Heart Jewel Workshops      FALL 2023 - SPRING 2024

Developing a Powerful Daily  Meditation Practice

Daily meditation practice is an essential part of an authentic spiritual life. However, in our busy modern lives, most of us need a powerful daily practice that is also concise and practical. Heart Jewel is such a practice and therefore is exceptionally well-suited for modern Buddhist practitioners.

The daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism is Heart Jewel, which combines special wisdom prayers with meditation for an inner transformative journey that increases our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power.

By practicing Heart Jewel regularly and sincerely, we will make our life extremely meaningful and make steady spiritual progress in daily life! 

Everyone is welcome. Each workshop includes chanted prayers, teaching and guided meditation.

In this series of in-depth workshops we will learn the deeper meaning of Heart Jewel practice and how to experience its many benefits, using the book titled Heart Jewel, by Venerable Geshe Keslang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Workshop 1:  Introduction to Heart Jewel

Saturday, October 21  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Find out how you can deepen your spiritual practice through Heart Jewel, the special condensed daily meditation and prayer practice of Kadampa Buddhism. In this workshop, we will learn:

  • What is Heart Jewel practice?
  • Who is Je Tsongkhapa?
  • The benefits of practicing Heart Jewel

Heart Jewel Book, Preface & Introduction


Workshop 2:  Accumulating Spiritual Wealth

Saturday, November 25  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

External wealth allows us to accomplish many worldly things, and likewise spiritual wealth of merit allows us to accomplish great spiritual realizations. In this workshop, we will learn how to create this inner wealth with Heart Jewel practice:

  • Merit, our spiritual gold
  • What does it mean to accumulate merit?
  • The important practice of the "7 Limbs"

Heart Jewel Book, Chapter: Accumulating Merit


Workshop 3:  Raining Wisdom Blessings

Saturday, December 16  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Pure happiness is the happiness that comes from wisdom in our heart, not from worldly enjoyments. Heart Jewel helps us receive strong wisdom blessings daily. In this workshop we will learn:

  • What are the seven types of wisdom?
  • How to increase our wisdom with Heart Jewel
  • How to increase our realizations of the stages of the path

Heart Jewel Book, Chapter: Receiving Attainments


Heart Jewel Workshops continued in 2024

January 2024

Workshop 4: The Power of the Migtsema Prayer

Date TBD

April 2024

Workshop 7:  How to Rely on Dorje Shugden

Date TBD

February 2024

Workshop 5: Relying on a Dharma Protector

Date TBD

May 2024

Workshop 8: The Meaning of Dorje Shudgen Prayers

Date TBD

March 2024

Workshop 6: The Nature & Function of Dorje Shugden

Date TBD

With Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

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