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Ann Arbor

Welcome to the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor chapter webpage!

Jewel Heart was founded in Ann Arbor in 1988. Since then, we have been privileged to receive Gelek Rimpoche’s teachings on a regular basis, as well as to host other preeminent teachers and scholars in Tibetan Buddhism.

In 2008, we were honored when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama accepted our invitation to teach in Ann Arbor and inaugurated our spacious new location at 1129 Oak Valley Drive.

Throughout the year, we offer retreats, courses, guest speakers, workshops, and talks geared to help individuals bring peace, joy, and understanding into their lives and the lives of others, all based on the authentic and accessible teachings of Gelek Rimpoche.

On a regular basis we hold film nights, a book group, a knitting group, tai chi classes, and community events, such as potlucks, a community garden, and fun-raisers. We are also involved in outreach activities, providing classes in mindfulness meditation to prisoners and living will workshops offered by Jewel Heart Health Center and Community Hospice.

The Jewel Heart Store, located on site, sells books, transcripts, Tibetan rugs, and dharma objects. Our location also has a main assembly hall, multiple rooms for courses, kitchen and dining facilities, and green space with a pond.

Please feel free to join us on Sunday mornings, when we offer guided concentrated meditation, teachings with Gelek Rimpoche, followed by tea, cookies, and conversation, and guided White Tara meditation.

For information about class offerings and special events, please check the Programs Page. If you have questions, please call 734-994-3387 or email:

Sangha Council is meeting Tuesday, October 2, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm to brainstorm. Fundraising and Sangha Community Building Activities for 2019.

The Parisian Brunch is Sunday, 10/7. This brunch will feature salads, quiche, cheese and fruit. Contact Sissel Bridges about bringing food.

Mark your calendars for the next Ann Arbor All Sangha Meeting scheduled for Sunday, 10/28, after the Sunday talk.

The Cleaning Club is meeting on Wednesday, October 10, from 10-2. Please help care for our center on Wednesday or anytime That is convenient for you. Use the checklists in the kitchen. At the talk on 10/7 – Please ask folks to store chairs and cushions. In the main hall. leave about 10 cushions and 10 chairs for the Lam Rim course on Monday evening. In the Joyful Paradise room, stack all the cushions.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs July – Dec 2018


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Homework assignments where applicable are provided upon registration. Purchase Digital Transcripts online for the courses, or order paper copies from the Jewel Heart Store.

Jewel Heart courses and workshops are open to all, regardless of ability to pay. If you are unable to afford a fee, please ask about the possibility of a partial or full scholarship.

Ann Arbor programs held at:
1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 994

Saturday, August 11, 8:30am – 6pmMeditation is an essential tool that helps develop peace and joy, as well as the power to deeply understand wisdom. This day of meditation, open to all experience levels and offered according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, will include practice sessions and light guidance. Instructors will be available for assistance. Silence will be enjoyed throughout the day.


Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm ~ beginning October 3

Meditation provides us with a clear and stable mind; necessary for a happy life and the foundation for deepening our spiritual journey. This course offers hands-on experience with the basic elements of meditation using breath, posture and techniques for coping with distractions and laxity of the mind.


JEWEL HEART READERS ~ Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. Open to All

August 14, October 9, November 13, December 11


FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION ~ Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a free film and group discussion. Concessions available.

August 24 – PERFECT SENSE (2011) A chef and scientist fall in love as witnesses to the end of the world-- strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic that begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. Also - September 29, October 26, November 30, December 9 - Check for details

September 28 –  BEING THERE (1979) A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

October 26 – Harold and Maude (1971) Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

November 30 – COCO (2017) Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

December 28 –  Sleuth (1972) A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.


Ann Arbor Special Events July – Dec 2018


Classic Teachings with GELEK RIMPOCHE and live talks by DEMO RINPOCHE

Broadcast Weekly, 11am Eastern

Join us at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor or Online via Webinar

Open to All, Free of Charge

Childcare is available for children 5 years or older during Demo Rinpoche's Sunday Talks on the first and third Sundays. Parents to remain onsite.

Click here to register for the 2018 Webinar Sunday series.

OR visit GoToWebinar and enter the ID: 718-631-307

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information to join the webinar.

Please log in and set up early. The above link and ID are valid for this new series of Rimpoche's Sunday teachings regardless of attending one or all.

For webinar trouble or questions, comments and feedback
Or Text: 734 489 4919.

Sunday Mornings

8:30 – 9:30am – Open Meditation
9:45 – 10:45am – White Tara Guided Meditation
11am – 12pm – Gelek Rimpoche 2013 Video Recordings, 1st Sunday of the Month with Demo Rinpoche – Next October 7th, Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe with Buddha's 3 Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma – September 9, September 16, September 23
12pm – Enjoy tea, snacks and conversation - Or join the Informal Discussion based on the morning talk and facilitated by JH Senior Students
1 – 4pm – Loving Kindness Crafts – October 14, November 11, December 9 – All Welcome

Open Meditation – Help yourself through meditation. Facilitators provide basic guidance with multiple meditation sessions using the breath as the point of focus. Brief instructions will be provided for newcomers. Free and open to all levels of experience.

White Tara Guided Healing Meditation – Tara is the mother goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, known for her quick and compassionate activity. She is particularly associated with healing and long life. Join us for a guided meditation using visualization techniques to overcome physical, mental and emotional suffering. Free and open to all. Buddhist experience is not required.


 Please Note: The Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center is open for Six Perfections Registrants to enjoy group participation onsite. Click image for details and to register.