Rein Konpo Kaales, Roshi | II. Generation > Successor to Doen Silberberg Roshi


Rein Konpo Kaales, Roshi, received transmission from Daniel Doen Roshi in the White Plum lineage of the late Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Inka from Genpo Merzel Roshi. You can reach Konpo Sensei at

Idaho Zen

Zen practice at White Cloud Zen Center is a lay-oriented practice dedicated to spreading the dharma in both eastern and western Idaho. It is taught by Rein Konpo Kaales, Zen priest within the White Plum lineage, which embraces both the Rinzai and Soto traditions. This lineage has been passed to Konpo through his teacher, Genpo Merzel Roshi, and through his teacher’s teacher, Maezumi Roshi.

Rein Konpo, who is Dutch, became interested in meditation while living in Amsterdam in the mid-60’s, a time when many Tibetan Buddhist teachers were teaching in Europe. He first practiced with Tibetan master Lama Yeshe, who remained his teacher until he passed away in 1981. The following year Konpo met his current teacher, Genpo Roshi. He began monastic study at Kanzeon Zen Center International in Salt Lake City under Genpo Roshi in 1990.

In 2002 Konpo left Salt Lake City to start a Zen center in Pocatello, Idaho. His wife, Terry Chowan Kerler, joined him a year later. Because of her job in the high tech industry she now lives in Boise where her own practice includes both Zen meditation and Ashtanga yoga. Together they set up a branch of White Cloud Zen Center in Boise.

White Cloud Zen Center now has three locations (Boise, Pocatello and Idaho Falls) and Konpo travels weekly to visit with students in each. Spanning the entire state of Idaho from west to east, Zen practitioners from completely different parts of the state are united as one sangha.

Konpo embraces the fact that western Zen has a cultural flavor very distinct from its Japanese counterpart. “Sometimes what we do here in Idaho is called ‘Cowboy Zen.’ Especially when we practice in the wilderness it very much feels that way. In addition, we conduct more traditional ceremonies at our Zen centers in town. We have the best of both worlds in Idaho.”

The center organizes outdoor retreats in the White Cloud Mountains (Central Idaho), Scout Mountain (southeastern Idaho) and on the North Menan Butte (eastern Idaho). Meditation outdoors is in the style of the original Buddha where trees, animals, wind, sky and stars are a natural backdrop for cultivating both shikantaza and koan practice.

White Cloud also offers retreats in more urban settings such as Lava Hot Springs, Pocatello and Boise. A year-end retreat takes place between Christmas and New Year in Pocatello. Zen weekends are also scheduled throughout the year at all locations.

The sangha at White Cloud reflects the demographics of Idaho. Groups tend to be small, thus providing opportunity for frequent and informal interaction with the teacher. In addition, Konpo emphasizes the importance of working with the body and engaging in physical discipline as an adjunct to traditional Zen practice, such as yoga, tai chi and aikido.

Konpo expresses deep gratitude to his teacher, Genpo Roshi. Without Genpo Roshi, he affirms, none of the above would have manifested.

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We are a Zen inspired meditation center. Our resident teachers have rich backgrounds. Konpo Sensei has a background in both Tibetan and Zen traditions. Terry Chowan has a background in Zen and Shambhala traditions. John Seido is a senior Zen student and talented photographer.

Those new to mindfulness and meditation practice are encouraged to contact Terry Chowan (Naropa University Certified Mindfulness Instructor) for individual instruction. Fundamental principles on where and how to place the mind and body can go a long way in supporting mindfulness and meditation practices that help cultivate compassion and equanimity. Terry can be reached at 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 money and time with in mind that donations and service reflect the preciousness and rarity of these teachings and the importance of the dharma community. Suggested donation amounts are posted in the back foyer of the Pocatello Center. Even if you can only afford a few dollars, supporting the Center in this way will enrich your experience here at the Center. Service positions are assigned and occasionally rotated. If you are interested in a service position please contact Chowan or Sensei.

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Great Eastern Sun Counseling and Consulting is affiliated with White Cloud Meditation Center and provides mindfulness based counseling services. For more information visit

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. Temporary parking permits are available on loan.dapibus leo.

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