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Ann Arbor Programs Sept – Dec 2011

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The SONGS OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE are inspirational verses spontaneously composed by the great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist scholar, Je Tsong Khapa. As commentary on the stages of the path to enlightenment, Je Tsong Khapa’s deep understanding and personal experience offers us the opportunity to similarly transform ourselves and how we participate in the world.

GELEK RIMPOCHE will teach these verses over the coming months from both Jewel Heart in Ann Arbor and New York. Among the last generation of incarnate lamas tutored by the great masters of Old Tibet, Rimpoche’s command of western culture allows him to convey the Tibetan Buddhist tradition with wisdom, kindness and wit. Rimpoche is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Jewel Heart.

Saturday, November 5
10am – 12pm, 2 – 5pm


Saturday September 17
10am - 12pm, 2 - 5pm
Your donations and/or Jewel Heart membership are appreciated and help to present, preserve, and distribute Gelek Rimpoche's teachings.





Weekend Teachings with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Saturday, October 29

10am – 12 & 2 – 5pm

Sunday, October 30

2 – 4pm

Dedicated to the complete extinction of all suffering experienced by each and every living being, the ancient sage Shantideva shared Buddha’s revolutionary message of compassion and interrelationship, the true nature of reality.

Eminent scholar and practitioner, Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe, is particularly renowned for his expertise with these profound and transformative topics and will address them within the context of Shantideva’s inspirational text, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is currently a professor of Mool Shastra (Indian Tradition of Buddhist Philosophy)at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India, and is regarded as one of the most eminent scholars of both the Madhyamaka tradition and Indian Buddhist studies. As one of the greatest learned scholars of Drepung Loseling Monastery he facilitated the completion of numerous research works, including a complete translation of Lama Tsongkhapa's ‘Lam rim chen mo’ or ‘Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment’.

$50 – 75 sliding scale – Register in advance by calling 734 994 3387 extension 223

or email

This event is also live video webcast and available at various Jewel Heart Chapters.

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Special Guest Speaker - Lene Handberg

ANCIENT TIBETAN DREAM WISDOM:  Mobilizing the Creativity of the Unconscious

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25

Friday, September 23: 7 – 9pm

Saturday, September 24: 10am – 12pm, 2 – 5pm, 7 – 9pm

Sunday, September 25: 1 – 4pm

Our dreams, rather than non-sensical repetition of daytime experiences, are doorways into the mystery of our own inner realms and opportunities for transformation. Because the dream state is an energy state, it is possible to gain intuitive insight into matters impenetrable from our otherwise materially-bound reality.

As guide and translator through unfamiliar landscapes, Lene Handberg of Copenhagen, Denmark, will present this intensive dream course based on Unity in Duality as developed by her teacher, Tibetan master Tarab Tulku Rinpoche.

Ms. Handberg will introduce the first part of Tibetan Dream Yoga, with methods to recall dreams and gain lucidity in the dream state, enabling students to gain facility in dealing with dreams for the purpose of self-development. These ancient Tibetan dream methods give practitioners powerful tools to directly address underlying emotional and psychological issues manifesting through dream.

Please bring a journal of recent dreams to the workshop.

Cost: $45 – $60 sliding scale

Please register by Monday, September 19.

Contact or  734 994 3387, extension 223.

Questions ~Contact or call 734 994 3387, extension 221 or 224.

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GOM Weekend

December 9 - December 11

Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 9am-8:30pm, Sunday 9am-6pm

GOM, or concentrated meditation, is an essential tool that helps develop peace and joy as well as the power to deeply understand wisdom. This intensive weekendincludes practice session with light guidance. Silence is maintained. Sessions include sitting and walking meditations. Instructors are available for assistance. Please bring brown bag meals and snacks. Tea/Coffee provided.

Donations only

ART OF LIVING - Mondays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, November 7, 14. No meeting October 10 and 31

We long for meaning, for an effective way to bring insight and heart to the ordinary circumstances and inevitable challenges of our daily lives. Following Gelek Rimpoche’s book, Good Life, Good Death, this course will explore pragmatic methods to bring depth, meaning, and joy to our lives.

$80/ Jewel Heart Members – Free



September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3. 

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 open to all, it is recommended to follow Creating Space: Clarity and Insight through Meditation.

$80/ Jewel Heart Members – Free


ODYSSEY TO FREEDOM – SECTIONS 3, 4 & 5  – Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm   

Section 3 – continues September 7, 14, 21. Section 4 – September 28, October 5, 12, 19, November 2. Section 5 – November 9, 16, 23, 30

Gelek Rimpoche created Odyssey to Freedom as an accessible and concise Lam Rim, encompassing the stages of the spiritual path from our current situation, as it is, to full enlightenment. Transcript is available from the Jewel Heart Store.

Section 4 - $50/ Section 5 - $40/ Jewel Heart Members – Free   


SIX SESSION GURU YOGA – Alternating Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm  

Based on Gelek Rimpoche’s Six Session Guru Yoga transcript illuminating the long and short Six Session Guru Yoga, a foundational meditation practice to deepen the understanding of guru yoga and keep vajrayana commitments. Open to those with Vajrayana initiation.

Continues - September 12, 26, October 17, November 7, 21.  


DHARMA DISCUSSION AND DEBATETuesdays, Monthly, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Drawing on the traditional Tibetan Buddhist mode of learning through open debate, you are invited to participate in groups of two to five participants to analytically challenge and deepen your relationship with the Dharma. Join in for free pizza and discussion!

September 27, October 25, November 22. No session in December.


