreach Program where some of the members help sponsor meditation groups in area prisons and assist transition to the community. Find out more on the Open Gate Community website.