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Ann Arbor

Welcome to the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor chapter webpage!

Tonight's Jewel Heart Readers session is cancelled due to icy road conditions.

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:

Super Bowl Brunch is on Sunday 2/3 after the Sunday talk. Contact Sissel if you can bring something to share.

February Sangha Council meeting at 5:30 pm Tuesday 2/5. All are welcome.

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(734) 994-3387
Ann Arbor Programs Jan – April 2019


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


Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm

Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations through meditation opens the door to understanding the nature of our mind and how it influences our experience.

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24



Saturdays, January 19 and March 9, 8:30am – 6pm

Meditation 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.



Mondays, 8:30am – 6pm - dates tba

Lam Rim, or Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, is Buddha’s teachings presented step-by-step to allow for gradual experiential awareness and understanding of our inner and outer world. Through this process, we can transform the challenges and confusion encountered in ordinary everyday life to the extraordinary compassion and wisdom of enlightenment.

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

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

February 12, March 12, April 9

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION ~ Fridays, Monthly, 7pm (No film in February)

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

January 25 – COCO (2018)
A vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure as young Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There Miguel uncovers the mysteries behind his family's stories and traditions.

March 29 – ZACHARIAH (1971)
This outrageous western about two thrill-seeking cowboys who set out for adventure and join up with outlaws. But as the two friends are seduced by their own ambitions, a deadly rivalry grows between them, and they struggle to find a path to peace, before they lose their friendship.

April 26 – BREWSTER McCLOUD 1970)
Robert Altman's wild, anarchic cult fave, istn't about dreams as much as it is about the highs and lows of humanity. Ah, Love. The thing that at once shapes and unravels us. The thing that may or may not give us wings.

Ann Arbor Special Events Jan – April 2019


Classic Teachings with GELEK RIMPOCHE

Broadcast Weekly, 11am Eastern

Join us at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor or Online via Webinar

Open to All, Free of Charge

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 Morning Programs

9:45 – 10:45am – White Tara Guided Meditation
11am – 12pm – Gelek Rimpoche 2013 Video Recordings, Demo Rinpoche twice monthly and guest speakers
12pm – Enjoy tea, snacks and conversation or join the Informal Discussion facilitated by JH Senior Students
1 – 4pm – Loving Kindness Crafts – Monthly, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14 – All Welcome

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.