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Cleveland Programs July – August 2015

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Cleveland Programs July – August 2015

Jewel Heart Study Program

New class:

Introduction to Vajrayana

Based on Gelek Rimpoche’s transcript of teachings given at Garrison, this class will offer a brief yet comprehensive overview of the basic framework of tantric practice, outlining the stages of the tantric path from taking initiation up to the ultimate union of the enlightened state. The prerequisite for this class is at least a year-long class in lam rim (for example Odyssey to Freedom, or Rimpoche’s long lam rim).

If you need a printed or downloadable copy of the transcript, please contact Anne. Downloadable copies are not currently available but may be by the first class.

11 Tuesdays, beginning July 14, 7-8:30 pm
Instructor: Anne Warren 

Concentrated meditation practice evenings  

This free weekly practice session offers Q&A or brief meditation instruction at 7:30 pm and two silent sittings from 7:30-8:30 pm. Beginners are welcome.
Led by Mike Sherman and others

Thursdays,  beginning August 6,  7:30-8:30pm

July and August Tsohs

We hold Tsoh offering ceremonies about twice a month, on or near the 10th and 25th by the lunar calendar. All are welcome to attend the Lama Chopa Tsohs, which will be chanted mostly in English with just a few tunes in Tibetan.

July 5 (Sunday): Vajrayogini self-initiation and tsoh 1-4:30 pm
July 11 (Saturday):  Vajrayogini  1 pm
July 26 (Sunday): Lama Chopa 1 pm
August 9 (Sunday):  Vajrayogini 1 pm
August 16  (Sunday): Vajrayogini self-initiation & tsoh 1-4:30 pm
August 24 (Monday): Lama Chopa 7pm
Sept. 6 (Sunday): Vajrayogini self-initiation & tsoh 1-4:30pm

Final Wednesday Readers

House of the Turquoise Roof

Our next book club session will meet in August to give everyone a chance to purchase or borrow and read our selection House of the Turquoise Roof. In this autobiography, Mrs. Dorje Yutok, a distant relative of Rimpoche’s, reveals the pre-Chinese takeover life of the Lhasa aristocracy in what Rimpoche calls ‘good old Tibet.’ Attendees can also view photos taken by Rimpoche’s father, the previous Demo Tulku, in the 1940’s and 50’s.

August 26, 7-8:30 pm      Free and open to all.  Refreshments, possibly Tibetan, will be served

Vajrayana Salons

This informal discussion group is for those with Highest Yoga Tantra initiation only. It is a chance for us to relax and discuss our practice with its difficulties and delights and whatever other topics we choose in a group of supportive sangha friends.

Sunday, July 12, 1-2:30 pm
Sunday, August 9, 1-2;30 pm

Vajrayogini Self-Initiation Practice

Limited to those who have completed a Vajrayogini retreat with fire puja. Please bring your red Vajrayogini practice book and ritual implements.

Sunday, July 5, 1-4:30 pm
Sunday, August 16, 1-4:30 pm  NOTE: This session is switched from the 1st Sunday because of Rimpoche’s visit.
Sunday, September 6, 1-4:30 pm

Vajrayogini Self-Initiation Practice Workshop  Watch future newsletter or emails for the date and time of this workshop.


Cleveland Special Events July – August 2015

Jewel Heart Special Event

New Date!

A teaching on Chapter 10 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,

11-1 PM AND 2-4 PM


2670 W14th Street, Tremont
Cleveland, Ohio 44121

Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life is one of the most beloved and inspiring spiritual works of all time. In poetic stanzas, Shantideva illuminates the ultimate altruistic mind of a bodhisattva, its tremendous benefits, and how we can develop and maintain it. In this two- session teaching on Chapter 10, Rimpoche will cover Shantideva’s dedication wishes and prayers for all beings, which inspire us to dedicate our every action and experience in the same way, for the ultimate benefit of all.

Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche was recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of four. Carefully tutored from an early age by some of Tibet’s greatest living masters, Rimpoche gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgment and penetrating insight. Among the last generation of lamas educated in Drepung Monastery before the Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet, Gelek Rimpoche was forced to flee to India in 1959. In the late 1970’s Rimpoche was directed to teach Western students by his teachers, the Senior and Junior Masters to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since that time he has taught Buddhist practitioners around the world.

Rimpoche is particularly distinguished for his thorough familiarity with modern culture, and special effectiveness as a teacher of Western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as his fluency in idiomatic American English. Rimpoche is a U.S. citizen and lives in Michigan.

To Register for August 8th Webinar attendance, go to
or use the Webinar ID: 112-495-435Please join us at the center for Rimpoche’s Sunday talk,
August 9, 11-12 noon.
It will be webcast from Jewel Heart Cleveland.
To attend via webinar/webcast go to

It is beneficial to make an offering when attending a teaching. Please give what you are able, and it will be used to support the continuation of Rimpoche’s teachings.