Thank you(!) to everyone who participated

in this year’s Prayers for Compassion! 

In beautiful ceremonies over four days, sangha members accumulated

more than 400,000 mantras — OM MANI PADME HUNG HRIH — generating compassion

on behalf of all sentient beings and in tribute to His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Here’s a link to a story on KSL about the event.


Welcome to Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa – Tibetan Buddhist temple in Salt Lake City!   


We’ve opened again as of Easter Sunday 2022 after almost two years of caution due to the pandemic!

Sunday Chenrezig is live!  Check our schedule for weekly in-person puja ceremonies!

Please join us any time for prayer, meditation and contemplation!



Our next Introduction to Buddhism class will begin again in Fall 2023!



We invite Sangha members, interested students and newcomers to be a part of our rituals on behalf of all for sentient beings — after a two-year hiatus!

And as always, you are invited to attend our regular ceremonies and select classes,

held weekly, both virtually and in person, online and

at our Tibetan Buddhist temple, 40 N. 800 West in Salt Lake City. 

We have big plans for this summer and beyond, so please check out our Classes page

and/or subscribe to our email list to stay posted on what is to come for USL!

Be informed, stay healthy and remember to practice loving-kindness and compassion for all.


Urgyen Samten Ling offers a traditional approach to Vajrayana Buddhism of the Nyingma school in the Tibetan tradition. Our Gonpa (Temple) was established in 1994 by Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche (Jerry Gardner) and Jean LaSarre Gardner under the guidance and blessings of the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Urgyen Samten Ling means “Guru Rinpoche’s Place of Meditation.” Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, is recognized as the second Buddha of our time. He prophesied that Vajrayana, the direct path, would be uniquely appropriate for this modern era.

“Buddha nature is a precious gift that each of us already possess. So then, how do we find something we’ve never lost? Through practice we arrive at uncovering the innate qualities that are already within our body, speech and mind. The qualities of loving kindness and compassion which are the spontaneous expression of the Buddhas, naturally come forth when we know how to simply let go and rest in the natural state of mind.”

—Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen