Jewel Heart Netherlands organises meditation and study retreats on a regular basis. They usually take place in the Jewel Heart centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

When our teacher Gelek Rimpoche was alive, he would try to visit the Netherlands twice a year. Now that he has passed, we hope to continue to organize our own retreats and invite teachers to share their knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist subjects.

Teachers who visited Jewel Heart Netherlands recently:

  • April 2017: Chungtsang Rinpoche (from Drepung Loseling's Nyagre Khangtsen in India)
  • October 2016: Dagyab Rinpoche (spiritual leader and founder of Tibet House, Germany)
  • June 2016: Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams (founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California)
  • June 2016: Glenn Mullin (tibetologist, author of Buddhist books and translator of classical Tibetan literature).

Our visiting Buddhist teachers come from various countries but often teach in English. If parts of the programme are in Dutch, we can try to arrange Dutch-English simultaneous translation. Our meditation and practice retreats are often led by English speakers. When retreats are led by Dutch senior sangha members, we may be able to make the retreat bilingual, depending on the number of non-Dutch speakers who want to take part.

Upcoming events are listed below. Please contact Jewel Heart Netherlands if you are interested in participating.

Events with Yangsi Rinpoche: a different way of looking at living and dying

Tuesday June 26: 
Lecture: ‘A different way of looking at sickness and dying'

Difficult circumstances can lead to personal growth and changing one's direction in life. Buddhism has a different outlook on sickness and dying and can show you ways to transform this suffering. Suffering and pain: fate or opportunity?

Venue: Jewel Heart, Hatertseveldweg 284, Nijmegen
Time: 8-10pm
Suggested donation: € 10


Wednesday afternoon June 27:
Workshop: ‘Good ways to live, good ways to die'

The moment of dying is very important in Tibetan buddhism. How can we, at the moment of death, direct our consciousness in the right direction and where do compassion and self compassion fit in? A workshop about meditation and death.

Venue: Jewel Heart, Hatertseveldweg 284, Nijmegen
Time: 2-5 pm
Suggested donation: € 10


Wednesday June 27:
Lecture: ‘How can we support each other in the face of death?’

How can we play a meaningful role in times of sickness and death? How can we support each other during these times- inspired by buddhist wisdom? Why is it that compassion for ourselves is such an important key? An evening to learn more about buddhist ideas with regard to dying and terminal care.

Venue: Jewel Heart, Hatertseveldweg 284, Nijmegen
Time: 8-10 pm
Suggested donation: € 10


Yangsi Rinpoche trained in the traditional Tibetan monastic system in India. In 1995 he graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa. Having the particular wish to benefit Western students, Rinpoche came to the West to teach and travel extensively throughout America and Europe. He founded Maitripa College in 2005 in Portland, Oregon, where Eastern and Western traditions come together.

The events are English spoken with Dutch translation.

Suggested donation for the three events combined: € 25.

Please register by sending an email to the the Secretary.

Next retreat:

Practical information on Vajrayogini Mantra Retreat and Fire Puja, Jewel Heart Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August 2018

From Monday night, 6th until Sunday, 19th of August there will be a Vajrayogini Mantra retreat followed by a fire puja on Saturday, August 25th. This retreat and the fire puja will be guided by Carel Weevers and Ron Twisk, senior students of Gelek Rimpoche.

Contribution to the Costs

- Full retreat August Monday night 6th - Sunday 19th
€ 150 Jewel Heart members, € 100 Students/ low income, € 175 non-members
- Five days retreat Monday night August 6th – Saturday 11th
€ 60 Jewel Heart members, € 40 Students/ low income, € 75 non-members.
- Fire puja Saturday, August 25th  
€ 25 Jewel Heart members, € 15 Students/ low income, € 30 non-members.

Jewel Heart Centre, Hatertseveldweg 284, 6532 XX Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

We can mediate in finding a place for lodging (with Sangha members).

You can register here.