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.
Membership and Management
Open Way Sangha was formed in 1989. Included in the membership are those who are ordained into the Core Community of the Order of Interbeing; a clerical ordination. Membership in Open Way is typically accomplished by practicing with Open Way for a period of time and completing a membership form. Members chose between full and affiliate membership as is appropriate to their situation. Open Way also welcomes many friends to our practice sessions who are not members; including those who may be primarily pursuing another spiritual tradition.
Open Way is managed by an elected group of members who meet as a board. The board makes business and program decisions and helps set our focus and direction for practice. If you want to help with the business and practical sides of the sangha and retreats, come to the meetings and/or volunteer for one of the committees.
Our mindfulness center is home to 2 sanghas (spiritual communities) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Open Way Sangha and Be Here Now Sangha. Be Here Now was formed in the fall of 2002 and meets every Monday night. It is a relaxed format mindfulness meditation group that is rooted in Zen practice.
Our larger Open Way Montana Sanghas family also has two sister sanghas, Flowing Mountains in Helena and Open Sky in Kalispell. Together we form a greater community of four sanghas gathering for retreats, days of mindfulness, yearly meetings and friendship. To learn more about the Helena or Kalispell sanghas please click on the above tabs.