Heart Jewel Centre

Meditation & MIndfulness in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Explore the potential of the mind for inner peace
Heart Jewel Kadampa Buddhist Centre was established in November 2007 by the fully qualified meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It is a registered charity (1124913) aiming to promote meditation and other Buddhist practices in modern society in order to increase happiness and well-being..

Located in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, the Centre provides a peaceful and inspiring environment dedicated to inner and outer peace where anyone can visit, relax and learn about meditation and Buddhism. We also run out-reach classes in Ashbourne, Belper, Wirksworth and Chesterfield.

Promoting happiness and well-being through the application of meditation, mindfulness and modern Buddhism to modern daily life.

All our teachings are taken from the Kadmapa Buddhist Tradition, as presented by the renowned teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Our classes and events are open to everyone ragardless of sex, race and religion. Everyone can benefit from these classes, you don’t have to be a Buddhist.

We emphasise the practical application of meditation and mindfulness in normal daily life.

Our programme offers drop-in classes (ideal for beginners); courses and events; retreats (unguided and guided) and weekend study classes (enrolment required).

There are 8 main programme areas:

  • Introduction to Buddhism (Sutra and Tantra).
  • Meditation & Mindfulness for Beginners.
  • Positive Thinking – boosting and strengthening our good thoughts that increase peace of mind and well-being.
  • Protecting Mental Health – methods to reduce and abandon our negative thoughts and emotions such as anger and anxiety.
  • Transforming Lives – life skills for transforming adversity and stressful situations so as to prevent harm and unhappiness. How to respond wisely and peacefully to all difficulties.
  • Actions for Happiness – building lives around positve actions such as generosity and patience that boost happiness and benefit others.
  • Improving Relationships – building love and compassion in all our relationships, overcoming feelings of lonliness and isolation.
  • In-depth Buddhism – explanation of the complete path to Enlightenment.
The practice of meditation and mindfulness will make the mind peaceful and positive. If our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we shall experience true happiness.

By improving and controlling our mind it is possible to experience a positive mind, without having to depend at all upon external conditions.

The feeling of contentment and well-being will help us cope with the busyness and problems of daily life. We shall naturally feel warm and well disposed towards others, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.

 Up-coming events to end the week on a natural high

Courses & Workshops


Meal Evenings

Kids Club

The Power of Gratitude

5 May 10.30 – 12.00 pm

The quality of being thankful and appreciating the things in life. Use it to boost your happiness and well-being

Healing the Past

Sat 19 May 10 – 1 pm

Learn how to see past events in a realistic and positive way that encourages forgiveness and acceptance.

positive thinking on leaves

Karma, the science of good fortune

Sat 9 June 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15

An introduction to the workings of karma. Conviction in the law of karma will give us the power to create the future we desire.

Living without frustration

Sat 16 June 10.30 – 12.00  pm £6

Learn how to overcome daily frustration and irritation using the power of patience. In this way we will become happier, more relaxed and be able to benefit others.

Full Event Listing (Courses, Meals, Kids Club and Empowerments)

Mindful Living Sat 3 Feb 10 - 1 pm £15
Experience inner peace and inspiration throughout the day by combining meditation with mindfulness. If used correctly, they have the power to transform every moment of our lives. Simple and suitable for everyone. More...

Love Without Pain Sat 10 Feb 10.30 - 12.00 pm £6 Old School Hs. Chapel St. Belper DE56 1AR Learn how to distinguish real love from painful attachment so that we can develop a more unconditional and peaceful love in our close relationships. More...

Be Your Own Doctor Sat 10 Mar 10 - 1 pm £15 Understand clearly the nature and source of all your daily problems and the methods to find freedom now and in the future. The course will end with the granting of the Refuge Vows. Keeping the refuge commitments is the swiftest way to heal your self of all suffering. More...

Basic Buddhism 17 Mar 10 - 1 pm £15
Discover how even the basic teachings in Buddhism can free you from most of your daily problems and ripen your potential for lasting happiness. A practical introduction to Buddhism suitable for everyone. More...

A Life Less Ordinary Sat 7 Apr 10 - 1 pm £15 Go beyond the ordinary and understand the boundless qualities of your mind for peace and compassion. An introduction to Tantric meditation that has the power to dissolve away all your ordinary day to day experiences. Open to everyone. More...

Food for Thought Fri 20 Apr 7.00 - 10.30 pm £15 Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a delicious veg/vegan meal lovingly prepared by members of the community. An ideal opportunity to meet and make new friends. More...

Weekend Away Retreat. A Peaceful Mind, A Peaceful Life Fri 27 - 29 April Madhyamaka KMC, near York. Designed to help us all unwind and discover the power of meditation and mindfulness to create a meaningful peace. Learn also how to maintain that inner peace in normal daily life by transforming everything you meet into a meaningful experience. Previous experience not required. More...

