About Us

Montana Zen Meditation Center’s purpose is to facilitate opportunities for people to practice and study Zen Buddhism in Montana. Buddhist meditation and teachings are invaluable in helping people live lives of greater clarity and compassion, and we are committed to helping make the simplicity and serenity of Zen meditation and Zen practice available to anyone who is interested.
Whether you are new to Buddhism and curious about Zen, are seeking to establish a meditation practice, simply find out more about meditation, or join a meditation group, we invite you to get in touch with us.

Our primary founding group is Open Circle Sangha in Helena. Our primary guiding teacher is Layla Smith Bockhorst, Gyokujun Teishin, a priest with Dharma Transmission in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.

In order to broaden opportunities for practice in Montana, we are hoping to establish a place for regular practice in Helena that will offer an ongoing program of meditation, classes, and teachings, and form the center of a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life. Our longer-term goal is to create a rural retreat center for more extended, monastic-style study and practice.
The Board of Montana Zen Meditation Center is made up of practitioners from various parts of Montana. We are incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.




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