Briefly Noted

Changes at Red Lotus/Urgyen Samten Ling

By Kaleigh Stock

Salt Lake’s Urgyen Samten Ling Buddhist Temple and its movement school, Red Lotus, have moved to a new address, not too far from its last location on Third West. They are now in Rose Park, around the corner from Red Iguana and a block from the Jackson/Euclid Green line Trax stop.

New manager Carmen Bailey replaces organization cofounder and retiring longtime manager Jean LaSarre Gardner. Bailey has been affiliated with the temple and school for a number of years.

Founded in 1994 by Jean Gardner and Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche (Jerry Gardner), the school offers a traditional approach to Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism of the Nyingma school. (The Dalai Lama is a Tibetan Buddhist also in the Nyingma tradition, but in another school.)

Bailey says the previous space, quite large, was under-utilized, which meant unnecessary maintenance cost. The new building’s central air has been an especially nice benefit over this record-breaking hot summer. The new space’s two training rooms and Gompa, or temple room, are still spacious, yet more intimate, she says.

Another useful change is an improved website. You can now see more information online regarding classes. Students will soon be able to register and check in from their smartphone or laptop.

Classes at the new location start September 3. Join Red Lotus for martial arts and Urgen Samten Ling for meditation, Foundation of Buddhism classes and Sunday pujas (ceremonial practice).

40 N 8th W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. (801) 355-6375.


This article was originally published on September 1, 2019.