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



This month Sue Kronenberger will lead us in looking at Right (Skillful) Action. The theme is taken from the Five Remembrances:

                I inherit the results of my actions in body, speech and mind. My actions are the ground on which I stand.

Week 1 – April 4

The Mindfulness Trainings – a plethora of specifics for skillful actions. How having the heart of a bodhisattva influences our actions.

Week 2 – April 11

                Looking at the aspirations of the Bodhisattvas Samantabhadra and Sadaparibhuta.

                The happiness of others is our own happiness.

          Never disparage or underestimate any living being.

Week 3 – April 18

                Seeing, being with and doing the ‘next right thing.’

                And, from author and Buddhist, Karen Connelly:

                Good citizenship [right action] means to acknowledge and embrace our kinship with those we love, with those we hate

                and with the earth that sustains us.

Week 4 – April 25

                Way-seeking talk by Ann Kuntzweiler


Also, if you would enjoy some unprogrammed time with other Sangha members, please consider the first Thursday breakfast at the No Sweat. This month it is April 6, at 7 a.m. Good food, good company, and great conversation.



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.