Mission Mountain Zen is a community of practitioners dedicated to Soto Zen Buddhist practice, located in northwest Montana. We want to make this practice, of returning to our true nature, available to everyone.

The guiding teacher is Zenku Jerry Smyers, a Dharma Teacher in both the Soyu Matsuoka and Shohaku Okumura Soto Zen Lineages. Coming soon (Links to Zenku’s dharma talks in written, audio, and video form.)


Weekly Wednesday 6pm meditation is at Yogaheart at 314 Main Street in Polson MT and online via Zoom.

For Speical Services and meditation retreats the location is at Zenku’s home at 25364 Old US Highway 93, Dayton, Montana.


We have special services celebrating Buddhist Holidays, during the year, that includes a formal dharma talk followed by covered dish dinner. (Note that we start at 6:00pm on Wednesday’s on Buddhist Holidays.

We also offer one day (zazenkai), weekend, and 5 day meditation retreats (sesshin’s) throughout the year.

Newcomers are always welcome. Contact Zenku at the email address or phone number below to get on the weekly email list reminding everyone of upcoming events.

Please send your email information to Zenku at Jerry.Smyers@gmail.com to get on the weekly email communication list.

  • The weekly email will confirm the meditation plans for the coming week.   Check this email to make sure that the Wednesday meditation has not been cancelled for the week.
  • Please let Zenku know you are planning to attend by email or phone, (847-721-0665).