About

Jewel Heart is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradition within the context of contemporary life to everyone.

Rimpoche established his first Western teaching center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in 1985. In 1988, Jewel Heart was founded as a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with chapters and study groups throughout the US, in Malaysia and Singapore and the Netherlands.

Affiliated with Nyare Khangtsen of Drepung Loseling Monastery, at one time among the world's largest monasteries, Jewel Heart carries on the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, with a particular emphasis on the lineage of Je Tsong Khapa.

All Jewel Heart programs are generated under Gelek Rimpoche's guidance for teachings, retreats, study programs, guest speakers, digital dharma, tsohs and ritual ceremonies and are supported by an extensive audio/video and transcript archive.

Jewel Heart provides opportunities to study and learn at all levels of interest and connection, from introductory meditation and community outreach programs to in-depth study and vajrayana practice.

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Founder

Gelek Rimpoche (1939-2017)

Board of Directors

Philip Glass, Chairman
Diana Rose, Vice Chair
John Thornton, Treasurer
Carole Corcoran, Co Executive Director
Nancy Jeffries, Co-Executive Director
Amy Hertz
Sheila Hixon
Bennett Shapiro
Fredericka Foster Shapiro
Barbara Sloat

Senior Advisors

Francesco Clemente
Richard Gere
Patrick O’Meara
Jonathan Rose

Jewel Heart Staff

Jonas Dainius Berzanskis: A/V IT
Debbie Burr: Administration & Operations
Kathy Laritz: Program Development
Kimba Levitt: Assistant to Gelek Rimpoche
Mark Magill: Program Development
Willy Richardson: Webmaster
Hartmut Sagolla: Program Development
Jamyang Tseten: Ritual Support, Building Maintenance
Ujjen Tsewang: Store, Membership & Special Projects

Financial Statements:

Jewel Heart’s financial position is reviewed yearly by an outside accounting firm.

PDF copies of the statements are attached for: