“Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”

--The Buddha



“Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”

--The Buddha

About Us


Meditation is for Everyone


Sangha  means "spiritual community" in Pali, the language of the Buddha.  The  Portneuf Sangha is a group of individuals interested in exploring  mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist teachings (the Dharma).   The  Portneuf Sangha is open to all who are seeking peace, compassion, and a  means of ending suffering. There is no charge for any activity.   Donations are welcome.  While we do not have a residential teacher, we  are guided by John Travis of the Mountain Stream Meditation Center  in Nevada City, CA. 

We strive to provide a welcoming place for all people, including people of color, members of the LGBTQA community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities. 

Portneuf Sangha is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization, and donations to it are tax deductible.


Core Principles of the Portneuf Sangha

  • The Sangha is a safe refuge for anyone who comes no matter who they are or what they believe or practice.
  • Acceptance of all people and views and traditions .
  • Not disrespecting anyone’s beliefs.
  • Not disrespecting teachers or teachings.
  • The four noble truths, precepts, and Eightfold path are taught and practiced.
  • Practicing insight meditation is a core element.
  • The Dharma is freely offered to anyone, and no one is told what to believe. All are encouraged to follow their own paths.  


Scheduled Activities


12:15 pm -12:45 pm  -  30 minute silent meditation


5:30 pm -6:30 pm - 30 Minute silent meditation

10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.    Silent Meditation followed by program and discussion

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.             Chanting traditional Buddhist verses led by Jim Mariani.

When there is a 5th Sunday, we have a half-day retreat from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


More about Portneuf Sangha


History of Portneuf Sangha


The Portneuf Sangha was organized by Kristin Fletcher and Tony and Paula Seikel. Thirty people responded to an ad in the paper, and the first meeting was held on Sept. 28, 2005 at the ISU Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. We began meeting in a classroom in Applied Technology at ISU, and moved to the Whole Health Cooperative with Crete Brown’s support in 2006. We moved to the current Lewis St. location in Old Town Pocatello in 2016. The Portneuf Sangha became a 501.c.3 charity in 2016.

We received and dedicated a statue of the Buddha from Thailand that was donated to the Sangha by John Travis in 2017. 


Board of directors

Tony Seikel, President

Paula Seikel, Treasurer

Jean Bokelmann, Communication Secretary

Evelyn Dyck, Member

Tess Greenup, Member


How to support the Portneuf Sangha

All monetary donations to the Portneuf Sangha go toward rent and upkeep.

Donations can be made at Portneuf Sangha meetings or checks can be sent to 

Portneuf Sangha

P.O. Box 4429

Pocatello, ID 83205

We aren't able to accept donations by credit card.

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Meeting Location

424 West Lewis St.

Pocatello, ID 83201

Mailing Address: 
Portneuf Sangha

P.O. Box 4429
Pocatello, ID 83205

Organizers:  Tony & Paula Seikel 
208-775-3183 (home number)
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Contact Program Committee or Board of Directors:

424 West Lewis St. Pocatello, ID 83201

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