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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:

Please join the Cleaning Club on Sunday, 11/11, after the Sunday talk or Wednesday, 11/14, 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 11/11 Meeting, please store all but 20 of the chairs and cushions in the hall and stack cushions in the Joyful Paradise room to help the cleaning club. Consider staying a while and caring for our center today. Debbie Burr will help organize the activities.

Our Bake Sale, Thanks Giving Pies and Desserts is set for Sunday, 11/18. Please contact Sissel Bridges about food donations for the website

Our annual “Gifts from the Heart” Holiday Auction to benefit Jewel Heart will run from December 1st through December 16th. Bring in your items to donate beginning November 11th and leave them on the tables in the lobby. Items may be donated throughout the auction period. Please fill out the donation card with your contact info and estimated value of donation. See the flyers in the lobby for suggested donation items. Bidding begins on the 1stand ends on Sunday December 16th.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs July – Dec 2018


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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

Saturday, August 11, 8:30am – 6pmMeditation 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.Free

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm ~ beginning October 3

Meditation provides us with a clear and stable mind; necessary for a happy life and the foundation for deepening our spiritual journey. This course offers hands-on experience with the basic elements of meditation using breath, posture and techniques for coping with distractions and laxity of the mind.


JEWEL HEART READERS ~ Tuesdays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm

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

August 14, October 9, November 13, December 11


FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION ~ Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

August 24 – PERFECT SENSE (2011) A chef and scientist fall in love as witnesses to the end of the world-- strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic that begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. Also - September 29, October 26, November 30, December 9 - Check for details

September 28 –  BEING THERE (1979) A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

October 26 – Harold and Maude (1971) Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

November – No film in November -  Join Demo Rinpoche teaching Je Tsongkhapa's Spiritual Autobiography on November 30 - December 2 at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor and online via webinar. Click here or see Special Events column for details.

December 28 –  Sleuth (1972) A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.


Ann Arbor Special Events July – Dec 2018


Classic Teachings with GELEK RIMPOCHE and live talks by DEMO RINPOCHE

Please Note: The Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center will be closed on Sundays, December 23 and 30.  Enjoy the webinar online on those dates. The Center will be open again for Sundays on January 6. 

Broadcast Weekly, 11am Eastern

Join us at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor or Online via Webinar

Open to All, Free of Charge

Childcare is available for children 5 years or older during Demo Rinpoche's Sunday Talks on the first and third Sundays. Parents to remain onsite.

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 Mornings

8:30 – 9:30am – Open Meditation
9:45 – 10:45am – White Tara Guided Meditation
11am – 12pm – Gelek Rimpoche 2013 Video Recordings, 1st Sunday of the Month with Demo Rinpoche – Next October 7th, Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe with Buddha's 3 Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma – September 9, September 16, September 23
12pm – Enjoy tea, snacks and conversation - Or join the Informal Discussion based on the morning talk and facilitated by JH Senior Students
1 – 4pm – Loving Kindness Crafts – October 14, November 11, December 9 – All Welcome

Open Meditation – Help yourself through meditation. Facilitators provide basic guidance with multiple meditation sessions using the breath as the point of focus. Brief instructions will be provided for newcomers. Free and 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. Free and open to all. Buddhist experience is not required.


 Please Note: The Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center is open for Six Perfections Registrants to enjoy group participation onsite. Click image for details and to register.