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Welcome to Katog Jana Ling: the place of peace and wilderness.

The Sangha Katog Jana Ling is in the heart of Salt Lake City. It is under the direction of Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche. He directs the education and spiritual practice for Katog Mardo Tashi Choling for over 300 hundred monks, advanced-degree candidates, full time retreatants, families and children in Eastern Tibet, as well as for students in Sanghas located in the United States and abroad.

Katog Jana Ling meets regularly. Information about Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche and local practice are provided at https://katogcholing.com/utah .
Mary Eileen and Sue Evans are the local coordinators. They can be reached at 801-597-4930, or janaling@katogcholing.com.

Upcoming events (5+)

Heart Sutra Practice

Greater Avenues, Salt Lake City, UT

The Heart Sutra is one of the most well-known and revered texts of all of Buddhism. The text deals with shunyata, or emptiness, and it is from the Heart Sutra that the Bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvara, utters the famous lines: "Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form." Emptiness is a difficult concept to understand, as many equate it to nothingness. But just as planets, stars, asteroids and comets fly through the "emptiness" of space, so too our thoughts, our emotions, and our experience of conditioned existence, emerge from the "emptiness" of our minds. It is this emptiness, shunyata, that is our minds’ natural state, before we knew words, before we knew concepts, before we were conditioned by the cycle of death and rebirth. Join us as we clear our minds and connect with the heart essence of timeless awareness!

Calm-abiding (Shamatha) Meditation

Greater Avenues, Salt Lake City, UT

Shamatha meditation (Calm-abiding) is one of the most basic forms of meditation and common to all forms of Buddhism. Stilling the mind, quieting the mind, is essential, particularly for practices like Tonglen and the Heart Sutra, and is the foundation upon which these, as well as other practices, are built. In shamatha, the mind is brought back to mindful awareness from its mental wanderings by focusing on objects. Some may use the flickering of a candle or the song of a singing bowl, to bring them back to mindfulness. But of all the things we can choose to focus on as an object, the simplest, and the one that is always with us...is our breath. When we think about last week, last month, last year, we come back to the breath. Thinking about next week, next month, next year? Come back to the breath. Thinking about something mean someone said or did to you? Come back to the breath. So join us as we leave our mental baggage (and our shoes!) at the door, and connect with the vast spaciousness of timeless awareness!

Tonglen Practice

Greater Avenues, Salt Lake City, UT

The practice of tonglen, sometimes called "sending and receiving" or "exchanging one’s self for others," involves visualizing suffering and negative energy in the form of a black smoke or light that, when inhaled, is purified in the heart chakra. What is exhaled, is love and light. In tonglen, we look at the products of our mind that separate ourselves from others and see them for what they are...products of our minds. When we strip away the narrative of the storylines in our minds, we see that our suffering is no different from the suffering of anyone else. We begin by feeling compassion for ourselves, but ultimately what is engendered, is compassion for all sentient beings. Many of us spend a significant amount of our time feeling alienated...feeling alone. But when we see that the walls that separate self from other are nothing more than constructs of our own minds, we stop being leaves being blown haphazardly by the winds of life and become beacons of light, shining into the darkness of the world!

Heart Sutra Practice

Greater Avenues, Salt Lake City, UT

The Heart Sutra is one of the most well-known and revered texts of all of Buddhism. The text deals with shunyata, or emptiness, and it is from the Heart Sutra that the Bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvara, utters the famous lines: "Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form." Emptiness is a difficult concept to understand, as many equate it to nothingness. But just as planets, stars, asteroids and comets fly through the "emptiness" of space, so too our thoughts, our emotions, and our experience of conditioned existence, emerge from the "emptiness" of our minds. It is this emptiness, shunyata, that is our minds’ natural state, before we knew words, before we knew concepts, before we were conditioned by the cycle of death and rebirth. Join us as we clear our minds and connect with the heart essence of timeless awareness!

Past events (159)

Tonglen Practice

Greater Avenues, Salt Lake City, UT

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