Ann Arbor

Welcome to the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor chapter webpage!


Join the fun and celebrate the Dalai Lama's 87th birthday, together with Demo Rinpoche, sangha, families and friends, and fueled by yummy pizza, salad, water & birthday dessert! All of this will be supplied.

Feel free to bring a dish to pass - if you wish, although not necessary.

You're welcome to bring your own chairs or blankets too, if you like.

Date/Time/Place: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00pm - Outdoors at Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

*Please RSVP to Susan Cooley to help our planning for food, general set up, etc. Write or call 734 320 9231.

It seems the weather is permitting a lovely picnic evening! See you tonight!

Sunday Talks by Demo Rinpoche - Sundays, 11:00am ET - Onsite and Online

Jewel Heart Ann Arbor is also open for in-person attendance for Demo Rinpoche's Sunday Talks (subject to the protocols noted below). In-person participants are welcome to stay for an onsite discussion following the Sunday talk.

Click here to read the Self-Health Screen and Safety Confirmation/Acknowledgment Form. By your presence onsite at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor, you confirm that you have read, understood and will comply with the protocols in the Form. Vaccination and booster cards (or a digital copy) will be required at the door.

Please Note: Both the weekly Sunday 9:30am ET White Tara Guided Meditation session and the facilitated Zoom group discussions following the Sunday talk remain online only.

Jewel Heart Readers monthly, online only: For details, email  Next session meets Monday, August 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm ET. Selection: House of the Turquoise Roof by Dorje Yudon Yuthok.

Click here to explore the many Jewel Heart Programs.

Click here for weekly free Virtual Programs.

Click here for the Jewel Heart Healing Meditations and Practices page.

Jewel Heart was founded in Ann Arbor in 1988. We were privileged to receive the late Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche's teachings on a regular basis, and the privilege continues with Jewel Heart's Spiritual Director, Demo Rinpoche. Jewel Heart also hosts many other preeminent teachers and scholars in Tibetan Buddhism.

In 2008, we were honored when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama accepted Jewel Heart's 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. Jewel Heart offerings are based on the authentic and accessible teachings of Demo Rinpoche, Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor and the late Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche, founder of Jewel Heart.

When fully open for onsite participation, 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 at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor, sells books, transcripts, Tibetan rugs, and dharma objects. Jewel Heart Ann Arbor also has a main assembly hall, multiple rooms for courses, kitchen and dining facilities, and green space with a pond.

If you have questions about local programming, please call 734-994-3387, extension 221 or email

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Ann Arbor Programs August – December 2020


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

ALL PROGRAMS are currently being conducted online.

Please see the home page, Demo Rinpoche Programs or the Events Calendar.

Ann Arbor Special Events August – December 2020


Live Online Sunday Talks with DEMO RINPOCHE and Guests

Broadcast Weekly, 11am Eastern

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to make necessary changes as events unfold. The Ann Arbor center is closed and there will be no onsite Sunday programs until further notice. 

Join us Online via Zoom - Open to All, Free of Charge

Click to register for your zoom access to the Sunday Talks and Discussion.  Please register in advance for this recurring program.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the sessions. Please keep track of your personal zoom access link generated through the registration process.