Heart Jewel Centre, Holme Road, Matlock Bath DE4 3NU

Fridays 10.30 – 12.00 pm

Classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. During the classes the teacher will explain how to meditate on various virtuous objects that will make the mind calm and peaceful; and how to use the insights gained to overcome our daily problems.

The class runs for an hour and a half. The teacher for this class is Gen Kelsang Chodor, the resident teacher at Heart Jewel Centre. Classes include 2 guided meditations, short talk and discussion.

The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is also no need to book.

Please note the centre is a registered charity and class fees cover only the running costs. Neither the teacher nor assistant receive any payment.

£6 per class (full-time students free of charge).

Details of next classes

Modern Buddhism 


  1. Medicine for the Mind. We need to practice Buddha’s teachings because there is no other real method to solve our human problems. The source of all our problems is our delusions such as attachment and anger. Buddha gave us many objects to contemplate and meditate on because they have the power to reduce and finally eliminate our delusion problems. Only then will we be permanently free from suffering.
  2. The Long View. Buddha has an unequalled understanding of the mind coming from personal experience. Understanding our mind will challenge our normal views of life and death and give us conviction in the existence of future lives and Liberation.
  3. The Science of Faith. For Buddhists, faith in Buddha and his teachings is their spiritual life. It is the root of all spiritual realisations and blessings. Understand why this mental quality is the foundation for all other good qualities and can never lead to negativity.
  4. The Truth about Karma - Karma means action. Buddha taught that all our daily experiences are effects and all our actions are causes. Understanding the relationship between these two gives us great personal power and responsibility. Buddha gave extensive teachings and many examples to help us gain conviction in the law of karma.
  5. The Cyclic Nature of Suffering. Buddha encouraged us to face the reality of our life and understand its causes. We should develop renunciation for this cycle of suffering he called samsara. This determination will open the door to liberation.
  6. Supreme Virtue. I am only one whereas others are countless. Therefore striving to liberate all living beings from suffering is taught by Buddha as the highest virtue.
  7. Just Like Illusions. Buddha’s mind could see deep into the nature of reality. This knowledge of emptiness is superior to any other and the essence of Buddhadharma. Realising how all things are like dreams and illusions will liberate us from pain and suffering permanently.

Modern Buddhism

 8 June Medicine for the Mind

15 June The Long View

22 June The Science of Faith

29 June The Truth about Karma

6 July The Cyclic Nature of Suffering

13 July Supreme Virtue

20 July Just Like Illusions

Inside Health

 7 Sept  Inside Health

14 Sept  Letting Go of Blame

21 Sep Letting Go of Worry

28 Sept Letting Go of Pain

19 Oct Letting Go of Frustration

 26 Oct Letting Go of Regret


Be Your Own Doctor

 9 Nov  The Stresses of Daily Life

16 Nov  Love, Faith and Empathy

23 Nov Understanding Compassion

30 Nov Compassion in Action

7 Dec Taking Away Our Own Suffering

 14 Dec For Family and Friends


Classes are free to Class Card Holders. See Membership Fees

The Teacher Kelsang Chodor
The teacher of this class is Kelsang Chodor. He has been resident teacher at Heart Jewel centre for over three years. As a close disciple of Gehse Kelsang for nearly 20 years, and an ordained monk for 10 years he has a wealth of experience and understanding to share. His goal is to make all the teachings available in a practical way so that people can integrate them into their daily lives.

Centre class