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


Because of some facility problems at the St. John’s Building where Flowing Mountains Sangha normally meets, for the remainder of October we will meet at a different location. Folding chairs will be available.


Our new location for the month is at the Rivers and Mountain building, 825 Helena Avenue. Parking is available behind the building and on the street. Please enter through the front door, come past the front desk and directly in front of you is the conference room where we will be sitting. The door will be open. It is a much smaller space, so please understand we may be sitting closer than usual!


We will continue our regular program of walking and sitting meditation at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. This Tuesday and on October 31 we will continue with the book by Phap Hai, nothing to it. We are nearing the end of Chapter One on the Four Nutriments. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Nancy Cobble will present a way-seeking talk.


Another notice will be sent regarding November programs and location. But for your calendars now, the regular first-Thursday no-host breakfast with Sangha friends is November 2 at 7 a.m. at the No Sweat.


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)


for more information email



Most of our programming will continue with reading from and discussing Phap Hai’s book, nothing to it. In our last reading in September, we took up Phap Hai’s suggestion to list all the supporting conditions we have. Rather than focus on what is missing or what we are waiting for, let us focus on what supports us in our lives and in our practice. He says, “…They might be external, such as a job you enjoy, a good relationship, good health, time for spiritual practice…or they might be internal, such as the capacity to forgive, a sharp mind, motivation. List them down and celebrate them…Save your list of supportive conditions in a safe place and return to  it often, especially in difficult moments. You may find you add to the list over time.” What supports you in your life? This entire chapter (1) is about how we nourish ourselves and each other.


October 10 and 17 – continue reading from Phap Hai’s book nothing to it. We are ready for the section starting on page 52 regarding the Four Nutriments. Zan will be leading the discussion.

October 24 – Nancy will offer a Way Seeking Talk, sharing a little about her own personal spiritual journey.

October 31 – continue with nothing to it. (Zan)





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.