When the world gets too noisy. When the everyday drama no longer intrigues. When you’re looking for some inner ease. “Meditation is a companion to have throughout life, like a best friend we turn to when things get hard to deal with and we are in need of inspiration, clarity, and even inner happiness,” write meditation teachers Deb and Ed Shapiro.
Consider this list your meditation matchmaker. At least, it’s a start. We hope you find true happiness.
We’ll print updates periodically. At some point, a version of this list will live on our website. Let us know who else belongs here. Email us: Editor@CatalystMagazine.net.
SINGLE PRACTICE TEMPLES & CENTERS
Two Arrows Zen. Diane Musho Hamilton and Michael Mugaku Zimmerman are both Dharma successors of Genpo Merzel Roshi, originating from the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen. They offer Zen study and practice, morning sitting meditation (zazen, M-F), individual interviews with teachers (dokusan), and weeklyDharma talks. 230 So. 500 West, Ste. 155. www.twoarrowszen.org
Katog Jana Ling. Under the guidance of Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, under the Katog Choling lineage, in the Nyingma tradition. Offers weekly meditation on Mondays evenings in calm-abiding, heart sutra, and tonglen (generating compassion for different groups of people and beings). 3540 So. Keller Lane (2208 East). www.katogjanaling.org
Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa. Under the guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche, in the Nyingma tradition. Offers Saturday sitting meditation, as well as eight-week Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist Practice courses. 740 So. 300 West. 801-328-4629. www.urgyensamtenling.org
Dzogchen Shri Singha Salt Lake City. Buddha Path Meditation, a practice manual compiled by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. Offers meditations weekly at various Salt Lake locations. www.saltlakebuddhapath.wordpress.com
Xuanfa Utah Dharma Center. A meeting place for the learning and practice of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. Gesang Sualoang Rinpoche is their teacher. Offers weekly Dharma classes and chanting. 755 E 600 South. 801-532-4833. www.xuanfautah.org.
Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. A sect called Jodo Shinshu Honganji Ha, or Nishi Honganji. Under the guidance of Reverend Jerry Hirano. Weekly services and meditation classes offered. 211 W. 100 South. 801-363-4742. www.slbuddhist.org
Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA Utah Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture & Education. Practices Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. Offers monthly discussion meetings, the heart of their global movement. See online calendar for complete schedule and services. 231 E 400 South, Ste. 200. 801-538-0822. www.sgi-utah.org.
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah. The main sanctum in the temple is dedicated to Sri Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity known as the remover of obstacles. Offers morning and evening pujas (Hindu worship) daily and is open for visitors every day of the year. 1142 W South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan. 801-254-9177. www.sghtu.org.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple. Salt Lake and Spanish Fork Locations. Known as the Hare Krishna Movement, or ISKON. Daily Aratik, Kirtan, and Japa meditation. Salt Lake: 965 E. 3370 South. 801-487-4005. Spanish Fork: 311 W 8500 South, Spanish Fork. 801-798-3559. www.utahkrishnas.org
Sikh Temple of Utah—First of the Temple Ksingh. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanek Dev, and stems from Hindu beliefs. Weekly services offered. 4897 S. Redwood Rd. 801-268-3811. www.utahvalleyinterfaith.org
MIXED MEDITATION CENTERS & OTHER PRACTICES
Center for Embodied Living and Body Happy. Carl Rabke and Erin Geesaman Rabke offer meditation classes on Wednesday evenings at Avenues Yoga, 68 K St. www.bodyhappy.com
Dancing Cranes. Weekly Zen meditation and Deeksha blessings. 673 E. Simpson Ave. 801-486-1129. www.dancingcranesimports.com
Lotus. Crystal meditations twice monthly, and weekly Deeksha blessings and meditations. 12896 So. Pony Express Rd, Ste. 200, Draper. 801-333-3777. ilovelotus.com
Spiral Connections. Daily silent & guided meditation, and weekly Deeksha blessings, Crystal Bowl, and Zen Buddhist meditation. 2290 E. 4500 South, Ste. 120, Holladay. 801-272-0771. www.thecosmicspiral.com
Vitalize Community & Healing Arts Studio. Various meditation practices including weekly Shambhala meditation, see website calendar for details. 2154 So. Highland Dr. www.vitalizesugarhouse.com
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION (TM) – Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. TM is a meditation technique learned in a seven-step process with a TM teacher. 2222 E 1700 So. 801-897-6800. www.tm.org.
DEEKSHA (ONENESS MOVEMENT) – Founded by Bhagavan Kalki, and is derived from traditional Hindu beliefs. See website for many locations in Salt Lake. www.awakeningoneness.com
SHAMBHALA MEDITATION – A secular approach to meditation founded by Tibetan Buddhist, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala Meditation Group holds twice-weekly Shamatha Vipashyana (mindfulness meditation) practice on Wednesday evenings in Salt Lake at Vitalize Studio 2154 So. Highland Dr., and on Monday evenings at Park City Karate, 1612 Ute Blvd., Ste. 210, Park City. www.shambhala.org
VIPASSANA – Salt Lake City Insight Meditation Community. A mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition held weekly at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1070 Foothill Dr. Contact: Mark McKensie. 801-913-8439. www.slcinsight.org
PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION – A meditation in the Vedic tradition of India where you receive your own personal mantra. Taught by Georgia Clark of Vedic Harmony. Georgia is a certified Deepak Chopra educator. 801-942-5876. Tarajaga@earthlink.net.
SALKA MEDITATION – “Salka,” is a word in Quechua (the language of the Andes) for “undomesticated energy.” Salka is an Andean meditative approach best done outdoors, in nature. Groups wil begin meeting again soon (weather permitting). Contact: Oakley Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.salkawind.com/saltlakesalka