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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:

Jewel Heart’s Salad Sunday is scheduled for July 29 after the talk. If you want to contribute food (any dish is welcome), please contact Sissel Bridges at Ticket prices ar e$12 for adults and $6 for children.

The next monthly Sangha Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, All are welcome to attend.

The Cleaning Club is meeting on Wednesday, August 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. If you can’t join us on Wednesday, feel free to clean when it is convenient for you. Please use the check lists in the kitchen.

At the center announcement for Sunday, August 5, after the talk ask people to store the chairs and cushions in the main hall to help the cleaning club.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs May – August 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

MINDFULNESS 2 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm ~ May 30 – August 1

Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations through meditation opens the door to understanding the nature of our mind and how it influences our experience.

May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 18, 25, Aug 1
Note: No sessions on July 4 and 11

Free - $80 Value

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION ~ Fridays, Monthly, 7pm
Bring your friends and enjoy a free film and group discussion. Concessions available.

May 25 - Big Lebowski - (1998)
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help. The Coen brothers' masterpiece marks 20 years since it first hit the theaters. Roshi Bernie Glassman wrote a book about it called “The Zen of the Dude”.

June 29 - Heal - (2017)
A documentary film that takes us on a scientific journey where we discover that by changing one’s perceptions, our thoughts, beliefs and emotion, the human body can heal itself from dis-ease. The fact is we have more control over our health and life then we have been taught to believe.

July 27 - Knowledge of Healing (1997)
Illuminating documentary on Tibetan medicine that developed over 2 millennia as an amazingly successful method of healing. In the 12th century, Gyüshi (Knowledge of Healing) was created, the Dalai Lama shares the value of Tibetan medicine, and his personal physician Dr. Tenzin Choedrak describes its principles.

August 24 - Perfect Sense – (2011)
A chef and a scientist fall in love as witnesses to the end of the world-- strangers who form a desperate romantic connection while facing an apocalyptic epidemic that robs people of their sensory perceptions.

Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

The reading selection: The Life and Visions of Yeshe Tsogyal: The Autobiography of the Great Wisdom Queen. Beginning August 14, the selection is: Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine by Lama Tsultrim Allione

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

May 8, June 12, July 17, August 14

Sundays, Monthly, 1 – 4pm
Loving Kindness Crafts includes all crafts, arts and handiwork. All Welcome.

May 13

Ann Arbor Special Events May – August 2018


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


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

Sunday Afternoons
4 - 5:30pm Tai Chi is temporarily suspended.
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. Sunday morning Concentrated and White Tara meditation sessions will meet in the Joyful Paradise Room. Signs will be posted.

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


Saturday, June 16, 8:30am - 6:00pm

Concentrated silent meditation is an essential tool that helps develop peace and joy as well as the power to deeply understand wisdom. ​This daylong opportunity, offered according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and Gelek Rimpoche's GOM teachings, will include practice sessions of both sitting and walking meditations with light guidance.
Silence will be maintained between the sessions.
​Instructors will be available for you to privately discuss your practice during the longer breaks.

Cost: Donation only. Those unable to donate are also welcome to attend.

Please bring your own brown bag lunch, dinner and snacks. Plenty of room in the fridge, and a stove/oven, microwaves and toasters are available. Tea and coffee provided. Chairs and cushions provided.

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Saturday, June 23, 10am - 12pm
Free of Charge - All Welcome

​The relationship with a spiritual mentor will be explored through presentation and interactive panel discussion in this 2 hour workshop.

Panel: Jewel Heart Instructors Anne Warren, Hartmut Sagolla and Kimba Levitt with Moderator: Jim Winter.

Register at Onsite Ann Arbor only.

In honor of Sakadawa, Demo Rinpoche will give the June 3rd Sunday morning 11am Eastern talk from Jewel Heart Ann Arbor.

If you would like to join the webinar and are not already registered for the weekly Sunday morning series, please click here to register.

JEWEL HEART welcomes H. E. DAGYAB KYABGON RINPOCHE to Jewel Heart Ann Arbor and Jewel Heart New York for: