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.

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Board of Directors

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

Sandra Finkel

Aura Glaser

Amy Hertz

Sheila Hixon

F. A. Perriello

Fredericka Foster Shapiro

Barbara Sloat

Julia Thornton

Senior Advisors

Francesco Clemente

Richard Gere

Robert J. Mooney

Patrick O’Meara

Jonathan Rose

Jewel Heart Staff

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

Financial Statements:

Jewel Heart’s financial position is reviewed yearly by an outside accounting firm.

PDF copies of the statements are attached for:

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