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Cleveland Programs March – April 2015

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Cleveland Programs March – April 2015


Venerable Thubten Chodron to  Speak at Jewel Heart Cleveland

Venerable Thubten Chodron, an American born Buddhist nun, is author of many practical and inspiring books and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Washington state. Her teaching style is accessible, grounded in her extensive training in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and livened by her sense of humor.

Buddhism: One Teacher Many Traditions'    Wednesday, April 15    7-8:30 pm
Ven. Chodron’s most recent book, which she wrote with the Dalai Lama over a period of 15 years, explores the common ground underlying the diverse expressions of the Buddha’s teachings. The authors seek harmony and greater understanding among Buddhist traditions worldwide, illuminating the rich benefits of respectful dialogue and the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and common goals. Ven. Chodron will discuss both the process of writing this book and its contents.

Living with Loss   Thursday, April 16    7-8:30 pm
Loss, one of the most universal of human experiences, is also one of the most painful and difficult. Ven. Chodron will discuss ways in which we can compassionately and wisely help ourselves and others deal with the many different kinds of loss we experience in our lives.

A suggested donation is $20 per evening, but please come even if you cannot afford this and give what you can. If you can afford to give more, please be generous!


New Event! Mala Repair Clinic

Do you have any malas (Buddhist meditation beads) that have come apart? Would you like to learn how to string your own? On Sunday, April 26 from 1-3 pm, stringing materials, tools and instructors will be available to help you make repairs or finish strung beads into malas.
Email Dorothy deeyurkiw at yahoo dot com with any questions or for suggestions on where to buy beads.

Sunday, April 26, 1-3 pm.     No charge; free will donations happily accepted by JH Cleveland



Potluck and general sangha gathering

Come enjoy a delicious meal and spend some quality time with other sangha members. Bring a dish to share – the usual hot drinks, plates, napkins, and cutlery will be provided.
Don’t cook? Don’t worry! Bread and cheese, fruit or purchased salads are always welcome. Also bring ideas, requests, aspirations and dreams for what you would like to see happening in Jewel Heart Cleveland over the next few years.

Sunday, Feb. 22. 12:30-2:00ish.  Come early if you want - the center will be open for Rimpoche’s 11 am broadcast



New Event!  Vajrayana Salon For those with Highest Yoga Tantra initiation.  
Sunday, April 12, 1-2:30 pm


Sunday talks by Gelek Rimpoche

These talks," Sundays with Gelek Rimpoche " are free and open to all.

Gelek Rimpoche  11am - noon (via live video webcast) - weekly

The Cleveland center will not be open for these webcasts except for Sunday, Feb. 22 prior to the potluck.



Jewel Heart Study Program


NEW CLASS:  Introduction to Tibetan Meditation

Although the benefits of meditation are widely recognized, developing and sustaining a meaningful meditation practice can seem daunting. In reality, anyone, Buddhist or not, can learn and use the skills of meditation.

This free eight week class will introduce many types of meditation practices, and will include basic posture and breathing meditation, concentrated meditation, analytical or investigating meditation and visualization. This class will be useful to beginners as well as those with meditation experience who want a refresher. No prior knowledge or experience with meditation is required.

Thursday evenings, beginning April 23, 2015  7:00-8:30 pm   Open to all, free of charge


 Lojong in 8 Verses

Eight verses by the Kadampa master Langri Tangpa reveal profound yet practical methods for developing bodhimind, ultimate, unlimited, unconditioned love and compassion. Gelek Rimpoche explains these verses one by one and provides meditations on both the exchange method of development and tong len. Rimpoche’s transcript, Lojong: Training of the Mind in Eight Verses, provides the material for this new class.
Contact Anne or Susan for more information.

10 Tuesdays, beginning March 3, 7-8:30 pm
The class fee is $100 or free for Jewel Heart members.



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, April 9 & 16   7:30-8:30pm   NOTE: These sessions will be replaced by the above class beginning April 23.



Update!  April Tsohs

We will offer a Lama Chopa Tsoh on Sunday, April 12, from 2:30-3:30 pm, and Sunday, April 26, from 3-4 pm.  All are welcome to attend.


Update! Vajrayogini Self-Initiation Practice with Tsoh

All who have completed a Vajrayogini mantra retreat and fire puja are invited to join group practice of the self-initiation and tsoh on the first Sunday each month from 1-5 pm. These sessions will be in addition to our twice monthly tsohs.
April 5 and May 3 from 1:00-4:30 pm


NEW!  Book Club to meet last Weds of month

On April 26 we will hold the first session of our monthly book club. Join us to discuss dharma books in a fun and informal way. Our first selection is When the Chocolate Runs Out by Lama Yeshe. Please contact Anne  aewarren at sbcglobal dot net if you want a copy reserved, or you can order one yourself from Wisdom Publications.
April 29, 7-8:30 pm      Free and open to all.  Refreshments (chocolate of course!) will be served.
New! Pop Up Photo Show!
Beginning April 13, JH Cleveland will host a pop-up show of Sarah Ralston’s incredible photos of Mongolia from the 2014 Jewel Heart trip.


Cleveland Nitty-Gritty

Jewel Heart Cleveland’s governing counsel meets every two months to discuss the nuts and bolts of running our center. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 pm.  Anyone interested in learning more about how our center functions, or in getting more involved, is welcome to attend this or any of our meetings.


JHCleveland Instructors Meeting  

All instructors/facilitators are invited to attend to discuss possible programs for May through the end of the year.
Tuesday Feb. 24, 5:30-6:30 pm