We are a meditation community in Salt Lake City open to anyone who wishes to have support and inspiration for the practice of mindfulness in everyday life. Insight Meditation, is one of the central teachings of the Buddha and has been practiced and passed down for 2,500 years through the Theravada Buddhist tradition. It is offered throughout the United States and is best known through the large centers on the East and West coasts. These include Insight Meditation Society, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Our guiding teacher Susie Harrington has primarily been trained and supported through the Insight Meditation lineage. We draw inspiration and guidance from the ethics and traditions taught by the Buddha, and from Buddhist Psychology in the West.
Guiding Teacher, Susie Harrington
Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Adyashanti, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She often offers retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life. Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface to her teaching, informed by her ongoing study of the Diamond Approach by A.H.Almaas and as a graduate of Hakomi Therapy (a somatic psychotherapy modality). She offers a two-year intensive program, Dharma in Daily Life, where she delights in mentoring the innate qualities of heart and wisdom in everyday practice. Her practice is rooted in periods of long retreat both indoors and outdoors, which offer nourishment and inspiration for her teaching. She was an outdoor professional for over 30 years, including years as a river guide, mountaineering guide, and backcountry ranger, and now finds her greatest delight in sharing her love of the dharma and the natural world.
Susie Harrington acts as the guiding teacher for SLC Insight and visits Salt Lake City periodically to give dharma talks.
For more information about Susie Harrington’s Desert Dharma.