Flowing Mountains Sangha

A Community of Mindful Living in the Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Helena, Montana.

Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm

@ Mountains & Rivers building, 825 Helena Ave

FORMAT: Walking & Sitting Meditation: 6:30 & 7:00 pm; Program: 7:30 pm; Closing: 8:30 pm

Flowing Mountains is actively served by four Order of Interbeing members, as well as many committed practitioners. Our OI members are as follows:

  1. Sandra SuZanne ("Zan") Murray, a writer and editor, and co-founder of Flowing Mountains. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and handcrafts.

  2. Jonathan Matthews, a professor at Carroll College and a co-founder of Flowing Mountains. He is also a national champion racewalker.

  3. 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.

  4. Ann Kuntzweiler is exploring right livelihood through life coach certification.




Dear Friends of Flowing Mountains Sangha,

Aah, the new life and vibrancy of Spring is truly here. We begin this season with the intention and aspiration to live each day awake and aware. The Earth is continually renewing herself. May we renew and refresh ourselves too. At the same time, we see that the Earth is suffering. May we grow in our intention, action and ability to be courageous stewards of this planet.

 Please continue reading below for weekly program presentations and regular meditation periods.


4th     Recitation and discussion of Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, led by Zan.

11th  Introduction and Overview to the Bodhisattva Path – Zan

18th  Check-in facilitated by Sue

25th   Readings and discussion from Nothing To It  (end of Chapter 8) facilitated by Nancy.


June 6th – Thursday; Breakfast and conversation at the No Sweat Café at 7a.m.

June 11th begins the series on the Bodhisattva path. Each month from now through December, a member of the Sangha will give a presentation on a particular Bodhisattva. Dharma sharing will follow.


Walking and Sitting meditation from 6:30 – 7:30p.m.

(Zendo location: 825 Helena Ave.)

In the second hour from 7:30 to 8:30 there may be a recitation, a presentation, or a reading usually followed by a Dharma Discussion.

This Dharma Sharing time is an opportunity to practice deep listening and mindful speaking. We speak from the heart about topics that emanate from our lives and practice in ways that benefit others as well as ourselves. We encourage all to take three mindful breaths after someone has finished and before and another begins.




Monthly Programs:

1st Tues: Mindfulness Trainings (guidelines for ethical living)

2nd Tues: Bodhisattva Path Consideration and Practice

3rd Tues: Sharing the Way (teachings, talks)

4th Tues: Nurturing Wisdom & Compassion (discussion, guided practice)


Flowing Mountains Sangha
River & Mountains Bldg.
825 Helena Ave.
Helena, MT 59601

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