Jewel Heart Cleveland

This profile was last updated in 2006

Research conducted by affiliates at Kent State University led by Dr. David W. Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj in 1999.    

Activities and Schedule

The center holds Buddhist teachings, discussion, biweekly study and practice groups as well as social and cultural events. They celebrate a number of festivals including Je Tsong Khapa Day which attracts about 50 participants and Saga Dawa with about 20 participants. The center also holds potlucks, cultural lectures and weekend retreats. There are no formal activities for children at this point. A national newsletter, From the Heart is published.

History

The center was founded by Gelek Rinpoche, one of the few Tibetan teachers of his generation who is fluent in English. Early on worship took place in various member’s homes. The center is plagued with the problem of fund raising and they are currently looking for a permanent site for the center.

Description

Meetings take place in a room at the Christ Episcopal Church. Discussion or practice groups meet at the church or in people’s homes. Other similar centers in Northern Ohio include Cleveland Buddhist Temple and Great Lakes Buddhist Council keep a list of Buddhist Centers in the area.