Open Way Sanghas

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.  


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!

Be Here Now

Be Here Now is a mindfulness community rooted in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Zen based Order of Interbeing. Formed in the fall of 2002 Be Here Now meets every Monday night, come rain, shine, snow or holiday :), from 7:30-8:45pm at the Open Way Mindfulness Center in Missoula, Montana (702 Brooks, next to Rose Memorial Park).

We're always free to attend and everyone is welcome! We are open to and have all ages at Be Here Now but we do mostly consist of folks in their 20's and 30's. No experience necessary, it's a great group for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Come on by any Monday and check us out, open to all!

Our Format: We are a relaxed format group that emphasizes a welcoming atmosphere and comfort (there are many different kinds of seating options to partake in).  We start with a 15-20 minute silent sitting meditation period followed by some walking meditation, where we practice to connect fully with our steps and enjoy our walking and breathing. We then have a reading followed by an open sharing circle and close with a circle for gratitude and healing. Lastly, before we depart for the night, we take a few minutes for community announcements.

Throughout the year we have council meetings, community potlucks, open mic nights, days of mindfulness and other gatherings and classes that help to strengthen our connection to one another on the path of friendship and practice. Being joyfully together as a sangha (spiritual community) cultivates our connection to ourselves, one another and our larger world community. It is one of the most important and influential actions we can do.

To listen to an interview on Be Here Now (April, 2013) done by Jessica Murri (a jounalism student at the UM) that aired on KBGA college radio go to:

Or check out the print version of the same interview at:


For more info please contact Nicole at or check us out on Facebook at



Be Here Now Schedule

Monday October 3rd
Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Drew
Monday October 10th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Linds
Monday October 17th
Teaching Talk by Nicole & Mike
Facilitator: Kelly
Monday October 24th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Jennifer
Monday October 24th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Bob

(We do have occasional schedule changes. For the most current info please check out our facebook page).


Coming Up!
Rowan's Class: On the Four Nobel Truths, Thursday October 13th, 7:30-9:00pm. Free.

Center Care Day: Saturday October 15th, 9:00am-1:00pm. Fall cleaning day! Volunteers are appreciated!

Open Mic Night!!: Our first one of the winter series kicks off on Saturday November 12th from 7:00-10:00pm. Prepare thyself for a great time!
Film Night: We're showing the brand new Buddhist based film "For the Coyotes" on Saturday November 19th at 7:00pm. Snacks to share are encouraged! Watch the trailer here.