About

Open Circle Sangha’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. We are an affiliate Branching Streams sangha of the San Francisco Zen Center.