The Migtsema was originally a mutual praise between Lama Tsongkhapa and his teacher Lama Rendawa. It is now considered a mantra that contains the entire blessings of Tsongkhapa’s tradition and associated with a multitude of visualizations and contemplations. Demo Rinpoche will give a teaching on the Migtsema based on the Ganden Lha Gyema, a guru yoga practice associated with Tsongkhapa.

The retreat will consist of teachings, guided meditations and group practice to accumulate mantras and the collection of blessings associated with it. This is an opportunity for those interested in Vajrayana practice to lay the foundation to accumulate 100,000 Migtsemas, which is highly recommended as a preliminary for tantra studies. For long-term Vajrayana students, retreat offers a way to strengthen and deepen practice by joining others in shared contemplation.

Open to all. No vajrayana initiation is required for this retreat.

Limited sangha lodging available. Contact [email protected]. Reference “Jewel Heart” for discounts at Ann Arbor Kensington and Ann Arbor Even Hotels.

Daily Schedule:

8:30am – 9:30am White Tara Guided Meditations by facilitators (optional)
10:00am – 11:00am Demo Rinpoche Teaching Session
11:30am – 12:30pm Migtsema Mantra Session
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Demo Rinpoche Teaching Session
4:00pm – 6:00pm Migtsema Mantra Session

Additional Schedule:

Monday, February 26 (first day) during lunch break: Guided Ganden Lha Gyema meditation for those new to the practice led by Jewel Heart Instructor Hartmut Sagolla

Wednesday and Friday: optional discussion group at the conclusion of the 2nd mantra session (approximately 5:30pm)


Onsite at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor.
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For questions about registration, contact [email protected].


Access selected Ganden Lha Gyema teachings from The Gelek Rimpoche Archive for free

For context and background of the Ganden Lha Gyema practice, here are links to selected teachings from The Gelek Rimpoche Archive from the 2009 Ganden Lha Gyema workshop Gelek Rimpoche held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Archive login is required. First-time users must also register, which is free. You should also note the Archive contains many other Ganden Lha Gyema teachings Gelek Rimpoche gave over the years but we think this is a good one to use with the retreat. 

First-time Users to The Archive:

Audio and read-along transcripts
Video version

Already registered to The Archive:

Audio and read-along transcripts
Video version


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