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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Ann Arbor Programs April – July 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

GOM: Meditation for Clarity and Serenity - Online/Onsite 

Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm

GOM, or concentrated meditation, helps to develop clarity, serenity and a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Based on Gelek Rimpoche’s GOM transcript, the sessions will alternate weekly between discussion/practice sessions done individually at-home or as a group onsite at participating Jewel Heart centers AND online Webinar presentation sessions with Jewel Heart Instructors Amy Hertz from Jewel Heart New York and Supa Corner Jewel Heart Ann Arbor.

Jewel Heart Ann Arbor is participating in GOM's online and onsite sessions. Local GOM registrants are welcome to join the course at the Center for all 8 sessions. Registrants additionally have access to a dedicated GOM webpage hosting materials and recordings of the online sessions.

Click here to register and for materials.

April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1


This course is a condensed summation of the path to enlightenment, which includes self-compassion, unlimited compassion, and wisdom. Part 3 will focus on expanding our compassion and wisdom. Gelek Rimpoche's transcript, the Three Principles of the Path, serves as course material for this 6 month course offered in three 8 week sections.

Part 3 –June 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 9

$80/ Jewel Heart Members – Free


This course is a condensed summation of the path to enlightenment, which includes self-compassion, unlimited compassion, and wisdom. Part 2 will focus on expanding our compassion. Gelek Rimpoche's transcript, the Three Principles of the Path, serves as course material for this 6 month course offered in three 8 week sections.

Part 2 – April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

$80/ Jewel Heart Members – Free

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

April 11, May 9, June 13, July 18, August 8

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.

April 9, May 7, June 11

Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

April 28 – The Human Experience (2008)
The meaning of life is discovered in the experience’ The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is man? Why do we search for meaning? Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.

May 12 – Yangsi: Reincarnation is Just the Beginning (2012)
A coming of age story set between two worlds. This documentary narrated by Yangsi Rinpoche offers an intimate portrait of a young Tibetan boy who is recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He is known as the “Yangsi”, “the one how has come again into existence”.
of a venerated Buddhist teacher. Tibetan and American worlds meet, leading to an extraordinary adventure!

June 30 – Paths of the Soul (2015)
Docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. The journey covers 1,200km on foot, in a continuous repetition of prostrating one’s self on the ground. Over 10 months, we see the simplicity of human relationships and the nature of family, suffering and resolve.

July 28 – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make “the comedy that would end all comedies.” Virtually every lead, supporting and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

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.

Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm

Offered as a webinar

HOW THE MIND WORKS, based on Gelek Rimpoche’s transcript, will explore ten universally core functions of our minds. Rimpoche’s accessible approach shows us how to use these mental faculties and lays the ground for us to become more realistic, capable, and resilient in any and all situations. An aspect of Buddhist psychology, understanding these functions provides guidelines for a healthy mind that are applicable across all mental, emotional and spiritual disciplines.

6 Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm
February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Click here to register and for more information.

Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center will be open for this course. We invite the local community to register and participate as a group at the center.

Ann Arbor Special Events April – July 2017


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 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


SAKADAWA DAY PRECEPTS: Given by Demo Rinpoche
Friday, June 9, 5:20am; Precepts at 5:35 sharp
Demo Rimpoche will also be leading the Friday, June 9th evening session.

24 Hour Mahayana Precepts; 5:20-6:05am

Buddhists commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana on the full moon day of the Tibetan calendar’s fourth month, mindful that the beneficial effects of our positive activities generated that day are multiplied many-thousand fold.

We invite you to take the Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours. Relying on the Mahayana Precepts, even for the short 24 hour period, has tremendous benefit. Among the precepts is the commitment to fast from 12noon until the following sunrise.

Please arrive by 5:20am. Precepts begin at 5:35am sharp in order to take them before sunrise at 5:55am.

CLEANING OUR CENTER Throughout the Day
Cleaning our center can produce great merit as well as further our practice. Clear the dust, clean the dirt! And remember, our merit is multiplied many thousand fold on this day.

MEDITATING ON BUDDHA 7 pm with Demo Rinpoche
Onsite at the Ann Arbor Center and via Webinar
Join us to commemorate Sakadawa Day through guided meditation on Buddha Shakyamuni and chanting his mantra. Buddha Shakyamuni is an embodiment of enlightenment and meditating on him inspires us and brings our mind closer to that ideal.

Click here to register for Webinar participation.

Silent Meditation Day June 10th 9am-8:30pm
Continue the mindfulness of Sakadawa Day with group GOM meditation practice.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Concentrated silent meditation is an essential tool that helps develop peace and joy as well as the power to deeply understand wisdom. This meditation day-long opportunity, offered according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and Gelek Rimpoche’s GOM teachings, will include practice sessions with light guidance. Silence will be maintained between sessions. Practice sessions will include siting and walking meditations. Instructors will be available for your assistance. Although silence will be maintained throughout the day, you may discuss your practice with an instructor during longer breaks.

Location: Jewel Heart Ann Arbor, 1129 Oak Valley Drive,
Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Time: Saturday, June 10, from 9 am to 8:30 pm

Cost: Donation only – Attend even if you can’t donate

Please plan to bring your own brown bag lunch, dinner and snacks – we
have plenty of space in the fridge! We have microwaves and a toaster
oven available as well.

Tea/Coffee provided for breaks

Cushions and Chairs provided

Or call 734 994 3387 extension 223


July 15 Saturday 10-3:30
Sliding scale: $20 - $30; members free

Register at or call (734) 994-3387

This workshop is based on Anyen Rinpoche’s powerful book, “Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death”. In this hands-on workshop each par'cipant will create our own ’dharma box’, containing the items we need to help our family and entrusted spiritual friends carry out our dharma wishes as our death approaches, during our passing, and after we pass.

We highly recommend that, if possible, you purchase the text (the Jewel Heart store will order it) and begin thinking about what you would include in your dharma box before the workshop.

Click here for flyer


Sustainable Change: A Path of Personal Responsibility

With Molly Fitzgerald

Saturday, June 17th from 10am-2:30pm

The focus of this seminar is the nature of mind, with a simplified and straightforward approach as to how to access and the harness one’s innate power to change. Molly explores the interplay between our mind, body and emotions to help us to find greater peace, strength and stability in our lives. Developing the ability to understand, observe, and direct our minds can bring forth the positive change that we seek.

Molly has many years of professional experience helping prisoners, probationers, and those struggling with substance abuse. She holds a B.S. & M.S. in Criminal Justice.

Sliding scale: $10 - $30;
Register at or call (734) 994-3387

Bring your Lunch!
At Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center

Click here for information and to register.LIVING WITH LOSS: GRIEF, CONSOLATION AND COMMUNION
Onsite in Ann Arbor and Bloomfield Hills
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