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New York

The New York Jewel Heart center opened its doors in the mid 1990’s and has been consistently presenting the teachings of Gelek Rimpoche since that time. The center hosts teachings and discussion groups, as well as programs led by special guest speakers and workshops useful to practitioners at all levels.

Please check the Program Page to view more detail for each current program offering.

Location of Jewel Heart New York

Jewel Heart New York is located at 260 West Broadway in the Tribeca section of Manhattan and is easily accessible by cab and public transportation as well as by private automobile. The entrance to the center is located in the Saint John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue (click on map for larger image).

The closest subway stops to Jewel Heart New York are the 1 train stop at Franklin Street and the A,C,E stop at Canal Street. The N, R stop at Canal Street is a few blocks south and east of Jewel Heart New York. The center can be accessed by private automobile from the West Side Highway. Please note parking restriction signs before parking and leaving your vehicle.

New York Programs: Fall 2017 – Winter 2018


Demo Rinpoche:
Four Noble Truths teachings at Jewel Heart NY Center

Rimpoche Sundays

Beginning in January 2018.

Thursdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm

January  18, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 8, 15, 22

Note:  No classes February 15, March 1

The Four Noble Truths are the first teaching Buddha gave after his enlightenment. Through recognizing suffering and understanding its underlying causes, we can rely on tools to help clear our negativity, build positivity, and develop to our greatest human potential.

The 11th Demo Rinpoche, reincarnation of Gelek Rimpoche's father, was born in Tibet and recognized by the Dalai Lama at the age of 5, when he entered Drepung Loseling. He received his Geshe Lharampa degree there and continued in tantric studies for several years after. He is currently studying Interfaith Engagement at a theological seminary in the United States.

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Solitary Hero Yamantaka Study Group 

Based on Gelek Rimpoche’s Solitary Hero Yamantaka transcript, this study group is open to those who have received the relevant initiation for this practice.

The detailed course of study began in September 2017 with plans to meet once monthly.

Please contact for eligibility questions or to register. Details including dates and location will be provided upon registration.

Lojong: Heart Of Enlightenment - Jewel Heart Online Course

This 12 week course includes presentations by 4 Guest Speakers and 4 Jewel Heart Instructors on Thursdays from September 7 through December 7, 7:00 - 8:30pm. No meetings on October 26 and November 23.

The December 7 session will be broadcast onsite from Jewel Heart New York.

Dr. Joseph Loizzo  – December 7, 7:00pm - 8:30pm onsite JH New York 

Register for the complete course and receive OnDemand access to weekly posts of the recorded video sessions, all via a personal login. Or register for single live sessions.
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Gateway to Enlightenment with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Onsite at Jewel Heart New York and Online via Webinar

Over the course of two evenings, celebrated American Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chodron will explore the process of attaining full enlightenment from the reasons and history behind developing the wish for enlightenment to the activities necessary to achieve it.

Monday, October 2 — 7:00-8:30pm: Becoming a Bodhisattva

Tuesday, October 3 — 7:00-8:30pm: Bodhisattva Activities

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Vajrayogini Study Group

Based on the short commentary on Vajrayogini in Gelek Rimpoche’s transcript “Three Short Vajrayana Practices”, this 8-week study group will focus on the practice of the short Vajrayogini sadhana of the Naropa Dakini. Though pithy and concise, Rimpoche’s commentary covers all the eleven yogas of the generation stage. The study group will emphasize discussion and learning together.

Those who have received the Vajrayogini initiation in the Naropa tradition from Gelek Rimpoche or another qualified Vajrayana teacher are eligible to attend this study group.

Please contact to register.

Mondays: 7.00pm-8:30pm

Final Session: Feb. 12

Jewel Heart members free

Ritual Workshop with Sonam Dhargye

Friday,  January 19, 7:00pm-8:00pm

In 1959, at the age of four, Sonam Dhargye escaped from Tibet. At the age of 14, he entered the Gyuto Tantric Monastery and as a young monk he was recognized for his extraordinary talents in the ritual arts.

In 1986, Dhargye was honored to be selected by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the youngest chant master in the history of the Gyuto Monastery, which was founded in the 15th century. Later he mastered the other tantric rituals of sand painting and butter sculpture. He was the ritual assistant for Gelek Rimpoche and Jewel Heart's ceremonies.

Sonam Dhargye will be demonstrating ritual practices at Jewel Heart New York. Please join us for one or more of these rare workshops. Bring your questions about mudras, mantra pronunciation, offerings, altar setup, and other practices.

Please register in advance:

Course fee: $25 per session
Drop-ins are welcome.

*To place an order for a torma by Sonam Dhargye

Yamantaka, Vajraogini, Cittamani, White Tara, Lama Chopa
Small: $65

Sonam is available for private ritual consultation and house blessing


Lama Chopa and Tsoh Offering
Thursday, February 15 - 7:00pm-8:30pm

Jewel Heart will commemorate the life and work of Gelek Rimpoche on the first anniversary of Rimpoche’s passing. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony.

Sundays with Gelek Rimpoche

Rimpoche Sundays
Classic Teachings

11am Eastern

Online via Webinar
Free - Open to All


To Register for the webinar, use the following link

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 early and set up before Rimpoche begins. 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.