13688RE: [Buddhism_101] temple
- May 15, 2014
Depending on your interests, there are several. The one I am familiar with is Jewel Heart in Chicago http://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/chicago/
Jewel Heart is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradition within the context of contemporary life to everyone.
Rimpoche established his first Western teaching center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in 1985. In 1988, Jewel Heart was founded as a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with chapters and study groups throughout the US, in Malaysia and Singapore and the Netherlands.
Affiliated with Nyare Khangtsen of Drepung Loseling Monastery, at one time among the world’s largest monasteries, Jewel Heart carries on the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, with a particular emphasis on the lineage of Je Tsong Khapa.
All Jewel Heart programs are generated under Gelek Rimpoche’s guidance for teachings, retreats, study programs, guest speakers, digital dharma, tsohs and ritual ceremonies and are supported by an extensive audio/video and transcript archive.
Jewel Heart provides opportunities to study and learn at all levels of interest and connection, from introductory meditation and community outreach programs to in-depth study and vajrayana practice.
As a gay tantric Buddhist, I am eager to learn if there is a temple in the Chicago area where there will be those who share my interests.
Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!
I ask to be no other man than the man that I am
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