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

have now moved online.

Thanks to so many wonderful sangha members,

our beautiful gonpa and all its contents are

now safely tucked away

as we explore our options 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



The next sessions of

Lama Palden’s Introduction to Buddhism class are scheduled

for fall 2024.

Contact us at info@urgyensamtenling.org 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

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