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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.

More about Olmo Ling… or visit the 2019 teaching and retreat schedule.





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Beyond Mindfulness – Suffering and Transformation

With Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday January 19, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 20, 2019, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Mindfulness is the basis of all of Buddha’s teachings. It is the foundation of all the paths of liberation. In this retreat Tempa Lama will offer teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena. Tempa Lama will guide us in exploring the importance of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, how we can develop and stabilize them, and how we can use them as skillful means to transform suffering caused by afflictive emotions.

This retreat is a powerful teaching for practitioners at all levels and anyone looking to transform and heal suffering in their lives.

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With Geshe Nyima Dhondup, abbot of the Bon Dialectic School at Menri

Introductory evening talk: Friday February 15, 7-8:30pm. Weekend teaching: Saturday February 16, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday February 17, 9:30am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

We are honored to be hosting the abbot of the Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery, Geshe Nyima Dhondup Rinpoche here at Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute. In this special weekend retreat, Rinpoche will give a teaching on the secret aspects of the mind from the Dzogchen Oral Tradition of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud. The Dzogchen teachings are the highest teachings of Bon as they reveal the true nature of the mind.

Rinpoche says: Knowing ourselves is wisdom. When the mind becomes our power, we are a true practitioner. The mind is the essence of everything. All bliss is perfected in the stream of our mind. Thus, there is nothing beyond the mind. If we know the secret aspect of the mind, we will truly abide in the Great Bliss. Hence, the inexhaustible bliss of mind and body is experienced and we transcend pain and suffering forever. If we truly wish to see the sunrise of joy, then we need to listen to the ultimate path of Dzogchen.

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Teachings on the Bardo with Tempa Lama in New York

January 26, 10am-5pm, Tibet House, New York

For thousands of years, the Tibetan spiritual traditions have cultivated meditation practices to offer compassionate spiritual support to the dying and prepare ourselves for a peaceful and conscious death. In this daylong workshop, Tempa Dukte Lama will offer teachings on the process of dying and the different stages of Bardo, the transition beginning at the moment of death. The Tibetan word ‘Bardo’ is made up of “Bar” – the between-state where the consciousness has left this body and not yet taken another body; and “Do”– the consciousness that is without the physical support of a coarse body. We will learn about the physical, mental, and energetic shifts that take place during the dying process. We will gain a deeper understanding of our mortality and our potential to transition peacefully with deep awareness. We will explore how we can help the dying person as a compassionate and spiritual friend based on his or her needs.

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Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling with Jim DelBianco – January 27

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.



Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha

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

12/14/18: 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.



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!



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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.