Jewel Heart International 2017

1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Saturday, July 29 – Saturday, August 5

Open to All

Onsite and via Webinar

Discover a reliable guidance system that can lead you to your highest potential.

This weeklong retreat features twice daily video teachings by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche on Je Tsong Khapa’s “Foundation of All Perfections” – a guide to the path that helps us to overcome obstacles as well as develop joy and understanding as we progress along our spiritual journey.

The program also includes daily guided White Tara morning practice sessions, guided analytical meditations on the Foundation verses,  interactive panel discussions, and Dharma talks by Demo Rinpoche, Dr. Joseph Loizzo and Jewel Heart Instructors Anne Warren and Dr. Anthony King. The Joyful Paradise room will be available for participants for practice and study throughout the retreat. Senior students will also be available to answer practice questions.

Jewel Heart Executive Directors will share a Jewel Heart update at the retreat; an afternoon session will be dedicated to sharing remembrances of Gelek Rimpoche; and Dr. Bento Soares will talk about Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi’s CBCT Foundation Course which will be held at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor November 3 – 5, 2017.

Optional evening sessions include a Sunday writing workshop focused on memoir techniques to assist those considering sharing a vignette, poem or reflection of Rimpoche during the retreat or how an aspect of the dharma has unfolded in life. On Monday evening, a Saikoku Sanjusansho film, talk, Q & A by Lisa Malloy, a Cornell University recipient of an endowment set up in Gelek Rimpoche’s name. There will also be a Jewel Heart Talent Night on Thursday and we anticipate Friday evening offerings of ever hilarious Jewel Heart Skits.


Saturday, July 29

10am – 12noonFinal Check-In
2 – 5pmRetreat Orientation – Demo Rinpoche

Sunday, July 30 – Friday, August 4

8:30 – 9:30amWhite Tara Guided Meditation Sessions
10 – 11amPrayers, Foundation of All Perfections 1994 Video – Gelek Rimpoche
11:15am – 12:30pmModerated Panel Discussion
12:30 – 2pmLunch
2 – 3pmPrayers, Foundation of All Perfections 1994 Video – Gelek Rimpoche
3:15 – 3:45pmGuided Meditation
4 – 5:30pmKeynote and Q & A
5:30 – 7:30 pmDinner
7:30 – 9:30 pmEvening Programs

Saturday, August 5

8:30 – 9:30amWhite Tara Guided Meditation Session
10 -11:30amVajrayana and Foundation of All Perfections – Dr. Joseph Loizzo
12 – pmRetreat Closing – Demo Rinpoche


Saturday, July 29Retreat Orientation – Demo Rinpoche
Sunday, July 30How Firm the Foundation: Deepening Our Lam Rim Practice – Anne Warren
Monday, July 31Jewel Heart Updates – Carole Corcoran and Nancy Jeffries, Executive Directors
Tuesday, August 1Compassion, Neuroscience, and Foundation of All Perfections with Dr. Anthony King
Wednesday, August 2 Demo Rinpoche
Thursday, August 3Remembrances of Gelek Rimpoche – Open Floor with Retreat Participants
Friday, August 4Emptiness and Foundation of all Perfections – Dr. Joseph Loizzo
Saturday, August 510am: Vajrayana and Foundation of all Perfections – Dr. Joseph Loizzo
Saturday, August 512 – ?pm: Retreat Closing – Demo Rinpoche

Evening Programs – Optional

Sunday, July 30Writing Workshop – Sara Michele Williams
Monday, July 31Saikoku Sanjusansho – Film, Talk, Q & A – Lisa Malloy
Tuesday, August 1Open – TBA
Wednesday, August 2Lama Chopa and Tsoh
Thursday, August 3Jewel Heart Skits and  Talent Night plus Writer’s Workshop Readings
Friday, August 4CBCT – Cognitive Based Compassion Training Presentation – Bento Soares

LODGING: You are responsible for your lodging arrangements.

For Local Accommodations, visit: http://www.visitannarbor.org/accommodations/
For Ann Arbor AirBnB, visit: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Ann-Arbor–MI/

Nearby Hotels and Lodging options

–  Inquire about Jewel Heart Discounts at Extended Stays

Extended Stay America Detroit
Ann Arbor – Briarwood Mall – 670
1501 Briarwood Circle Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 – 332 – 1980
Extended Stay America Detroit
Ann Arbor – University South- 4038
3265 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 – 997 – 7623
3764 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
I-94 at exit #177, State St
734 665 9900
1923 Geddes
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734 662 9355
Call early to confirm rates and availability.

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