Heart Jewel Centre

Meditation & Mindfulness in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Revised Teaching Programme

The advertised teaching programme has been cancelled. Instead we will be streaming live weekly teaching classes lasting one hour and short guided meditation classes lasting 30 min. Please register for the classes using the links below.

All these events are only open to people living in the local area including Chsterfield, Belper and Wirksworth. If you live further afield please visit your local Kadampa Centre’s website. You can find your nearest Centre by visiting https://kadampa.org/centres-modern-buddhism

Our teacher is Gen. Kelsang Chodor. He has been resident teacher at Heart Jewel centre for over 9 years. As a close disciple of Gehse Kelsang for nearly 25 years, and an ordained monk for 15 years he has a wealth of experience and understanding to share. His goal is to make all the teachings available during these critical times so that people can find practical solutions to all their daily problems.

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Practical Solutions to Challenging Times

Wednesdays 7 – 8.15 pm and Saturdays 3 – 4.15 pm £5 (free to Centre Card holders)

These one and quarter hour sessions will include teachings with simple and practical solutions to every day problems. This will be followed by a guided meditation to help us become calm and take the teachings to heart. The sessions will allow for questions and answers at the end. Please register using the links below. Please see our web site if you wish to pay for a monthly Centre Card.

When Are You Happiest? – a closer look at the things that make you truly happy in daily life.

Saturday 30 May

Relying on a Happy Mind – everyday matters so we need to manage low mood and depression.

Wednesday 3 June

Constant Craving – recognize this problem? How to free ourself from all the mental pain caused by uncontrolled desire.

Saturday 6 June

Perfect Refuge – how to create authentic inner refuge in our mind to protect us from our daily problems.

Wednesday 10 June

Learning Not to Retaliate – how to use compassion to overcome our anger and natural tendencies to retaliate to harm by hitting back.

Saturady 13 June

Letting Go of Your Troubles – if we see momentary impermenance all around us we will liberate ourself from all the worries and cravings that normally fill our lives.

Wednesday 17 June

A Life Less Ordinary – a double class explaining the unique meditations Buddha taught in his Tantric teachings.

Saturday 20 June

Protecting Your Relationships  – learn how to practise love and patience in order to keep our relationships from falling apart.

Wednesday 24 June

A Profound Patience – if we understand that nothing is independent but arises from causes and conditions we can develop a very deep and profound experince of patience.

Saturday 27 June

Further titles and dates to follow………………


Free Guided Daily Meditations (ideal for beginners)

Tuesday 12.00 – 12.30 pm  OR Thursday 9.00 – 9.30 pm 

Lunch time and late guided meditations to help you be calm and positive. Discover the inner power in each of us to remain positive and happy during even the most difficult times. A great way to taste meditation and get a feeling for its benefits. Meditation will help overcome daily problems like worry, low mood and feelings of loneliness. No reason not to give it a try.

Thursday 28 may – meditation on compassion for self

Tuesday 2 June – a special breathing meditation

Thursday 4 June – Abiding in your Heart

Tuesday 9 June – Cherishing love for others

Thursday 11 June – Patience of not retaliating

Tuesday 16 June – Letting go of desire

Thursday 18 June – A wise patience

Tuesday 23 June – Taking away others suffering

Thursday 25 June – Making others happy

Tuesday 30 June – Stop worrying


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Children’s meditation.

The streamed class will include guided meditations, a talk and some time at the end for questions 

It is suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years.

Sunday June 7th  10:00 – 11:00am

Sunday June 14th 10:00 – 11.00am

This is a fun and child focused class that will help children engage with meditation. We will first  learn  why we meditate and then have a go. These techniques help children to improve concentration and develop an inner calm. In the first class we will be looking at the kind heart through an understanding of how we are all interconnect in a web of kindness. In the second class we will look at the power of imagination in growing a mind of love.

To register and get more information please click HERE


Prayers for Liberation from Sorrow

Fridays 10.00 – 11.00 am (no fee but feel free to donate to charity)

Praises and requests to the twenty–one Taras. During challenging times we need to turn to our spiritual mother, Tara for refuge. She protects us from all our external and internal dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for spiritual growth, and she guides and inspires us with her powerful blessings. Beginners welcome.

The Prayers will start with a short introduction by our resident teacher, Kelsang Chodor.

The following dates are available in May/June:   29 May  5 June   12 June   19 June   26 June

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On 8th day of each month NKT Centres throughout the world will engage in a very special practice  – 24-hour Tara Chanting.  The Prayers will be streamed from the Kadampa Temple for World Peace at Manjushri KMC, joined by a worldwide virtual community of practitioners. Please visit https://manjushri.org/livestream/tara for more details.



Modern Buddhism

Sundays 7 – 8.00 pm

By developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in daily life, we can transform our lives, improve relationships and look behind the ordinary appearances of this life. In this way we can solve all our daily problems and find lasting inner peace.

Gen. Chodor will explain the essential teachings of Modern Buddhism a book composed by the renowned meditation teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Each class will include a guided meditation and practical advice on how to integrate the teachings into daily life. They are suitable for everyone. Please register using the links below. £5/class  (Classes are free to Centre Card Holders). You can down load a free copy of the book at http://www.emodernbuddhism.com/

The following dates are available in May:

31 May   7 June   14 June   21 June   28 June

To register please click HERE

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

Modern Buddhism

10 Sundays 9 Feb to 21 June 2020

In this inspiring series Gen. Chodor will explain the essential teachings of Modern Buddhism

The Mirror Of Dharma

Saturday 14th March 2020

Inspiring heartfelt advice from the renowned meditation master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, on how to engage successfully in daily meditation and spiritual practice

The Blissful Tantra

28th March 2020

Highest Yoga Tantra is the quick method to fulfil our wish to experience the supreme lasting happiness of enlightenment.

Healing & Hope

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2020

Enjoy a meaningful weekend retreat in the beautiful environment of Tara KMC near Derby.

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.

Free E-Books to get you started

Modern Buddhism

Download free ebook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

How to Transform Your Life

Download free ebook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Join the Sunday Study Programme

Designed to Transform Your Life

A practical study of 6 books with guided meditations and friendly discussion.

The best way to take your meditation to a deeper level.

With close & qualified support

The Power to be Happy

Love & Self-Confidence

Discover the power of love and self-confidence to change our lives for the better

Can Meditation Cure Sickness?

The Happiness – Health Connection

Give Peace a Chance

6 Practical Ways to Create World Peace

Inspirational Kadampa Videos

Watch video teachings given by Kadampa teachers worldwide

Enjoy a Spiritual Break

Fantastic ways to combine a well earned break with relaxation and meditation.

Kadampa Spring Festival

Manjusri KMC, England

Kadampa Summer Festival

Manjushri KMC, England

Kadampa Fall Festivals


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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