The Power of Gratitude 5 May 10.30 - 12.00 pm £6 The quality of being thankful and appreciative can radically transform your life. It is a skill that can be developed in meditation and then taken into your daily life using mindfulness. Use it to boost your happiness and well-being. More...

Healing the Past Sat 19 May 10 - 1 pm £15 Many of us find it difficult to let go of the hurt from the past, and move on with confidence and hope. Learn how to see past events in a more realistic and positive way that will encourage forgiveness and acceptance. More...

Karma, The Science of Good Fortune Sat 9 Jun 10 - 1 pm £15 An introduction to the workings of karma (actions) and how we can use this understanding to remain calm and relaxed when challenging things happen. Conviction in karma will guide and encourage us to lead a positive life, free from negativity. More...

Living Without Frustration Sat 16 Jun 10.30 - 12 pm £6 Learn how to overcome daily frustration and irritation using the power of patience. In this way we will become happier, more relaxed and be able to benefit those around us. More...

Full Retreat Listing (1 - 5 Days)

Vajrasattva Retreat Saturday 16th December – 20th December A method using mantra to dissolve away all the obstructions in our mind to gaining spiritual understanding and power. Starts with an introduction on Friday 15th December at 7pm. More…

Winter (January) Guided Retreats.
Be Your Own Doctor 3 – 7th Happiness is Easy 10 – 14th Suitable for beginners, these retreats are an ideal opportunity to gain deeper experience of meditations that make the mind clear, peaceful and compassionate. More…

Long Life and Wisdom Retreat (Amitayus) 17-18 Feb In this retreat, we make prayers to Buddha Amitayus for everyone, including our self, to enjoy a long life endowed with good fortune and great wisdom. More…

Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat 21 Feb – 25 Feb This retreat combines the practices of Guru Yoga, which is the gateway to receiving blessings, and Mandala Offerings, which is the gateway to accumulating merit. More…

Refuge Retreat 24 March – 28 March The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma, inner spiritual realizations that protect us from our delusions which are the source of all our suffering; and to Sangha, pure spiritual practitioners who inspire us, show a good example and help us along the spiritual path to inner peace. This retreat will deepen our experience of Buddhist refuge which is the foundation of all spiritual realizations. More…

Nyungnay Purification Weekend 14-15 April  This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta. More…

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No everyone is welcome. These methods are applicable in our daily lives what ever our backgrounds or beliefs
I am a beginner, what is suitable for me?
In general all our classes and events are suitable for beginners. Occasionally, some tantric teachings will only be open to those with previous experience. This will be clearly stated on the event page. The best place to start for complete beginners is our weekly drop-in classes.
Do I need to book in advance?
It is not necessary to book on the weekly drop-in classes, just pay on the door. All events however should be booked on-line or direct with a small deposit. In general unguided retreats are free although it is good to let us know you are coming.
How much does it cost?
Classes are £5 or £6 (depending on venue) and half day events normally £15. The prices are stated on the event page. If you have a Centre Card the costs of classes and events may be covered in the monthly fee. Please ask the centre for details.
Why are classes not free?
We are a not for profit charity. The teachers do not receive payment. Fees are required to cover the costs of room hire etc. Under certain circumstanes concessions may be available.

Free E-Books to get you started

Wisdom & Compassion

Authentic Lineage

Suitable for Everyone

Easy to Practice

Modern Buddhism

Learning to meditate is based on following the instructions of a fully qualifed meditation teacher with a unbroken lineage going all the way back to Buddha. Today we are fortunate to have met such a teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who has presented the teachings in a way the people of this modern world can practise. All the classes we run are based on his teachings. As an act of great kindness he has made available two of his ground breaking books in e-format for free. Please download these today and explore the potential of your mind to produce inner peace. For more information about Modern Buddhism and its founder click here.

Modern Buddhism

Download free ebook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

How to Transform Your Life

Download free ebook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Take Your Meditation to a Deeper Level

Enrol on the sunday study program

Guided Meditations

Practical Study of 6 Books

Freindly Discussion

Close Support

Be Positive Be Happy

We all wish to be positive and feel good inside but why and how can we achieve this on a daily basis?

Love Without Pain – Possible?

Is it possible to have love without pain? If we understand the difference between love and attachment we will understand how to grow our love without increasing the causes of pain. Event is on 10th feb NOT 3rd stated in audio.

Create Your Own Inner Peace

What's wrong with modern daily life and what are the solutions?

Mindful Living – the solution to all our problems?

Introduction to the benefits of mindfulness practice in normal daily life.

What is Positive Living?

We all have a life and if we are lucky we may get to spend over 80 years living out the one we have. An important question we should ask our self is how to live a positive life and how we can make every moment of every day count. Learn how.

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Heart Jewel Centre, Glenholme, Holme Road, Matlock Bath DE4 3NU Tel. 01629 581585 Email: heartjewelcentre@gmail.com

A member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union Registered Charity 1124913