Heart Jewel CentreThe Home of Lamrim Meditation in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Meditation & Mindfulness
Make Your Own 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.
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.
- 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.
For A Brighter Future
Up-coming events to end the week on a natural high
Courses & Workshops
Full Event Listing (Courses, Meals, Kids Club and Empowerments)
Feel Connected Sat 21 Oct 10 - 1 pm £15 Learn how we are all connected to each other. These feelings of connectedness will become a powerful source of love and inner peace.
Be a Force for World Peace Fri 27 Oct 7 - 10 pm £15 Learn how each one of us can be a force for peace. Enjoy a guided meditation/teaching followed by a sumptuous veg/vegan three course meal. Proceeds will be dedicated to the Kadampa Temples Project (a charity dedicated to building world peace) and HJC.
How to Live A Positive Life Sat 4 Nov 10.30 - 12 pm £6 Learn the best ways to live a full and meaningful life. Evidence shows some surprising ways to promote happiness and well being.
Empowerment of the Healing Buddha Sat 11 Nov 10 - 5 pm £25 Medicine Buddha taught many special methods for healing body and mind. In this empowerment you will receive his special blessings on your mental continuum that will give you the power and understanding to put these precious and rare instructions into practise.
How to Light-Up Your Life Sat 25 Nov 10 - 1 pm £15 Using compassion and the wisdom of Tantric meditation we can transform ourself from a limited self-centred being into a higher being by awakening our pure potential. We will then become a force for good in this world.
Open Day & Meditation for Beginners. Sun 26 Nov 11.00 - 2 pm (By donation. All proceeds will go to the International Temples Project). To celebrate our 10th anniversary Kelsang Chodor will give a basic introduction and guided meditation. This will be followed by a light lunch.
End of Life Meditations Sat 2 Dec 10 - 1 pm £15 According to Buddha, death is not the end of life but the migration of our mind from one life to another. Learn meditations that help us keep a positive mind at the end of life and give us control of the death process.
Festive Meal Fri 8 December 7.00 - 10.30 pm £20 Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a festive veg/vegan meal lovingly prepared by members of the community. An ideal opportunity to meet and make new friends.
Retreats (1 - 5 Days)
Vajrasattva Purification 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.
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.
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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.
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