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!

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)


for more information email



In March, Gwen will lead programming on Right Speech, our next step on the Eightfold Path. Several of us have heard it said that right speech, noble speech, is one of the most difficult of the mindfulness trainings to follow. Certainly, our speech follows our thoughts, and speech is a common form of action between us – for good and for ill. This practice can make or break relationships, as we can clearly see all around us. Please join us in exploring the way to practice speech (and its silent partner, listening) during March:


"Being’ Dialogue"

A month of practice with "Right Speech" 


Right speech transcends the vocal sounds that come from our throat and the words that we say to the manner and context from which we speak, from our very being, perhaps.  

In turbulent times, how do we practice with and realize 'right speech'?  How do we "be" within ourselves, within our relationships and within the world as we sound our voice? 


March 7  - Being with What is: Eyes and Ears of Compassion.  The mindfulness trainings remind us that compassionate listening is intertwined with compassionate speech – and point to a complete abiding in the present moment. Join us as we read these together and reflect on our own and our community’s present moment. ~Gwen Sensenig


March 14 - Entering the Stream of Dialogue  Dialogue as a loving/incisive practice - as an end to itself - and perhaps also as a vehicle for radical change – but perhaps only if we don’t intend for it to be a vehicle for radical change! ~Gwen Sensenig


March 21 - Shadow and Light: Reflection as Essential Process to Deeper Dialogue.  Could embracing our ‘shadow’ be a core value to more effectively realize "being with" others? Join us as we think about how self reflection can open up the possibility of “more complete” speech and deeper listening on the path to relieving the suffering of all beings. . ~Michelle Potts. 


March 28 - Way Seeking Talk - A member of our community shares their story on the path. ~Sue Kronenberger



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.