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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:

The next Sangha Council meeting is 7/2 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Joyful Paradise Room. All are welcome.

Make sure to check out our new Sangha Community Board in the café. It has information for new and ongoing social activities and other community related events.

Please join the Cleaning Club on Wednesday, 7/10, to care for our center from 10 am – 2 pm. 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.

At the center on 7/7 after the Sunday Talk - ask folks to store the chairs and cushions in the hall and stack the cushions in the Joyful Paradise Room to help the Cleaning Club

Join the sangha for our Annual Ice Cream Social on 7/21 after the Sunday talk. Contact Sissel if you can assist with set up, sweet treats, some healthy items and clean up.

The next Sangha Council meeting is August 6 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Joyful Paradise Room. All are welcome.

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

Saturdays, May 4 and July 20, 8:30am – 6pm

Meditation 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
July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28

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


Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26 
(No session June 19 due to Summer Retreat)

Meditation is an important tool on the spiritual path, helping to develop focus, stability, insight and understanding. In addition to more commonly known concentration methods, we will also experience analytical and visualization meditations on various topics.


Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. Open to All
April 9, May 7, June 11, July 9, August 13


Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

April 26 – BREWSTER McCLOUD (1970)
Robert Altman's wild, anarchic cult fave, istn't about dreams as much as it is about the highs and lows of humanity. Ah, Love. The thing that at once shapes and unravels us. The thing that may or may not give us wings.

May 31 – CHICKEN RUN (2000)
When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. A great story of the bodhisattva desire to free all beings.

June 28 – INSIDE OUT (2015)
After young Riley is uprooted from her midwest life and moved to San Francisco we take a rollicking journey into her mind where five emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness conflict on how to navigate her circumstances.

July 26 – STARGATE (1994)
The plot centers on the premise of a “Stargate”, an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe.

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.

Ann Arbor Special Events May – August 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 2018 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 2013 Video Recordings, Demo Rinpoche twice monthly and guest speakers
12pm – Enjoy tea, snacks and conversation or join the Informal Discussion facilitated by JH Senior Students
1 – 4pm – Loving Kindness Crafts – Monthly, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14 – 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.


Demo Rinpoche

2019 Lam Rim with Demo Rinpoche – Part 2
Demo Rinpoche - Summer Retreat
Visiting Lama Series
H.E. Ling Rinpoche - Three Principles of the Path and Manjushri Empowerment

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe - The Rice Seedling Sutra
H.E. Dagyab Kyabgon Rinpoche - Vajrayana Initiations & Teachings