Demo Rinpoche - 2022 Summer Retreat - Wheel of Sharp Weapons

Composed by Dharmarakshita, this ancient Indian Buddhist practice of lojong or Mind Training includes powerful methods to cut through self-cherishing and self-grasping and thus remove the obstacles to attaining full enlightenment.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons mind training practice was bestowed on Atisha by one of his gurus of the mind training practices, Dharma Rakshita. Although there are some other mind training teachings of Dharma Rakshita, this mind training is most commonly practiced and well known. The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is easy to understand and very practical in our daily life. This teaching helps us to find faults inside ourselves and then outside, and also provides solutions for them. Many eastern and western practitioners are very happy with this teaching, and this summer retreat will be very interesting and helpful.

View Jewel Heart Reflections video generated by Jenna Wishnek from the 2022 Summer Retreat.

About Demo Rinpoche

Enjoy the Retreat comfortably onsite indoors, OR outdoors in a spacious 20 x 40ft tent where Rinpoche will teach most mornings. Set up includes chairs (socially distanced) and monitor/sound.  (Bring your own cushion, if preferred)

UPDATE – Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony, July 13 – See Retreat Highlights below for details and registration. Please note: Registration, required for those not attending the retreat, closes on Tuesday, July 12 at noon.

Monday – Sunday, July 11 – 17, 2022
Detailed schedule follows

Jewel Heart in-person attendance is subject to Jewel Heart’s policies and are regularly updated based on covid conditions. Please click to read the Self-Health Screen & Safety Confirmation Acknowledgement Form. By your onsite presence, you confirm you have read, understood and will comply with the policies. Proof of vaccination (and booster highly recommended) required at the door.


  • Morning and afternoon teaching sessions by Demo Rinpoche
  • Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony, Wednesday, July 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET. Onsite Outdoors at Jewel Heart Center.
    • Click here for details and to register – Required for non-retreat participants
    • Click here to read a 2004 Gelek Rimpoche transcription excerpt explanation of the ceremony
  • Daily White Tara guided healing meditation, Monday – Sunday mornings
  • Group discussion on the teachings, Monday – Saturday evenings
  • Fun extracurricular activities
    • Guided Lady Niguma Yoga: Tuesday – Saturday (bring your own yoga mat)
    • Guided Bird Watching Tour: Thursday
    • Talent show – Onsite/Online: Saturday, and more
  • Online via Zoom and/or Onsite attendance
  • Registrant access to the session recordings post-live via a personal Jewel Heart Login account. Posted within 24 hours.
  • Click for onsite/in-person Covid policies: Health Screen and Safety Confirmation Acknowledgment Form Highlights:
    • Vaccination (and recommended booster) required for indoor retreat participation in Ann Arbor
    • KN95/N95 masks worn at all times inside the building, with social distancing,
    • No eating or drinking in the building
    • Refrigerator available to keep your meals cold
    • Social distancing outside the building, masks optional, not required.
    • By your indoor presence, you confirm you have read, agree and will comply.

$475/Jewel Heart Members, $550/Non-Members
Pay What You Can – No one turned away

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Registration lets us know you will be attending and provides the zoom link via this web page or the registration confirmation email. Newcomers to Jewel Heart will receive instructions about their account in their registration confirmation email.

Please contact for questions about registration.

For program questions, contact

Jewel Heart Prayer Book

The Practice of the Triumphant Ma – Transcript by Gelek Rimpoche
The Wheel of Sharp Weapons – Transcript by Gelek Rimpoche


Retreat participants (onsite and online) enjoy a 10% Store Discount during the retreat.

To rent folding tables for chairs, small tables for cushions, and backjacks –  Contact,, or call 734 845 7686 Note, limited small tables and backjacks.

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