Matt’s personal and professional journey with Unity Temple on the Plaza began in 2010 as he sought peace of mind through the Temple’s daily Serenity Pause meditation program. A stressed-out student at the time, meditation proved to be a powerful tool for Matt’s spiritual awakening and served as the catalyst to his deep involvement at the Temple, including his taking of Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with the Temple Buddhist Center (where he received his Buddhist name, Urgyen Trinley).
Matt was ordained as a Minister of Buddhism at TBC in February of 2016. He currently leads TBC's half-day Kalyanamitra Retreats, co-leads TBC's monthly Chanting Practice Class, and leads a once-a-month Buddhist meditation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Matt also delivers Sunday morning Dharma talks and assists with quarterly daylong retreats.
Because it’s where his journey began, Matt has a soft spot for Serenity Pause at Unity Temple and is a certified SP meditation leader and a certified SP meditation leader trainer.
Matt is a Kansas City native and spends his time away from work at his home in the Waldo neighborhood with his husband, Nate. At home, Matt tends his perennial and vegetable gardens, practices piano, and cooks plenty of casseroles.