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.


Upcoming Workshop on Being with Death and Dying

With Tempa Dukte Lama

Friday, April 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Saturday, April 19, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA

8 continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors.

For thousands of years, the Tibetan spiritual traditions have cultivated practices to offer spiritual support to the dying and to prepare for a peaceful and conscious death. In this workshop we will explore the meaning of death in our lives, relying upon teachings from the ancient Tibetan Bon tradition and its gifts in the field of conscious dying. We will learn about compassionate care for the dying and for ourselves. We will use meditation, exercises and dialogue to look deeply into the process of death and dying in our life and in the lives of people close to us. In the Nine Successive Ways of Bon, the 4th Way deals with death, dying, and healing, and how to free ourselves from afflictive emotions that can cause sickness and make it difficult to live and die peacefully.

This retreat is for all who would like to look into the meaning of death and dying in their lives and learn more about letting go. The retreat is also for those who are ill or in the process of dying, for caregivers, health professionals, and people working closely with dying people or animals.

Online registration will remain open until Friday April 18 afternoon – register until Fri 11:45am to receive lunch on Saturday. Registrations at the door will also be accepted.
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Join us for the consecration of the two Olmo Ling Stupas

Tuesday, April 22, 7-8:15pm with Tempa Lama, Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Join us for this historic celebration as we consecrate the two Olmo Ling Stupas with our resident lama, Tempa Dukte Lama. All are warmly welcome, including children and friends. The Stupas represent the mind of the Awakened One and their consecration is a major milestone in our development. During the historic second visit of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin to Olmo Ling this past May, H.H. especially encouraged Tempa Lama and the community to have two Stupas built and brought to Olmo Ling. With the consecration of the two specially commissioned 26” Stupas we now have all three representations of the Awakened One at our temple – the body of the Awakened One (statues), the speech of the Awakened One (the Bon Canon) and the mind of the Awakened One (the Stupas).

The consecration is also an opportunity to support the three representations of the Awakened One by donating toward the expenses of the Stupas. We still need to raise $1,367 to cover the expenses. If you would like to support the Stupas but are not able to attend the consecration, please consider donating online here or mailing us a donation.

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Thrul Khor Tibetan Yoga practice canceled for Thurs. April 17

The Thrul Khor Tibetan Yoga practice with Mark Shefsiek has been canceled for April 17 and will resume on April 24.

Ngondro practice canceled for Sunday April 20.

Ngondro practice will resume on Sunday April 27.


Join the Olmo Ling Family Retreat: The Loving Mother of Wisdom

We are excited to offer a Family Retreat with Tempa Lama at McKeever Environmental Learning Center on June 7-8. Each day will start after breakfast with a blessing and a family workshop on the Loving Mother of Wisdom with Tempa Lama. The Loving Mother is the highest representation of awakening in the Bon tradition as she is the source of all living beings and the source of infinite love, wisdom, and skillful means. There will also be a Parents’ Circle to share joys, challenges, and strategies for raising children with values such as love, compassion, generosity, and mindfulness.

We offer a variety of activities for children of all ages guided by our accomplished teachers and artists, including yoga, nature walks, sculpting and painting. Parents are welcome to join in these activities. There will also be the freedom to meditate, rest and take small group hikes. The weekend will end Sunday with a picnic, bonfire and weenie roast along with outside games before the closing blessing by Tempa Lama.

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We rely on your support to help low-income families attend this retreat. Please consider supporting the scholarship fund for this retreat here. Thank you!

Next Youth Sangha ages 0-7 meeting: April 26

Courtney and Miranda will guide the children in mindful and creative activities. We are always happy to welcome new children/families. If possible, please RSVP to Courtney at cweikle@yahoo.com to ensure enough materials will be on hand.

Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10:15-11:30am, Olmo Ling temple, 1101 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15217. The Olmo Ling Yough Sangha ages 8-16 will continue to meet every Friday, 5-6:30pm. Please visit our Weekly Schedule page for details of upcoming meetings.

Public talk and Daylong Healing Retreat with Tempa Lama in upstate NY

All proceeds support the Humla Medical Service Trip.

