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Welcome to Olmo Ling

Olmo Ling is a religious educational non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.

Olmo Ling offers weekly meditation practice and teachings, prayers, meditation instruction and private interviews, and a study program that includes regular retreats with Tempa Dukte Lama and visiting lamas of the Bon tradition.

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Due to the ongoing Covid-2019 epidemic, Olmo Ling is currently offering exclusively online programs. Visit the Olmo Ling teaching and retreat schedule for 2020 to view upcoming programs.

Olmo Ling online store remains operational and is handled by a single individual to avoid risks to others. We are able to ship quickly!


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Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Waters Practice

A free online event with Tempa Dukte Lama, April 4, 10am-12:30pm EST

Sidpa Gyalmo, the healing manifestation of the Great Loving Mother, has been traditionally invoked during times of epidemic illness. Tempa Lama will be offering a 2.5 hour online session dedicated to the Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Waters Practice. This practice is a powerful pathway to reconnect with our innate capacity of healing ourselves and others and to send these healing blessings into a vase of water sitting in front of us during our practice. Tempa Lama will offer the instructions and transmission of the Healing Waters Practice and will then guide us in practicing together.

Please note that this is a different healing practice than the one previously offered on March 21.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Register in advance…

After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with the Zoom link and we will email the handout to all registered participants before the event.

A booklet with a detailed explanation of both the Healing Waters Practice and the Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Practice, the practice texts, and color images of Sidpa Gyalmo and Yeshe Walmo is available from Olmo Ling store.

Given the tremendous interest in the healing practice offered on Saturday 21, we have significantly increased our participant limit and will be able to accommodate everyone this time!

This event is offered free of charge. We would be grateful for a donation to help us maintain Olmo Ling during this time of limited operations. Thank you!

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Thank you for your generosity and may you and your family be healthy and well!


Offering to Tempa Lama:

If you would like to make an offering to Tempa Lama, you can do so here. Thank you for your support!




A Khrid Dzogchen teaching & transmission part II with Tempa Lama

Live streamed via Zoom, Saturday April 18, 9:00am-5pm with lunch break and Sunday April 19, 9:00am-1pm

Tempa Lama will continue offering the transmission and instruction of the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen teachings. For this second Retreat in the A Khrid Cycle, Tempa Lama will focus on giving instructions on spontaneous presence and continuity of meditative absorption without an object. This is also known as “meditation on essential nature” or ngang sgom.

This retreat is for those who have attended the Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Transmission and Practice Year 1 with Tempa Lama (offered in fall 2019, fall 2015, and fall 2013).

Read more and register…



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Evening talks with Tempa Lama: Experiential Transformation through Meditation

Tuesday March 31 and Tuesday April 7 – via Zoom

Please join us for two free evening talks with Tempa Lama on March 31 and April 7 at 7pm EST. Tempa Lama will talk about the experiential ways in which meditation transforms our mind, body and speech and the multiple benefits that meditation brings to our lives. Meditation practice is particularly beneficial during this challenging time to bring peace and stability into our lives and enable us to remain connected with the heart and mind of compassion.

To attend, you will need to download zoom, which is free and the installation is an easy, quick procedure. You do not need a zoom account, simply click on the zoom link to open the live streaming.

Join the evening talk via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 143 923 353.

The evening talks are offered free of charge. We would be grateful for a donation of any amount to help us maintain Olmo Ling during this time of limited operations. Thank you, and may you and your family remain healthy and well!



Monthly Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group – April 5

This month’s meeting is offered via Zoom due to the ongoing Coronavirus closure

Olmo Ling is pleased to announce the start of a monthly Dzogchen practice group. The practice group is offered once a month on a Sunday from 4:30-6:00 pm at Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. This practice group will be led by Bob Marin. Dzogchen is usually translated as the ‘Great Perfection’. Dzogchen is a view and path of spiritual realization that guides us to directly recognize our Buddha nature, that is the qualities and capacities present in all of us that are realized by enlightened beings.

Our sittings will be traditional and non-traditional. Traditional is an overarching to realize the view, meditation and action of Dzogchen. We are blessed to be able to study and practice with the support and guidance of Tempa Lama. Our approach to Dzogchen will reflect the A Khrid Dzogchen as taught by Tempa Lama and the Bon lineage teachers, and may draw on readings from other Dzogchen traditions as well, including teachings by the American-born Lama Surya Das who guided the earlier Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh.

This monthly practice group is open to all and offered free of charge (donations are appreciated). To register or for questions, please contact Bob Marin.



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New book release: Thrul Khor – Ancient Tibetan Bon Yoga

By Tempa Dukte Lama

Olmo Ling Publications, August 2019
Paperback, 272 pp., $23.95

Now available at the Olmo Ling bookstore

Thrul Khor is an ancient Tibetan practice that employs breathing, physical movement, visualization, and deep meditative awareness as a path of harmonizing the body, mind, and energy, and ultimately attaining awakening. In this first comprehensive English-language guide to Bon Thrul Khor, Tempa Dukte Lama offers step-by-step instructions for 85 practices according to the A Khrid, Ma Gyud (Mother Tantra), and Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud cycles of Bon Thrul Khor, supported by 499 photographs. He also explains the benefits of the Thrul Khor practices for our spiritual path and for our physical health and wellbeing.

Thrul Khor works with our mind, body, and energy to support us in stabilizing our understanding. The pure energy of awareness appears in the five colors, the energetic expression of the Five Wisdoms: Wisdom of Emptiness, Mirror-like Wisdom, Wisdom of Equanimity, Wisdom of Discernment, and All-accomplishing Wisdom. The innate essence of the five elements manifests from these five colors. Within the body, the five elements are expressed as flesh, blood, metabolic heat, breath, and mind. When we purify these five aspects through Thrul Khor, we will experience the true essence of the elements, which is the innate luminosity or innate awareness. Ultimately, the rainbow body can be attained.

