Ann Arbor Programs Jan – April 2020

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Ann Arbor Programs Jan – April 2020


Jewel Heart Ann Arbor ONSITE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice.

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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

LAM RIM: Stages on the Path, Part 4, DEMO RINPOCHE

Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30pm - ONLINE ONLY beginning March 17 until further notice 
January 14, 21, 28, February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14

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

$65/ Members Free - Note: No sessions on February 4 and 11 To register for this course click here.

MINDFULNESS 1: Stability and Insight through Meditation 

Mondays, 7 – 8:30pm
January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 17, March 2 - No session February 10

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

Free - Facilitators: John Madison and Robin Olson


Saturday, January 11 and April 25, 8:30am – 6pm

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.


MINDFULNESS 2: Deepening Awareness through Meditation

Mondays, 7 – 8:30pm
March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

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. While this course is open to all, it is recommended to follow Mindfulness 1.


GOOD LIFE, GOOD DEATH: The Art of Living

Thursdays, 7 – 8:30pm
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21

We long for meaning, for an effective way to bring insight and hear to the ordinary circumstances and the inevitable challenges of our daily lives. On the basis of Gelek Rimpoche’s book Good Life, Good Death we will explore pragmatic methods to bring meaning and joy to our lives.

$80/ Members Free

LETTING GO: Helping ourselves and our loved ones prepare for our passing - POSTPONED

The death and dying process, while difficult to face, is certain reality for us all. In this workshop we will explore compassionate methods to help ease the passage of our loved ones as well as for our own time of transition. The stages of the dying process, as understood in the Tibetan Buddhism, will also be presented. Colleen Retherford will facilitate this workshop.

$30/ Members Free


Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm
Weekly beginning January 8 – no holiday sessions

Jewel Heart Facilitators provide basic guidance for using the breath as the concentrated point of focus.


Mondays, Monthly, 7 – 8:30pm January 13, February 17, March 9, April 13

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. Current selection: The Heart of Meditation by the Dalai Lama. Open to All



Fridays, Monthly, 7pm

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

January 31 – SAMADHI – Maya, The Illusion of the Self, It’s Not What You Think (2017)
Documentary - Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word that points to the transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self-inquiry.

February 28 – THE HEALER (2017)
Discovering he has the gift of healing, a young man is aided in his struggle to understand his gift and the new reality it offers by a teenage girl with terminal cancer.

March 27 – OLD FASHIONED (2014) 
This film is a beautiful, moving, old-fashioned love story, in the true sense of that phrase.

April 24 – THE WISDOM TREE (2013)
In a meditative sci-fi journey, eastern spirituality, ethereal music and sublime art mingle mystically with neuroscience and quantum physics, entwining three lives and deepening a timeless mystery.


Ann Arbor Special Events Jan – April 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.



Awareness of mortality, ours and others, can bring meaning and appreciation to our life now, as well as be helpful for ourselves and others at the time of death. Glenn Mullin will explore living in the face of death and offer helpful methods and meditations that bring new understandings to our life and to death.

Saturday, March 14 - 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday, March 15 - 2:00 - 5:00pm  -  NOTE: Glenn Mullin will give the 11:00am - 12:00pm Sunday morning talk online only.

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Lam Rim will be online only until further notice.Demo Rimpoche - Lam Rim 4