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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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Fall schedule – Tuesday evening meditation & talks

Upcoming meditation and evening talk, Tuesday October 16: “Emptiness?” with Soto Zen priest Catherine Gammon

Please join us this fall for a series of inspiring evening talks and meditation at Olmo Ling. Tempa Lama has requested Soto Zen priest Catherine Gammon as well as his senior students to offer evening talks while he is traveling in Asia. In September, Tempa Lama will attend the enthronement of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin, the new spiritual head of the Bon tradition, at Menri Monastery, India. Later he will accompany the annual medical service trip of Humla Fund and launch the new medical clinic in Humla built by Humla Fund.

This Tuesday, Zen priest Catherine Gammon will be offering a teaching. We hope you can join us! Catherine is a fiction writer and a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She has trained for twelve years in residence at San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). Previously, Catherine taught on the MFA faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Her novel Sorrow (2013) was a final nominee for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991 by Mercury House, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Since serving as Shuso at Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm in 2010, Catherine has given teachings in Zen and writing in the U.K., in Brooklyn, in Pittsburgh, in Massachusetts, and at SFZC’s Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

The Tuesday evening talk & meditation is part of our regular weekly schedule that is offered free of charge. Donations are gratefully received. Everyone is welcome – no pre-registration needed. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please join us this week!

  • Tuesday October 16: “Emptiness?” with Soto Zen priest Catherine Gammon
  • Tuesday October 23: Silent meditation practice with Jim DelBianco and Iris Grossmann
  • Tuesday October 30: “Dissolving the Conceptual Karmic Body” with Stan Perelman, PhD

Time and venue: Tuesdays, 7-8:15pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217



Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha resumes on October 19

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

10/19/18: Our theme this time will be the inherent goodness of all people, our Buddha Nature, as represented by the lotus flower which rises from the mud of it’s roots to represent primordial purity. This is a metaphor even children can understand to represent non-judgement of others and growing to be their best selves. We will sculpt lotus tealight flowers to take home as a visual focus objects for future meditations.

11/16/18: We will revisit Tibetan Prayer Flags at this session including talking about the color symbolism, natural elements and compass directions each represents. We will make paper prayer flag garlands for indoor use at our own homes and hang a fabric one printed at a previous Youth Sangha meeting outside to send our good wishes out to all beings the wind reaches.

12/14/18: One of the most renowned practices in Tibetan Buddhism 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.



Tibetan Thrul Khor Yoga Retreat – Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud transmission

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Geshe Chhembel Gurung

Saturday November 17, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday November 18, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

Join us for a special weekend Workshop on the ancient Tibetan Yoga practice of Thrul Khor. Thrul Khor means “the magical wheel” or “wheel of miracles”. Tempa Lama and Geshe Chhembel Gurung will teach and give instructions from the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud transmission of Thrul Khor.

Thrul Khor practice is the training of harmonizing our body, mind and energy by clearing obstacles and blockages of our energy and our mental clarity. Thrul Khor utilizes gentle physical movement, breathing and visualization to clear our mind so that we can abide in natural clarity and insight. Through this yogic practice we can transform conditioning that causes disturbances and imbalances in the three humors of wind, bile and phlegm and thus maintain a healthy body.

We will learn practices of the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud transmission of Thrul Khor. No prior experience or yoga practice is necessary.

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Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Meditation Retreat with Tempa Dukte Lama

Fri. November 9, 2018 at 10am through Sunday November 11 at 2pm, Boswell, PA
Registration closes Sunday November 4, 11pm

This retreat is for those who have previously received A Khrid Dzogchen teachings from Tempa Lama or another Bon lama.

Join us for this special practice retreat on the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen, guided by Tempa Dukte Lama. This retreat is a special opportunity to spend three days in meditation to work on directly recognizing the mind’s innate purity and stabilizing this recognition. Tempa Lama will initially review the Dzogchen meditation instructions. Thereafter participants will focus deeply on their practice as a group. Tempa Lama will also offer individual meetings to discuss your practice.

The Bon Dzogchen teachings are the highest teachings of Bon as they offer a means to directly recognize the true nature of the mind and further attain stabilization of this recognition. The A Khrid lineage of Dzogchen has been transmitted without interruption from master to student over many centuries, dating back from His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin (who gave this teaching to Tempa Lama) to Tonpa Shenrab, the Awakened One who is the founder of Bon.

To support our practice, the retreat will be held in the peaceful and tranquil settings of Sequanota Center on 395 acres of forested land with many streams and creeks, located in the Laurel Highlands in Boswell, PA about 90 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh. The retreat is held in the “Enrichment Center” where we will also be staying and enjoying our meals. We will be the sole occupants of the Enrichment Center, allowing us to immerse ourselves deeply into the retreat experience. The Enrichment Center is directly next to extensive forests with ample wildlife, silence, creeks, and bird-song.

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Donate to receive a signed copy of our new poetry book ‘The Joy of Being Alive’

20% of donations will support the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund

We are excited to be publishing our first poetry book The Joy of Being Alive with poems by Humli poet Sangram Lama. Sangram is a native of the Himalayan Humla Valley in Nepal. Till this day, Humla is secluded from the rest of the world with limited access to amenities and education. We hope that Sangram’s dedication to writing and publishing his poems will inspire the young generation in Humla. You can donate online here to support the release of The Joy of Being Alive. 20% of all donations will help children in Humla receive an education through the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund. In addition, any donor giving at least $25 will receive a free signed copy of The Joy of Being Alive!

We will mail your copy to the billing address associated with the donation – if you would like it sent to a different address or would like to gift your book to a friend, just email us the name and address! If you have made a larger donation and would like to receive additional copies (sent to yourself or friends), just email us at bon@olmoling.org.

You can donate securely online below or send a check marked “Joy of Being Alive” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support!



The 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program is now online

We invite you to view the 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program which is now online! Our 2018 program is tailored to address the needs of both newer community members and more senior students. The offering for newer community members includes daylong retreats on meditation and on the symbols and iconography of the Bon tradition, as well as a Ngondro retreat. Everyone including senior students will benefit from retreats offering the teaching and transmission of Chod, Phowa practice, as well as a retreat on Dzogchen and Shikantaza with Tempa Lama and Zen priest Catherine Gammon. Tempa Lama’s expanded travel schedule with teachings in New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, as well as international teachings in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium will help our wider community stay in touch.

Tempa Lama will also offer the teaching and transmission of the Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Part I at Alma Yoga in Hancock, NY, and will guide a 3-day Dzogchen meditation retreat in November in the Laurel Highlands.



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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.

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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.

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.

New Sangha Corner on Olmo Ling Website

Engagements, weddings, births, anniversaries, illnesses, deaths, in business, starting a business, needing prayers, something for sale, looking to buy something in particular or just something that you would like to share with your fellow Sangha members.

We have created a new place on the web site where we can inform everyone about what is “happening now”. But, in order to do this we need to hear from you. Send your “happenings” to Jim DelBianco and Susan Wagner at sangha@olmoling.org.



Sunday October 28 – Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling with Jim DelBianco

The Day of Meditation and Practice is offered each month and is open to all. The temple will be open from 9 am until 4 pm. Lunch break from 12:30 until 2:00. Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Ling are always appreciated.

If you have any questions contact Jim DelBianco at delbiancojim@gmail.com. Please check the website for possible cancellations.