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 January – April 2017


Register for courses and workshops at
Homework assignments where applicable are provided upon registration.Purchase digital transcripts for the courses at,
or order paper copies from the Jewel Heart Store at become a Jewel Heart member - visit Heart courses and workshops are open to all, regardless of ability to pay. If you are unable to afford a fee, please speak with registration about the possibility of a partial or full scholarship.

All programs held at:
1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 994 3387


Je Tsong KhapaIn honor of Je Tsong Khapa, The Ann Arbor Jewel Heart center will be open from Tuesday, December 20th through Friday, December 23rd for the recitation of the Ganden Lha Gyema and a Migtsema mantra collection, culminating in the Lama Chopa and tsoh on Friday, December 23rd.

All are welcome to participate in all or part of the gathering.

Click here to see the flyer.

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm

This course is a condensed summation of the path to enlightenment, which includes the determination to be free, unlimited compassion, and wisdom. Part 1 will focus on Self-Compassion. Gelek Rimpoche's transcript, the Three Principles of the Path, serves as course material for this 6 month course offered in 3 – 8 week sections.
Part 1 - February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19

$80/ Jewel Heart Members – Free

Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm

A Revolutionary Approach to the Science of Mind

Based on teachings delivered by Gelek Rimpoche on the nature of mind, this course addresses the relationship between energy and mind, the mind's capacity for liberation and wisdom, and continuity of consciousness. One needn't be Buddhist to benefit from this course.

Special guest speakers will alternate weekly with Jewel Heart instructors covering six topics over twelve sessions.

Local course registrants are welcome to participate in the Webinar broadcast together at the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center as well as individually online via Webinar.

Registration is done online only at

Registration will provide instructions, a digital transcript, and a link to a page with past sessions posted for your review.

Fee: $50 - $75 Sliding Scale
2017 - January 12, 19, 26, February 2
(2016 - Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, 8)

Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. Open to All.

January 10, February 14, No meeting in March,  April 11

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.

January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9

Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

January 27 – Little Buddha (1993)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha” tells the story of a young Seattle boy who may, or may not, be a reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist teacher. Tibetan and American worlds meet, leading to an extraordinary adventure!

February 24 – 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”.

March 31– The Visit (1964)

Veteran actors Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn are a tour de force in this dramatization of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play, Der Besuch der Alten Dame, the story of a bitter woman whose attempts to right past wrongs channels her through the eight worldly dharmas.

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.

Ann Arbor Special Events January – April 2017


Rimpoche Sundays

Weekly, 11am EST with Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche

We look forward to seeing you
at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor or via 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 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.

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
Tai Chi – Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this ‘soft style’ martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5


BUDDHANATURE with Glenn Mullin

Glenn Mullin is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. He lived in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984, and studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Glenn is the author of over 20 books on Tibetan Buddhism, founded and directed the Mystical Arts of Tibet, and has curated a number of important Tibetan art exhibitions.

For more about Glenn Mullin, visit

with Glenn Mullin

Friday, March 10 - 7 - 9pm
Saturday, March 11, 10am - 12pm, 2 - 5pm

Online via Webinar and
Onsite at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor

1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

This workshop looks at the doctrine of “the buddha within you” and at the technology for awakening that latent inner force, transforming it from a hidden treasure into a dynamic energy flow that enriches every aspect of your daily life.

Fee: Sliding scale: $30 - $60

Click here to register.


Saturday, January 21 and 28, 10am – 1pm

This two part introductory workshop will give an initial insight into the main message of the Buddha: that there is suffering and that it can be completely eliminated through one’s own efforts.

Sliding scale $20 - $40/Members - Free

WHITE TARA WORKSHOP at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor and via Webinar
New Date: March 18, 10am – 12noon, 1 - 3pm

Tara is the mother goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, known for her quick and compassionate activity. White Tara is particularly associated with healing and long life. This workshop will review the White Tara practice offered on Sundays at Jewel Heart, along with the visualization techniques for overcoming physical, mental and emotional suffering. Open to all.

Free – Open to All

Registration Required. Click here for more.

Please bring a "brown bag lunch" for the break.

Hold the Dates, Details coming soon

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 10, 11, 12 at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor
Monday, March 13 at Jewel Heart Bloomfield Hills