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)


for more information email


Dear Friends,

                Recently the program committee met to begin planning for the program year of July 2017 through June 2018. Thanks for your feedback and program ideas shared at the annual meeting. Your insights and suggestions helped to easily formulate a direction for the year. Here is an overview of what to expect.

•     During this program year we will use the book, Nothing to It by Brother Phap Hai, a senior student of Thich Nhat Hanh. Originally from Australia, Brother Phap Hai is known for his ability to convey complex teachings in an accessible and humorous manner. In the introduction Phap Hai explains, “The framework of this book is based on a very simple and beautiful text from the Pali canon that I love deeply… it consists of ten questions that the Buddha asked a young novice called Sopaka, which basically cover all the core Buddhist teachings to become an arahant, a person who is far advanced on the path of Awakening.” While we may not be arahants at the end of the year, Phap Hai’s expression of the Dharma will guide us in seeing that “every moment, however mundane, has the potential to be a moment of enlightenment.” The idea for this book came through Stan Voreyer and as a committee we are happy to share this guide which contains questions for reflection and suggested practices with each chapter.

·         Quarterly extended meditations on the last Tuesday of September, December, March and June.

·         At the discretion of the facilitator, a metta meditation (during the second sitting time) may be done at a maximum once a month – or not at all.

·         Six check-ins, one every other month. The check-in will be tied to a theme or topic and also allow each person to briefly share what is in the forefront of his/her life. (On July 11 Gwen will share her experience of the prison sangha check-ins and how that practice may be a guide for us.)

·         Six Way-Seeking talks every other month, alternating with the check-in months. The first talk is by Michelle Potts on August 29.


As August extends the opportunity for continued summer rituals and hints at the coming of fall, join us as you are able for nourishment, study, and the practice of community. 


In July Stan introduced us to Nothing To It: 10 Ways to be at Home with Yourself a book written by Brother Phap Hai structured around concepts to support monastery practice through the intensive winter practice session at Plum Village. The book grew into a guide for enriching spiritual conversations and practice for lay people. We will use this as a guide for our practice in 2017 and 2018. Last month we spoke about a balanced spiritual life including aspects of study, practice, work, and play. 


In August, we'll continue with the introduction and through the first chapter (of 10) on "The One Thing that Nourishes Us All":


August Schedule

August 1:   Monthly Reading of the Mindfulness Trainings

August 8:   Staying Open and Receptive. The Story of Sopaka as introduction to components of the spiritual path. Dharma Study and discussion using "Nothing to It"

August 15:  Practicing 100%. Opening to the Four Nutriments. Dharma Study and discussion using "Nothing to It". 

August 22:  The Four Noble Truths and the Four Nutriments. Understanding meditation as a daily practice. Dharma Study and discussion using "Nothing to It".

August 29:  Way Seeking talk from Michelle Potts



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.