White Cloud Meditation Center
Meditation Practice in Idaho
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Pocatello Location

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If you are new to White Cloud Meditation Center

We are a Zen inspired meditation center.  We have a resident teacher, Konpo Sensei, who has a rich background in both Tibetan and Zen traditions.  We also embrace a variety of other mindfulness traditions and practices such as Shambhala, Vipassana, and Buddhist Psychology.

Those new to mindfulness and meditation practice are encouraged to contact Terry Chowan Kerler (Naropa University Certified Mindfulness Instructor) for individualized instruction.  Fundamental principles on where and how to place the mind and body can go a long way in supporting mindfulness and meditation practices.  Terry can be reached at whitecloudsangha@cableone.net or at  208-830-1228.

The art of giving and receiving is also an important aspect of spiritual practice.  We encourage all participants to donate to support Sensei and the Center with in mind that donations reflect the preciousness and rarity of these teachings and the importance of the dharma community.  Suggested donation amounts are posted in the back foyer.  Even if you can only afford a few dollars, supporting the Center in this way will enrich your experience here at the Center.

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Tuesday Evening Meditation from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The emphasis for Tuesday evening is on cultivating mindfulness and awareness through a variety of practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, experiential exercises and other ways to focus one’s awareness and intention.

The format for this evening depends entirely on who shows up.  Those new to mindfulness and meditation receive instruction on how to start a mindfulness practice and what the best practices are for sitting and walking meditation.

Thursday Lunch Hour Drop In Meditation from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The meditation hall is open on Thursday morning from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for drop in meditation.  Individual mindfulness instruction with Chowan and/or private interview with Konpo are available during that time by appointment.  Contact Terry Chowan (830-1228) for further information.

Sunday Morning Community Gathering from 9:30 am to Noon

The morning starts at 9:30 with an optional care taking practice whereby we prepare the Center for our morning gathering.  Tasks include sweeping the walkway, making coffee, caring for the altars and preparing food. Caretaking practice is also known as work practice. It is a way of translating one’s spiritual practice on the cushion into action in daily life. It is done with the same mindful intention cultivated on the cushion, i.e. with a relaxed body and mind where the mind is clear and aware of present moment sensations and sense perceptions while attending to the task at hand.

At 10:00 am caretaking practice is followed by sitting meditation, walking meditation and a dharma talk/discussion with Sensei.

Sunday Morning Additional Meditation (TBA once a month) 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Early morning group meditation is offered for those who wish to benefit from additional sitting practice.  Adding an additional period of meditation is a great way to strengthen your power of awareness.

This period of sitting is followed by a light communal breakfast.  The regular Sunday morning schedule then resumes as usual at 9:30.

You are invited to participate in any or all of this Sunday morning schedule.

Directions to White Cloud and Parking Information

The Pocatello meditation center is located at 524 S. 6th Ave.  Entrance is off the back alley.  There is a sign on the door indicating “White Cloud.”  After entering this door, proceed up three stairs through the glass door.

Bicycling or walking to the Center is encouraged.  If you must use a car, there are three parking spaces available for use in the back parking lot.  Unrestricted parking is also available on Benton Street.  Parking on 6th Avenue is restricted during the day. Temporary parking permits are available on request.


The Pocatello community can be contacted by email at whitecloudsangha@cableone.net