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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.

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. Recordings of the classes will be available for viewing for 3 days. Please register for the classes using the links below.

As from 4th July the Centre will be open for classes and study programmes (maximum 5 people). If you wish to attend a teaching in person rather than via zoom please contact the Centre before hand to register for a place. You can read our Covid-19 Guidance for Visitors that will explain how we will ensure the centre is a covid secure environment.

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

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. The fee includes access to a recording of the class for 3 days.

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

Rethinking Your Desires. It is rare to find someone who genuinely feels contented but when we have found it we will be happy regardless of our external conditions. Thinking we are already wealthy can free our mind from its many destructive desires.

Wednesday 1 July

Your Best friend and Helper. Faith and respect in a qualified spiritual guide is the foundation for our spiritual life, yet in these modern times this practice is often misunderstood and dismissed. Learn why and how we rely on a spiritual guide to help us grow in confidence.

Saturday 4 July

Im right Your Wrong. A common mantra, but appearances are deceptive and our opinions are unreliable. Understanding this we can learn to be more tolerant and less judgemental.

Wednesday 15 July

The Bodhisattva Vow – How to Benefit Others. The Bodhisattva vow is the promise to practise the 6 perfections in order to increase our power and capacity to benefit others. The day will start with an introduction at 3 pm about how to benefit others and then finish with the granting of the vows at 7 pm. £10.

Saturday 18 th July 3 and 7 pm

Rethinking Relationships. Learn how to cultivate a mind that likes everyone regardless of their external appearance and behaviour.

Wednesday 22 July


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.

A recording of the meditation will be available for viewing for 3 days.


Tuesday 30 June – Stop worrying

Thursday 2 July – Deep Relaxation – Learn how to relax body and mind

Tuesday 7 July – Wisdom Breathing – Mixing breath and mantra to cultivate a good nature

Thursday 9 July – Mental Detox – Meditation on the root consciousness to find exceptional peace of mind and clarity

Tuesday 14 July – Finding Contentment – creating the feeling i have everything I need

Thursday 16 Jully – Boosting Self-Confidence – identify with your better side and boost self confidence.

Tuesday 21 July – That Loving Feeling – how to generate and abide in loving feelings

Thursday 23 July – Less Stress – Letting go of frustration when we can’t get what we want


Modern Buddhism

Sundays 7 – 8.15 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). The fee includes access to a recording of the class for 3 days.

You can down load a free copy of the book at

The following dates are available in June/July:

28 June  5 July  12 July  19 July  

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

Equalizing Self and Others

How can we equalize our love for ourself and love for others? We need to realize that all living beings wish to be happy. From this point of view we are no different from others.

Everyday Meditation

Meditation is not all about sitting. Perhaps even more important is learning to meditate through out the day by integrating meditation into all our daily activities.

The Objects of Meditation

What are the objects we concentrate on in meditation? The are many types but they can be divided into two.

The Power to be Happy

Love & Self-Confidence

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

Give Peace a Chance

6 Practical Ways to Create World Peace

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Watch video teachings given by Kadampa teachers worldwide

Enjoy a Spiritual Break

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

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Heart Jewel Centre, Glenholme, Holme Road, Matlock Bath DE4 3NU Tel. 01629 581585 Email:

A member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union Registered Charity 1124913