Ann Arbor

Welcome to the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Chapter Webpage! 



Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times. by Demo Rinpoche, Free weekly Sunday Talks, 11:00am, Onsite/online. All welcome. Onsite, tea/snacks and optional discussion follows the morning talk. Weekly onsite participation in Rinpoche’s talk, followed by snacks and beverages in the cafe and the optional onsite facilitated group discussion of Rinpoche’s talk will continue as usual.

White Tara Guided Meditation, Free weekly Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30am. Onsite/online. Click to explore the White Tara Meditations webpage. No session July 28. 


ATTAINING LASTING SATISFACTION, Wednesdays, June 5 – July 31 & September 4 – October 16, No sessions July 3, 24
Onsite only, 7:00 – 8:30pm – See details below

LAMA CHOPA & TSOH, Monthly Fridays, 6:30pm. Next session Friday, June 21.

MANDALA OFFERING WORKSHOPS with Jadal Tulku – Sunday, June 30, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Jadal Tulku, known to most of us as Tulku-la, will offer a few informal sessions on how to make mandala offerings, from the simple 4 line verse with hand mudra to the more elaborate 37 heaps mandala offering.  These will take place on Sundays, from 3 pm – 4 pm in an informal style, onsite only and not recorded, starting Sunday June 30 at Jewel Heart.

OPEN MEDITATION is on a summer break.


TAI CHI – Weekly Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm, No session on July 28.

YOGA WITH SAMANTHA LIEBERMAN – Weekly Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:15am, No session on July 25.

DHARMA DISC’ERS DISC GOLF – Monthly Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm. June 22 at Mary Beth Doyle Park, 3500 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor 48108. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the swing set

FREE FILM & DISCUSSION – Monthly Fridays, 7:00pm, July 12 with film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  

SUNDAY BRUNCH – July 28, 1:30pm 

NO OPEN MIC @ JEWEL HEART June – August. See you in September.

ANN ARBOR SANGHA COUNCIL MEETINGS –  onsite first Tuesday monthly, 5:45pm. All are welcome. Next meeting, July 9.

Please check here for onsite cancellations during inclement weather.

Local programming questions – write [email protected] or call 734 994 3387.

Covid Guidelines

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.

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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 email [email protected]or call 734 994 3387.

Don’t forget to do your grocery shopping at Arbor Farms and 3% will be donated to Jewel Heart.
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Location and Events


(734) 994-3387

[email protected]


(734) 994-3387

[email protected]

Ann Arbor Programs May – August 2024


This course is based on the newly released transcript from Gelek Rimpoche talks on the qualities of a genuine spiritual path, on how it can bring us closer to our pure nature and help us attain lasting satisfaction in this lifetime. Facilitators Wendy Weiner and Joseph Breault.

Wednesdays, June 5 – July 31 & September 4 – October 16, No sessions July 3, 24
Onsite only, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Members Free/Non-Members $75 donation. No one turned away, pay what you can.
For questions and to register, write [email protected]

OPEN MEDITATION is on a summer break

Facilitators offer lightly guided concentration meditation. Free. Drop-in sessions for all levels of experience.

Mondays through May – No session May 27, moved to Wednesdays on June 5
Free, Weekly, Onsite only, 6:00 – 6:45pm


Third Friday Monthly, June 21, July 19, August 16 – No session May 17
Onsite only, 6:30pm
Join us Sunday, May 19 at 2pm for a Lama Chopa & Tsoh dedicated to Rose Jasso.


Join Demo Rinpoche for weekly public talks on a variety of topics based on Buddhist wisdom that remains relevant for modern life. Followed by optional facilitated group discussion, onsite and online.

Sundays Weekly 11:00am – 12:00pm, FREE, Onsite and Online – No live sessions May 26 and July 28. Recordings will be posted on the website to view at your convenience.


Tara, mother goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, is known for her quick and compassionate activity. White Tara is particularly associated with healing and long life. These guided meditations use visualization techniques to overcome physical, mental, and emotional suffering.

Sundays Weekly, 9:30 – 10:30am, Online/Onsite – No session May 26, July 28.

Ann Arbor Sangha Activities May – August 2024

Sunday, June 16  Potluck Brunch follows Sunday morning 11am – 12pm talk

TAI CHI – Sundays Weekly, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Learn and practice Wu Style Tai Chi Chan with instructor Marilyn Feingold.
DATES: May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, August 4, 11, 18, 25.
No sessions May 26, June 9, and July 28
COST: Drop-in, $5 per session at the door.

OPEN MIC@JEWEL HEART – Second Sunday Monthly, 6:00pm Free. Sign-up starts 5:30pm. All welcome. Email [email protected].  Donations welcome.

DATES: May 12. No sessions June – August. September 8, October 13, December 8

LOCATION: 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, 48108

HATHA YOGA WITH SAMANTHA LIEBERMAN – Thursdays Weekly, 9:15 – 10:15am
No Sessions on May 16, 23, June 13, and July 25
COST: Drop-in $15 per session – First visit FREE! Cash or Venmo at door. Seniors receive 10% discount. Discounted packages available. Bring your own mats.

Sam Lieberman has been practicing yoga since 1988. She received teacher trainings in Yoga Fit and Yoga Medics. Yoga Medics is a medical model approach with emphasis on alignment and therapeutic needs.

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION – Fridays Monthly, 7:00pm – No session in May

Bring friends and enjoy a free film &  follow up group discussion onsite. Free concessions available.

LOCATION: 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor 48108

June 14 – Past Lives (2023) Childhood friends confront notions of destiny, love, & choices that make a life.
July 12 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) This is a comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs.
August 9 – Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (2006) This 3-part feature, hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, recombined into a single feature, looking at the Tibetan people as they live now.

SANGHA GAME NIGHT – Friday, June 7, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Late arrivals welcome
LOCATION: 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor 48108
Everyone is invited to bring a favorite game or two, otherwise take their chances with what others bring. A few games anticipated are –
Uno and variants, Codenames, Splendor, Pictionary, Monikers

In general, it is anticipated someone will join a group of 3-6 people and agree to a game for 30-60 minutes. One person will take the lead explaining the game and facilitating game play. Then a NEW game is selected by someone else for variety as people move in or out as desired.
People sharing their favorite games and learning new games is encouraged. Snacks will be provided.

 HAPPY HIKERS – 3rd Saturday Monthly at various Ann Arbor parks, 1:30 – 2:30pm

DATE/LOCATION: May 18 – Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Dress for weather.
Break June – August. Resumes in September
Contact Heather MacKenzie at [email protected] for information.

DHARMA DISC’ERS DISC GOLF – Saturday Afternoons Monthly, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
New and experienced players welcome!

DATES: April 27, May 11, June 22, July 20, August 24
LOCATION: Mary Beth Doyle Park, 3500 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor 48108. Meet in parking lot adjacent to swing set.
Instructions – Time of play is usually 1-3 hours, depending on number in group and how many holes we play. Typically 18 holes but you can also play 9 or however many you like.
Wear good hiking shoes with a good gripping sole as ground may be muddy. Discs will be available to use for the day. If you have your own discs (or plan to purchase a starter set), please bring your own. You might also want to bring a small bag or backpack to carry your discs.
Note: Play is weather permitting. Please check this webpage first.
Contact: [email protected]

JEWEL HEART READERS – Currently on a break. Watch for details soon.

Third Sunday Monthly, 1:00pm, Onsite
DATES: Currently on Break. Resumes September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

Interested in knitting, sewing, quilting, baking or other crafts? No knowledge necessary, beginners and experts and all between are welcome.


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