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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The Olmo Ling teaching and retreat schedule for 2020 is now online!

Evening talk & meditation with Jim DelBianco, Tues. February 25: The Loving Mother – visualization-mantra-meditation

Tempa Lama is on personal retreat for the first time in many years through the end of February. During his absence, senior students will be offering the weekly Tuesday evening talks. On Tuesday February 25, Olmo Ling chant leader will lead us in meditating on Sherab Jamma, the Great Loving Mother of Wisdom.

Tuesday March 3: Welcome back to Tempa Lama

Join us in welcoming back Tempa Lama!

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

The Tuesday evening talk and meditation is open to all and offered free of charge. There is no pre-registration needed – just join us! Donations are gratefully accepted.

Sidpa Gyalmo Protector and Healing Retreat

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Geshe Chhembel Gurung, March 6-8, 2020

Join us to experience the healing power and blessings of the ancient Tibetan healing practice of Sidpa Gyalmo and Yeshe Walmo with Tempa Lama. Sidpa Gyalmo is the chief protector of the Bon tradition. She is the fierce manifestation of the Great Loving Mother, and Yeshe Walmo is the healing manifestation. Sidpa Gyalmo embodies skillful means and transformation through the unification of awakened wisdom and compassion.

Tempa Lama will offer the transmission of the invocation of Sidpa Gyalmo and Yeshe Walmo and the Sidpa Gyalmo healing meditation practice. He will offer instructions on how we can use this powerful practice to reconnect with our innate capacity of healing and to heal our body and mind and help others heal. The healing practice of Sidpa Gyalmo encompasses the physical, emotional and mental dimensions of healing. It helps us clear both physical illness and heal our mind and feelings.

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Contemplative Workshop on Being with Dying

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Amy DeGurian, MSW, March 20, 2020
University of Pittsburgh – 117 Victoria Hall (Nursing School), 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. 7 hours of continuing education credits for LSW, LCSW, LPC, and LMFT. Pending approval, we may also be able to provide CE credits for psychologists – please check this website for updates

Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute offers a series of workshops on contemplative practices to support the dying and prepare for a peaceful and conscious death. The series integrates clinical practice with teachings and practices from the Tibetan spiritual traditions.

This first workshop in the Being with Dying series will introduce the teachings of the Tibetan Bon tradition on compassionate care for the dying and preparing for a conscious death. Participants will learn how to help the dying person develop openness and trust toward the process of dying and let go of fear and attachments through the contemplative practice called Ngo Trod in Tibetan. Contemplations, lecture and discussion will be used to look more deeply into the meaning of mortality and impermanence and the shifts taking place during the dying process.

The afternoon session will provide participants with an opportunity to further understand the idea of providing compassionate companioning to those who are dying.

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Bon Soul Retrieval Ritual

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Geshe Chhembel Gurung, March 28, 2020

Join us for the powerful ancient Bon ritual of soul retrieval that is rarely offered in the West. This ritual is for anyone looking to restore, heal and nurture the strength and vibrancy of the soul and life force.

The soul is the pure strength of the internal elements. Its primary function is to support and nurture the connection between our life force and lifespan. The second function is that it strengthens and nurtures the relationship between the physical body and the mind. The soul abides in the mind, and the mind abides in the body. When the soul is weakened, this affects the relationship between our life force and life span and the relationship between the physical body and the mind. When the soul and the life force are weakened or disturbed, we as individuals become vulnerable toward physical, mental, and emotional misfortunes. In some cases, untimely death or major disturbances in different aspects of our life situation can occur. Thus, the Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab taught and implemented a powerful Bon ritual called bLa bsLu ‘Chi bsLu. This ritual has the power to retrieve and heal our soul and life force through ritual and the power of meditative absorption, prayers, mantras, and visualization. Since the time of its teaching, this precious ritual has flourished and has been practiced for thousands of years until now, benefiting countless beings.

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Transcending the Self Through Purifying the Eight Consciousnesses

With Tempa Dukte Lama, Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

Saturday, April 4, 9:30am-5:30pm

This daylong teaching will explore the nature of consciousness and the development of pure perception according to the Bon teachings. According to the Bon and Buddhist teachings, consciousness consists of eight consciousnesses: the six sense consciousnesses, the deluded mind consciousness, and the fundamental base consciousness. The base consciousness is the source of everything. It has the seeds of both liberation and delusion, happiness and unhappiness. Which of these seeds germinates depends on the conditions we come into contact with. Through our practice we can transform these secondary conditions. Pure perception is free from grasping at dualistic phenomena. It is free from the division of our experience into a subject that apprehends the object and either grasps or rejects it, and an object that is perceived as either pleasant or unpleasant. We will explore how to develop the qualities that enable us to have pure perception.

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With Tempa Dukte Lama, September 21 through October 13, 2020

Tempa Lama will be offering a 22-day pilgrimage from his home valley of Humla, Nepal, to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarowar in Tibet. Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred places on Earth. In the Bon tradition, Mount Kailash is viewed as the center of the universe. It is the soul mountain for the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung, where Bon originated. Mount Kailash is the citadel of the celestial deity Gekhöd, the patron deity of Zhang-Zhung. The area surrounding this sacred mountain is home to many Bon yogis and yoginis who live in long-term retreat. We will complete the ritual circumambulation of Mount Kailash and then continue onward to the original Menri Monastery, Yungdrung Ling Monastery, and sacred sites in Tibet’s capital Lhasa including the Potala, the Jokhang, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and Norbulinkha Palace.

The pilgrimage trip will include daily teachings, meditation, and Bon rituals with Tempa Lama.

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Generating the Heart and Mind of Compassion – a Humla Fund benefit with Tempa Dukte Lama

Sruti Yoga Center, 268 Main Street, STE B, Great Barrington, MA
Saturday, April 25, 10am-5:30pm

Cultivating the heart and mind of compassion is the heart drop of the Buddha’s teaching. It is the most fundamental and essential practice in Bon. The heart and mind of compassion is the basis for our development on the Path of Liberation.This mind is the aspiration to attain full awakening in order to help all beings, independent of whether we encounter difficulties or ease in our lives. Tempa Lama will explain the central role of the heart and mind of compassion and how we can cultivate and sustain it in our lives.

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Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha – February 21

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.


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


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!

Monthly Day of Practice: Sunday February 23

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.


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 Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group

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).

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.


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.

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.