The book includes the Tsa Lung prayers in English and Tibetan as well as guidelines for an intensive 100-day Thrul Khor retreat.

Order your copy now!



Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha – date to be announced

A new date will be announced once we re-open following the current Coronavirus outbreak

One of the most renowned practices in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon is the making of sand mandalas which represent the impermanence of all things. Although we obviously don’t have time to construct an authentic one in an hour, we will collaborate to construct a nature mandala of seasonal greenery, pebbles, twigs, and seashells in addition to colored sand. After completing this family-friendly community activity, we will brush it away to foster non-attachment.

The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha is offered monthly on Fridays from 6:30-8PM.
Please note that this is a half hour later start time than previous years.

Venue: Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. This program is offered free of charge. We appreciate donations to help us cover material expenses.

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The Friday evening Youth Sangha is a mindful way to end the school week and begin the weekend. This Program is free and open to all ages birth to teens, and newcomers are always warmly welcome. Children over age 5 may be dropped off, although parents generally stay to share this time with their children and fellowship with other families. For children 5 and under, we request that a guardian remain and participate. Gatherings include a snack, meditation, mantras, and an art activity such as calligraphy, music & literature or discussions and service projects.

Although we are based in the Tibetan Bon tradition, we have been expanding activities to include more traditions and Youth Sangha is appropriate for all Buddhists as well as other wisdom traditions. Dharma is for everyone, so please share this invitation with others, especially if you belong to another Sangha! While there is no charge for any of the activities, contributing to the shared snack (all nut & peanut free) is always appreciated and there is a bowl for donations to Olmo Ling right inside the door, but please never let any of those requests be a hindrance to joining us!

Please make sure to RSVP with the Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss at earthmom3@comcast.net to ensure adequate materials are available for class as well as to advise about any food allergies or special accommodations that might benefit your child

Upcoming dates

April 24, 2020



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Recap: visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargyal to Olmo Ling this past summer

We are deeply honored to have hosted His Holiness the 34th Menri Trizin as part of his first world tour. Following the passing of the late 33rd Menri Trizin last fall, Geshe Dawa Dhargyal was determined as the new spiritual head of Bon and Abbot of Menri on January 1, 2018 through an intensive weeklong prayer ritual conducted by Bon nuns and monks from across Asia.

His Holiness offered a public talk Awakening the Heart of Compassion, at the First Unitarian Church, a daylong teaching on the Loving Mother Sherab Jamma at Olmo Ling, and the Mawe Senge wisdom deity empowerment at Olmo Ling. He joined a benefit dinner for the nuns and children at Menri Monastery. His Holiness also visited the Mayor’s office and the Art in the Garden children’s program offered by OMA Pittsburgh.

Read more about His Holiness’ visit in the post-event newsletter and in an article in the Post Gazette.



Monthly Day of Practice: Sunday May 17

The day of meditation is offered each month and is open to all levels of practitioners as well as non-practitioners. The time will be spent in silent meditation. The day is divided into 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute break. You are invited to stay for as long as you desire. You can sit on a cushion, in a chair, stand or any other position that works best for you. The Day of Practice begins at 9am and ends at 4pm.

Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Long are always appreciated.

The next day of practice will be Sunday, May 17.

The Day of Meditation is guided by Olmo Ling chant leader Jim DelBianco. If you have any questions email Jim at sangha@olmoling.org. Please check the website for cancellations.



Other Publications from Olmo Ling

Tempa Lama’s other two books, Inexhaustible Miracles: The Ten Perfections on the Path of Compassionate Beings and The Intimate Mind: Illuminating Emotion and Transformation are available from our online store and from Amazon.

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Journey into Buddhahood

The Five Paths and Ten Stages of Compassionate Beings

By Tempa Dukte Lama
Foreword by H.E. Menri Lopon.

Olmo Ling Publications, September 2013
Paperback 249pp, $18.95

The Journey into Buddhahood is the practice of realizing the true nature of reality. We enter this journey when we first have the thought of helping all beings without distinction.

This is the first time that the Bon teachings on the Paths and Stages of compassionate beings are written in English or any other Western language. This book is like the rain coming at the right time and place. It will be of great benefit to all aspiring beings.
- His Eminence Menri Lopon Rinpoche.

Read more here and order your copy of Journey into Buddhahood from our store here.
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Heart Drop of the Loving Mother

By Tempa Dukte Lama

Olmo Ling Publications, June 2014
Paperback 176pp, $16.95

In Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Tempa Dukte Lama opens the door to the practice of embodying the Great Loving Mother, known in Tibetan Bön as Sherab Jamma, the female Buddha of love and wisdom. The Loving Mother is the mother of all. She is the source of our wisdom and wholesome aspiration. She is the ceaseless source of compassion, skillful means, and power. Through these qualities, the Loving Mother nurtures all beings without hindrance. She is clarity without obstacles. She is the awakened nature of all beings. She is love because she wants all beings to be happy. She is compassion because she wants all beings to be free from suffering. She is presence because she is always there, offering us strength, protection, and clarity.

The Heart Drop of the Loving Mother Practice helps us connect with our primordial capacity to love and care unconditionally for one another and for ourselves. If we take some time for this practice every day, it will deeply transform us.

Order your copy of Heart Drop of the Loving Mother from our store here.