CELEBRATED TSOH DATES and HOLIDAYS6pm unless otherwise indicated

Sunday, September 4 (10), Saturday, September 24 (25), Saturday, October 8 (10), Saturday, September 22, (25) Wednesday, Saturday, November 5 (10), Sunday, November 20, (25), Sunday, December 4 (10), Tuesday, December 20, - Je Tsong Khapa Day, 7pm.


FREE FILMS AND DISCUSSION - Fridays – Monthly, 7:00pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a free film and discussion about dharma and the film.  Concessions are also available.

September 30 – Genghis Blues (Documentary, 1999). Hosted by Tony King. Blind San Francisco Bay Area soul singer Paul Pena teaches himself Tuvan multi-phonic throat-singing via Ham radio, eventually traveling to the tiny Tibetan nation to participate in a singing contest.

October 28  Source Code (Science Fiction Thriller, 2011). Hosted by Rose Jasso. A government project about time & mind with an interesting twist!

November  18 – Updated -- THE BUDDHA (Documentary, 2011).  Hosted by John Schramm. Hear insights into the ancient narrative of the Budhha's life by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama

December 16 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL  (1938)  Hosted by Colleen Retherford. Charles Dickens’ story of how the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s dream life awakens him to how he has been living life and how he can choose differently.


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

Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly.

September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13.


KNITTING SOCIAL – Sundays, Monthly, 1 – 4pm 

All are invited to this monthly Sangha Council social gathering. Loving Kindness Knitting & Crafts includes all crafts, arts and handiwork. Bring your current project(s) if you have one or join our Squares project. We have lots of yarn to go around.

Donations Accepted.

September 11, October 2, November 6, December 3.

Sundays September – December 2011



September 4, 10am – 12:30pm - Amitayus Long Life Empowerment  

Buddha Amitayus is the embodiment of the enlightened qualities of long life and good fortune. Through this empowerment we build and strengthen the connection between our own pure nature and enlightened compassion and wisdom, the source of all goodness.

October 2 – What is Enlightenment?

Recognition and appreciation of the qualities of enlightenment informs our spiritual goals.

November 6 – Targeting the Enemy Within

Targeting our habitual reliance on negative emotions, we are empowered to clear important obstacles to our happiness.

Rimpoche’s Sunday Morning Talks are also available on live video webcast. To subscribe, please visit

We invite you to also join us for either or both of the following meditation sessions:

8:45 – 9:45am Concentrated Meditation in Tara’s Paradise Room. Note: no White Tara session on September 4.

11:30am – 12:30pm White Tara Guided Meditation in the Joyful Paradise Room. Note: no White Tara session on September 4.



Join us for a taste of Buddhism through meditations, introductory talks on contemporary issues and tea and cookies.

8:45 – 9:45am - Concentrated Meditation in Tara’s Paradise Room

10 – 11am Sunday Morning Talk

11 – 11:30am - Tea, Cookies, Conversation in Dining Room

11:30am – 12:30pm - White Tara Meditation in Main Hall


September 11 - Ethical Living - Sandy Finkel (live video webcast)

Being true to our commitments to our self and others is the cornerstone of a meaningful life.

September 18 - Difficult People, Difficult Times and the Courage of Love - Kathleen Ivanoff

Deeply understanding what love truly is broadens our view when relating to difficult people and difficult times.

September 25 –Taking the Reins: Living Authentically with Guest Speaker – Lene  Handberg (live video webcast)

Based upon the Unity in Duality approach, Lene Handberg will explore the interrelated nature of life, placing the reins for an authentic life into our own hands.

October 9 - Open to Change - Sandy Finkel (live video webcast)

Joyful participation in life is guided by genuine openness to the impermanent nature of life.

October 16 - The Selfless Self - Hartmut Sagolia

Exploring the distinction between a naturally present self and an exaggerated permanent self targets the source of our confusion about life.

October 23 – Welcome to Jewel Heart

Seeing Ourselves Clearly - Tony King

Reflections grounded in both clarity and honesty can help us see both our potential and our limitations with the same loving care. This morning will be a talk inspired by Tibetan Buddhism and a special presentation with Q & A about Gelek Rimpoche, Jewel Heart and how to become involved and tea/cookies. Please note: Both Concentrated Meditation and White Tara Meditation will be offered from 8:45 – 9:45am today.

October 30 - Cultivating Compassion - Geshe Yeshe Thapkhe

To cultivate compassion for others, we draw from the love and compassion we have developed for ourselves.

November 13 - Meditation - Fully Present to Life - Supa Corner

Alert and mindful reflection on how we live our life will bring about spacious presence, informed by clarity and care.

November 20 - Loving Kindness in Daily Life Sandy Finkel (live video webcast)

Day by day, we can choose to benefit ourselves by benefitting others.

November 27 - On Equal Ground with James Jorah

Equanimity brings us into positive relationship with all we meet.

December 4 - Why Talk about Suffering? - Eric DeVos

The heart of compassion, intimate with suffering, moves towards relief and release.

December 11 - Busy Laziness - Chris Branson

Rich opportunities for happiness are often overlooked by a busy life dedicated to lesser priorities.

December 18 – The Power of Imagination and the Tantric Path - Hartmut Sagolla (live video webcast)

Fully envisioning the positive qualities we seek, we bring them to heart and into the present moment.


SUNDAY AFTERNOONS  with WU STYLE TAI CHI,4:00 – 5:30pm   No class on Aug 28, Sept 4 or Dec 25 Suggested donation: $5


Learn meditation in motion with this "soft style" martial art, emphasizing relaxation and balance with Marilyn Feingold.