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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 program offerings below. If you have questions, please call 734-994-3387 or email

Check out the Gifts From The Heart Holiday Auction, tag sale and wine pull. Donations include: fun stuff, how to do stuff, gift certificates, professional services and much more. Items can be dropped off during the auction and sale. The Auction conclude on 12/15 after the Sunday talk. Speak with Sissel Bridges if you have questions about the auction.

The Holiday Bags of Sweet Treats Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, 12/15. Please donate sweet treats for your holiday celebration. Contact Sissel Bridges to help by donating food and setting-up/cleaning up.

Debbie Burr is hosting a pop-up candy making event on Thursday, 12/12 at Jewel Heart at 7 pm. You will learn how to make sweet chocolate treats to take home or give as gifts. This activity is limited to 15 people for a fee of $30. Reserve your participation using the sign-up sheet is in the lobby or contact Debbie.

Join the Cleaning Club on Wednesday, 12/11 to care for our center from 10 am – 2 pm. Join a great team with a lovely lunch prepared by Susan Cooley. If you are unable to help at these times, feel free to clean at your convenience and mark your accomplishments on the lists in the kitchen.

The next Sangha Council meeting is Tuesday, January 7 from 6:15 to 7:00 pm in the Joyful Paradise Room. Please note the new time. All are welcome.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs Sept – Dec 2019


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


Saturday, November 9, 8:30am – 6pm

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
September 11, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Building a solid spiritual foundation through preparatory topics and practices is the main focus of this course. Gateway to the Spiritual Path by Gelek Rimpoche provides the basis of study.

$80/Members Free


Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm
August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11 18

Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.


Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. September selection - In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Mingyur Rinpoche. Open to All
September 10, October 15, November 12, December 10


Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

August 23 – ASTRAL CITY – A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY (2011) Portuguese with English subtitles
A Spiritual Journey (2011) Portuguese with English subtitles –A successful doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death. The film tackles many of the issues that people ask about life, death and the next world.

September 27 – INNER WORLD, OUTER WORLDS (2012) Documentary
One vibratory field connects all thing - Akasha, Logos, primordial OM, music of the spheres, Higgs field, dark energy, a 1000 names throughout history. A link between all religions, inner worlds and outer worlds.

October 25 – SAMADHI – Maya, The Illusion of the Self, It’s Not What You Think (2017)
Documentary - Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word that points to the transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self-inquiry.

November 22 – HEALING FIELD: Exploring Energy & Consciousness Documentary
Explores breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA and genetics, and the biochemistry of emotions. We see how the old conventional healthcare models, that have relied on surgery and prescription drugs are being challenged by a wave of dramatic, non-invasive mind-body and energy-based healing techniques.

December 27 – LIVING MATRIX: The New Science of Healing 2012
The documentary brings together academic and independent researchers, practitioners, and science journalists whose work reveals scientific evidence that energy and information fields, not genetics, control health and wellbeing.

Ann Arbor Special Events Sept – Dec 2019


Classic Teachings with GELEK RIMPOCHE

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 2019 Webinar Sunday series.

OR visit GoToWebinar and enter the ID: 253-455-347

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 Morning Programs

9:45 – 10:45am – White Tara Guided Meditation
11am – 12pm – Gelek Rimpoche 2014 Video Recordings, Demo Rinpoche twice monthly and guest speakers
12pm – Enjoy tea, snacks and conversation in the cafe or or join the Informal Discussion facilitated by JH Senior Students in the Joyful Paradise room.
1 – 4pm – Loving Kindness Crafts – Monthly, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15 – All Welcome

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.

Sunday Afternoons
4 – 5:30pm ~ Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi with Marilyn Feingold

Tai Chi – Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this ‘soft style’ martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5  Please Note: no session on October 13.


Ann Arbor center is also open for registrants of  Jewel Heart online programs 

NOVEMBER 11 - NOTE FOR ANN ARBOR REGISTRANTS:  Tonight's Lam Rim session will be online only. The Ann Arbor center is closed for your safety due to snowy conditions. Visit your personal login account to participate via your Lam Rim webinar link. Be safe and see you next week.