Jewel Heart is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradition within the context of contemporary life to everyone.
Rimpoche established his first Western teaching center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in 1985. In 1988, Jewel Heart was founded as a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with chapters and study groups throughout the US, in Malaysia and Singapore and the Netherlands.
Affiliated with Nyare Khangtsen of Drepung Loseling Monastery, at one time among the world's largest monasteries, Jewel Heart carries on the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, with a particular emphasis on the lineage of Je Tsong Khapa.
All Jewel Heart programs are generated under Gelek Rimpoche's guidance for teachings, retreats, study programs, guest speakers, digital dharma, tsohs and ritual ceremonies and are supported by an extensive audio/video and transcript archive.
Jewel Heart provides opportunities to study and learn at all levels of interest and connection, from introductory meditation and community outreach programs to in-depth study and vajrayana practice.
Gelek Rimpoche, Founder and President
Philip Glass, Chairman
Diana Rose, Vice Chair
John Thornton, Co Treasurer
Bennett Shapiro, Co Treasurer
Carole Corcoran, Co Executive Director
Nancy Jeffries, Co Executive Director
F. A. Perriello
Fredericka Foster Shapiro
Robert J. Mooney
Debbie Burr: Administration & Operations
Kathy Laritz: Program Development
Kimba Levitt: Assistant to Gelek Rimpoche
Hartmut Sagolla: Program Development
Ujjen Tsewang: Store, Membership & Special Projects
Jonas Dainius Berzanskis: A/V IT
Jamyang Tseten: Ritual Support, Building Maintenance
Willy Richardson: Webmaster
Jewel Heart’s financial position is reviewed yearly by an outside accounting firm.
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