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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.





Evening talk with Tempa Lama, Tuesday April 23

The Tuesday evening talk and meditation at Olmo Ling is offered free of charge, all are welcome!



Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Retreat with Tempa Lama

April 26-27, North Chapel Unitarian Universalist Church, Woodstock, VT

Join us to experience the healing power and blessings of the ancient Tibetan healing meditation of Sidpa Gyalmo with Tempa Lama. Sidpa Gyalmo is the chief protector of the Bon tradition and the healing manifestation of the Great Loving Mother. Tempa Lama will offer the transmission of the Sidpa Gyalmo healing meditation practice to connect us with the blessing of this practice. He will then offer instructions on how we can use it to heal our body and mind and help others heal. The blessing of this healing practice helps us reconnect with our innate capacity of healing.

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Bon healing retreat: the healing practice of Sidpa Gyalmo supported by healing yoga

With Tempa Lama and Yoga Instructor Alma Largey
Friday May 10 – Sunday May 12, Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Join us to experience the healing power and blessings of the ancient Tibetan healing meditation of Sidpa Gyalmo with Tempa Lama supported by gentle and restorative healing yoga postures with Alma Largey. Sidpa Gyalmo is the chief protector of the Bon tradition and the healing manifestation of the Great Loving Mother. Tempa Lama will offer the transmission of the Sidpa Gyalmo healing meditation practice to connect us with the blessing of this practice. He will then offer instructions on how we can use it to heal our body and mind and help others heal. The blessing of this healing practice helps us reconnect with our innate capacity of healing.

Yoga instructor Alma Largey will offer healing yoga practice sessions that will help us open to the healing energy of Sidpa Gyalmo. Participants will experience a sequence of gentle and restorative yoga postures combined with pranayama (breathing techniques) to support the healing of mind, body, and soul. No prior experience with yoga is s needed. Alma is a gentle and very adaptable instructor who enjoys working with students of all levels. She has been certified by OM Yoga Center in New York City (200-hour) as a Vinyasa teacher and by the Himalayan Institute (500-hour) with a Hatha Yoga Certification. She has been teaching yoga for the past eighteen years, with a style that combines compassion and grace with spirit and breath.

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Monthly Day of Practice: Sunday April 26, 2019

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 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.



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Karmic Ripening – The Law of Causality

With H.E. 7th Kundrol Rinpoche, Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 with an evening talk on Friday May 24

Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Registration details to follow shortly.



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Visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye to Olmo Ling – August 9-11

We are excited to announce that His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye will visit Olmo Ling on August 9-11. 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 following an intensive weeklong prayer ritual conducted by Bon nuns and monks from across Asia. We are deeply honored that His Holiness will visit Olmo Ling on his first visit to the US since his enthronement.

His Holiness’ visit provides an opportunity for our community and anyone in Pittsburgh to build a deep connection with him. While we are currently confirming the details of His Holiness’ visit, it will include an evening talk and a daytime empowerment and teaching. Reserve the dates!




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.