Courses and Events

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.

What to expect on a course or retreat and FAQ

An event can last from 3 (half-day) to 7 (full-day) hours. Each event will have a number of sessions (usually between one and four). These can last from one hour to one and a half hours depending on the course. A typical half-day event for example will include 2 sessions lasting about 75 min for teaching and guided meditation. A full day course will usually have four sessions.

Each event will normally consist of the following elements:

  • Preparatory meditations and contemplations to relax and calm the mind
  • A short teaching and guidance from a teacher
  • A guided meditation based on the teaching
  • Questions and answer session with discussion
  • Practical advice on our to integrate meditation into daily life

There is always plenty of time to relax and enjoy refreshments in between sessions.  Full-day courses include vegetarian lunch.



Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Here are some common questions that people ask about our courses:

Q: What courses and retreats are available?

Our courses and retreats range from beginner level to more advanced levels on subjects from mindfulness & loving kindness to compassion & wisdom. You can see a list of courses offered at Heart Jewel Centre by using the navigation menus above.

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a course?

A: No, our courses are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a course?

A: Generally no, all our events except our Tantric Courses are open to everyone, including complete beginners.

Q: Which events are suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?

A: all our events and retreats are suitable for beginners and those with a lot of experience. Each event is self-contained.

Q: Is food and accommodation included in your courses?

A: Unfortunately accommodation is unavailable. Lunch is provided for all our full-day courses and some of our half-day events.

Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?

A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: Can I sit on a chair or do I have to sit cross legged?

A: Yes, you can sit on a chair! There are also other seating arrangements for those who like to sit on the floor in the traditional cross legged style.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress? 

A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?

A: Yes, all events listed on this website will need to be booked in advance.