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:

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Pies, Cakes and more Thanks Giving BAKE SALE! Our next Bake Sale at Jewel Heart will be after the Sunday talk November 19 at noon. Please consider signing up and/or donating some of your delicious handy work. Thank you so much for your consideration and continued support of our fund-raising and socializing activities. We appreciate your support and could not do this without you. Questions: call Sissel Bridges 734 340 3766, e-mail:

The Cleaning Club is meeting on Wednesday, November 29, from 10 am to 2 pm. If you can’t join the club on Wednesday, feel free to clean using the check lists in the kitchen when it is convenient for you.

Our annual “Gifts from the Heart” Holiday Auction to benefit Jewel Heart will run from November 30th through December 10th. Bring in your items to donate beginning November 26th and leave them on the tables in the lobby. Items may be donated throughout the auction period. See the flyers in the lobby for suggested donation items. Bidding begins on the 30th and ends on Sunday December 10th.

The next monthly Sangha Council Meeting is Tuesday, December 5. All are welcome to attend.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs Sept – Dec 2017


Register for courses and workshops at

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


Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm ~ October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20

Meditation provides a clear and stable mind, and lays ground for a happy life and the opportunity to deepen our spiritual journey. Enjoy hands-on training, including how to copy with distractions and laxity.

$80/Members Free
Course Facilitators are John Schramm and Rose Jasso


Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a free film and discussion about the film and dharma. Concessions are also available.

August 25 – Queen of the Sun. What are the bees telling us? (2011)
Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.

September 29 - Kindness is Contagious (2014)
Inspiring documentary about the powerful viral effect of simple kindness. Interspersing the practical with the theoretical, the documentary explores the impact and infectiousness of human kindness and compassion.

October 27 - Meditate and Destroy (2007)
A documentary about punk rock, spirituality, and inner rebellion. A tale of a young man with a conflicted mind that led him down a self-destructive path and how Buddhism helped him get a grip. Hope for those who've embarked upon a difficult path.

November 17 - Joe (1970)
Some people shouldn't try to cross paths; unfortunately, they do. This film allows us to see how important it is to guard one’s mind, and when not guarded, how easy it is to be manipulated to do things one would not normally do.

December 29 - Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance (1982)
This movie contrasts the tranquil beauty of nature with the frenzied hum of contemporary urban society. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music.

Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

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

Beginning in June, the reading selection is Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Carlton Abrams

Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 19

Sundays, Monthly 1 – 4pm

All are invited to this monthly Sangha Council social gathering. Loving Kindness Knitting & Crafts includes all crafts, arts and handiwork. Bring your current project(s) if you have one or join our Squares project. We have lots of yarn to go around. Open to all.

Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Ann Arbor Special Events Sept – Dec 2017


Join Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe online via Webinar for all 4 weeks. Or onsite at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor on Sundays, September 10, 17, 24 for the weekly Sunday morning talk at 11am EasternThe Four Seals of Dharma with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, October 8
11:00am - 12noon Eastern

The Four Seals of Dharma
All compounded things are impermanent.
All contaminated things are suffering.
All phenomena are devoid of self-existence.
Nirvana is peace.

The Four Seals of Dharma succinctly define the nature of life from a Buddhist perspective. Understanding this reveals our potential to end suffering.

Rimpoche Sundays

SUNDAYS with GELEK RIMPOCHE - Classic Teachings

Broadcast Weekly, 11am Eastern

Join us at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor or Online via Webinar

Open to All, Free of Charge

Please Note: Demo Rinpoche will give the morning talk December 3, 2017


Click here to register for the 2017 Webinar Sunday series.

OR visit GoToWebinar and enter the ID: 431-881-339

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 ~ Concentrated Meditation
9:45 – 10:45am ~ White Tara Guided Meditation
Tea, Snacks and Conversation following the morning teachings!

Sunday Afternoons
4 – 5:30pm ~ Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi
See details for Morning and Afternoon Programs below.

Concentration Meditation – Help yourself through meditation. Facilitators provide basic guidance with multiple concentration meditation sessions using the breath as the point of focus. 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.

Tai Chi – Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this ‘soft style’ martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5



Cognitively Based Compassion Training