Public talk: Healing Practice in the Tibetan Bon Tradition

Fri. April 25, 7-8:30pm, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY

We are all gifted with the primordial wisdom of healing. According to the Bon teachings, healing encompasses the physical, emotional and mental dimensions. Tempa Lama will give an overview of how healing practice is used in the Bon tradition. He will then introduce the Humla Medical Service Trip which he will guide this fall to bring acupuncturists, doctors, and nurses to the remote Himalayan region of Humla. Read more…

Daylong Retreat: The Heart Drop of the Loving Mother

Sat. April 26, 9:30am-5pm, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY

Join us for a daylong retreat on the ancient Tibetan healing practice “Heartdrop of the Loving Mother” with Tibetan lama Tempa Dukte Lama. Tempa Lama will teach the Heartdrop of Sherab Jamma, the female Buddha of love and wisdom, or ‘Loving Mother of Wisdom’ and guide us in meditating on the Loving Mother together. Read more…

Tempa Lama to speak at Lifestyle Medicine Conference

Lifestyle Medicine Conference: Brain Health & Physical Wellness
May 2, 2014, Chestnut Ridge Gold Resort and Conference Center

Hosted and organized by S’eclairer, an Integrative Psychiatric Medical Practice, this conference focuses on local doctors and professionals bringing you the latest science of Integrative Medicine and wellness, including Narrative Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Supplements and Nutrition. Tempa Lama will speak about the role of meditation in healing our body, mind, and emotions.

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Olmo Ling Retreat and Workshop Schedule 2014

The Olmo Ling Retreat and Workshop Schedule 2014 is now online here.


With Tempa Dukte Lama and Clinic Team Leaders Heidi Harding, LAc. & Tim Aitken, LAc.

September 26 – October 8, 2014

The Humla district of Nepal is one of the world’s most remote areas. A land of incredible natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, the people of Humla have faced many challenges entering into the modern era. A lack of health care and education has created a cycle of poverty in many of the villages, making Humla one of the poorest districts in all of Nepal.

This unique trip offers the opportunity for doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, herbalists, chiropractors, massage therapists and lay people to share their wisdom and compassion through the delivery of no-cost, high quality health care. In mobile village clinics we will offer treatment to patients from the surrounding areas. Tempa Lama will support the group through daily teachings and meditation practices on wisdom and compassion in action from the Bon spiritual teachings of Sherab Jamma, the female Buddha of wisdom and love.

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Directed by Olmo Ling chant leader Eileen Nadzam, Music for Menri provides Western instruments and music lessons to nuns in the Renla Menling Nunnery at Menri Monastery, India, as well as Western music education for students in the Menri Monastery school. Eileen is also building an extensive collection of transcriptions of Bon chants and other sacred music into Western notation to support their preservation for future generations.

Recently, Music for Menri received a donation of six violins. At this time, incoming donations will be used to carry out some minor required repairs to these instruments and transport them to Menri.

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Yeshe Walmo Sculpture by William Rock

We are pleased to announce this historic sculpture of Yeshe Walmo created by artist William Rock in a Limited Edition of 50 units, is now available for purchase at our Olmo Ling Bookstore.

As far as is known, no other sculpture of Yeshe Walmo, the Tibetan Bon deity of healing and protection, exists. This historic endeavor represents the first time ever a Western sculptor has been engaged in this way by the Tibetan Bon tradition, and possibly in Tibetan Buddhism in general.

William Rock’s sculpture of Yeshe Walmo has been acknowledged as authentic by His Holiness The 33rd Menri Trizin, the worldwide spiritual leader of Tibetan Bon.

Read more and purchase here.


Journey into Buddhahood

The Five Paths and Ten Stages of Compassionate Beings
By Tempa Dukte Lama
Foreword by H.E. Menri Lopon. 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.



Inexhaustible Miracles
The Ten Perfections on the Path of Compassionate Beings
By Tempa Dukte Lama
Foreword by Roshi Joan Halifax.

This practice is the basis of all Bon teachings. A valuable book, of great benefit for all readers to bring them, and all beings, to peace and compassion.
Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, author of “Opening the Door to Bon”. Read more here

Order your copy of Inexhaustible Miracles from our online store here


The Intimate Mind
Illuminating Emotion and Transformation

By Tempa Dukte Lama
Foreword by H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin

When the wonders of the mind
Abide in the open heart
The Intimate Mind shines forth.

Order your copy of The Intimate Mind from our online store here.