Welcome to Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa
We’re a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in the Vajrayana tradition
— known as the Diamond Vehicle —
with over 20 years as a vibrant presence in Salt Lake City, Utah
offering meditation, instruction and ceremonies
in the Longchen Nyingthig — ‘vast expanse heart essence’ — tradition
of Tibetan Buddhism’s Nyingma school
under the tutelage of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche.
Urgyen Samten Ling has closed and sold its former location
at 40 N. 800 West in Salt Lake City (Nov. 19, 2023)
ALL ceremonies and classes
— with the exception of Lama Palden’s introduction class (see below) —
will now move online into 2024.
Thanks to so many wonderful sangha members,
our beautiful gonpa and all its contents are
now safely tucked away
as we explore our options for a new space in 2024!
We will continue to offer our Sunday Chenrezig practice followed by puja
as well as a full complement of virtual classes and practices
for beginners and senior students, via Zoom.
Check out our Classes page or email us for more information
and Zoom access: info <at> urgyensamtentling.org
Lama Palden’s Introduction to Buddhism class is rolling ahead!
The remaining classes are Thursdays (01-19-24 and 02-01-24) at a special space in Millcreek.
Classes begin at 7:30 p.m.
Contact us at email@example.com or reach out directly to Lama Palden at
for updates or more information.
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