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,

This is a time of planting, re-birthing, of nurturing life. It is a time when most of the natural world grows into greater brightness and fullness. Many, many beings across the planet are growing in awareness and taking action to create and continue ways to better care for “Bodhisattva Gaia, Great Mother Earth – Mother of all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and all beings, Precious Jewel of the Cosmos*.” During this month, may we take time to notice in gratitude the many bodhisattvas in and around us who are nurturing life and caring for the Earth.


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.

 May 2, is our regular no-host breakfast at the No Sweat Café at 7 a.m. Good conversation, good company!

 May Programs

7th     Reflection and discussion on the retreat ( May 2-5) led by Michelle.

14th   Recitation and Dharma Sharing on the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

21st    Way Seeking Talk presented by Pam

28th    Reading from Nothing To It. Discussion facilitated by Paulette.


In June we will begin a series of presentations on various Bodhisattvas. These presentations, given by several practitioners, will occur the second Tuesday of each month.

 *From Touching the Earth chant as recorded by Michael Ciborski, Dharma teacher.




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)


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

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