Heart Jewel Centre

Meditation & MIndfulness in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Modern Buddhism



A new way of living - rooms available for rent

About Us
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.

Our Approach
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 and Benefits
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

The Origins of Unhappiness

Sat 3 Nov 10.30 – 12.00 pm

Understand what makes us unhappy so that we can cure our self of the causes of unhappiness in our mind

The Supreme Doctor

Sat 17 Nov 10 – 5 pm

Receive the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and awaken your potential for permanent liberation from sickness and delusions.

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The Principles of a Meaningful Life

Sat 24 Nov 10 – 1 pm

Learn what are the 3 principle foundations for a meaningful life and how to apply them to everyday life.

The Heart of Meditation

Sat 8 Dec 10 – 1pm

Learn how to get the most from our meditations by integrating them into a daily ritual prayer or sadhana.

Food for Thought

Fri 14 Dec 7 – 10.30 pm

Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a delicious meal and the opportunity to meet our growing community of friends and meditators.

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Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Sun 16 – 20 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 Saturday 15th December at 7pm.

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

The Benefits of Meditation. Sat 8 Sept 10.00 - 1 pm £15 We are all searching for happiness and trying to stop our problems, unfortunately any happiness is short lived. If we sincerely practise meditation however we will find a natural source of lasting happiness and refuge within. Beginners welcome. Learn More...

Letting Go of Stress. Sat 29 Sept 10.00 - 1.00pm £15 Stress has become a major problem in our lives. It arises because we lack the inner qualities such as resilience which give us the power to deal with adversity with a positive mind. Learn why some people have the capacity to face difficulties with a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more...

How to Meditate. Sat 13 Oct 10.30 - 12.00. £6 A short workshop designed to give your practical experience of two simple meditations. Ideal for complete beginners or those who want to refresh there understanding. Learn more...

Living With Mindfulness Sat 20 Oct 10.30 - 12.00 £6. How can we integrate our meditation and good intentions into daily life. Using the power of mindfulness we will be able to build the causes of inner peace and happiness in our mind. Learn more...

Weekend Away Retreat at Tara KMC, Etwall.  Fri 26-28 Oct. The Best Ways to Stay Calm. We all face adversity in life. At such times it’s quite normal to lose our calm and our ability to manage the situation skilfully. Learn methods to keep your cool when others are losing theirs. Beginners welcome. Learn more...

The Origins of Unhappiness. Sat 3 Nov 10.30 - 12.00 £6 Understand what are the principal inner causes of unhappiness in your life. This understanding will give you the power to control your mind and find lasting inner peace. Learn more...

The Supreme Doctor. The Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni. Sat 17 Nov 10 - 5 pm £30. Buddha’s teachings are the supreme medicine that permanently cures both physical sickness and the sickness of delusions. Receive the blessings of Buddha and awaken your potential for permanent liberation. Learn more...

The Principles of a Meaningful Life. 24 Nov 10.00- 1.00pm £15. Buddha taught that there are three principle foundations for a meaningful life. Learn what they are and how to integrate them into your daily life so that it will bring great meaning and benefit. Learn more...

The Heart of Meditation. Sat 8 Dec 10.00 - 1.00pm £15 Meditation is the method to make the mind calm and peaceful. Results depend upon combining our meditation with a prayer booklet or sadhana -  a method for accomplishing results. Receive a commentary to the sadhana most suitable for beginners called ‘Prayers for Meditation’. Learn more...

Celebration Food For Thought - Meditation & Meal Evening. Fri 14 Dec 7.00 - 10.30pm £20 Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a delicious veg/vegan meal. An ideal opportunity to meet our growing community and help raise funds for the future. Learn more...

Full Retreat Listing (1 - 5 Days)
Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat Saturday 25 August – Sunday 26 August. Introductory talk (recommended to those who have not attended this retreat before) on Wed 22 August at 7 pm

The principle aim of this retreat is to collect powerful positive energy or merit to energize our mind and to increase our good qualities. We do this by making Mandala offerings, where we imagine offering a pure universe to all the enlightened beings. We also create the conditions to receive powerful blessings from all the enlightened beings through reciting special verses dedicated to Je Tsongkhapa and our Spiritual Guide. Learn more…

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat Sunday 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 Saturday 15th December at 7pm. Learn 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.

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Modern Buddhism

To meditate we need to rely upon the instructions of a fully qualified 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 worked tirelessly to present the teachings in a way people of the 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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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