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.
Special Tuesday Evening Talk with Eileen Nadzam on Sept. 23: Clearing the Conditioning
Please join us for this special evening talk with Eileen Nadzam. Eileen is the Olmo Ling chant leader and a senior student of Tempa Lama.
Tempa Lama tells us that we are a compilation of stories, stories that we have been told and stories that we believe, recognize, and live each and every day of our lives.. This talk will focus on the avenues we can all use to clear our conditioning, to transform the stories we tell ourselves, those fairy tales that limit our dreams and cause our suffering. In time we can come to recognize our true selves: our pure nature ,unstained and eternal.
This talk is part of our regular Tuesday evening program of 30 minutes of chanting and meditation followed by a talk. The Tuesday program is open to all and offered by donation.Details: “Clearing the Conditioning” with Eileen Nadzam. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7-8:15pm. Venue: Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Olmo Ling Fall Program: upcoming Tuesday evening talks
We invite you to join us for several upcoming special evening talks given by Tempa Lama’s senior students while he is traveling in Nepal.Tues. Sept. 16: Andrew Kaiser: Running with Mantras
Tues. Sept. 23: Eileen Nadzam: Clearing the Conditioning
Tues. Sept 30: Iris Grossmann: Journey into Buddhahood
Tues. Oct. 7: Gary Terner: Being Responsible for Your Own Happiness
Tues. Oct. 14: Debbie Conway: Practical Dharma for Managing Stress
Tues. Oct. 21: Jim DelBianco: Practice as a Form of Refuge
These talks are part of our regular Tuesday evening program of 30 minutes of chanting and meditation followed by a talk. The Tuesday program is open to all and offered by donation.Details: Tuesday Evening Talks at Olmo Ling, 7-8:15pm. Venue: Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Ngondro practice moved to Tuesdays 5:45pm
The weekly Ngondro practice session guided by Jim DelBianco will take place on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:40pm. This practice is for those who are already practicing Ngondro. Jim wants to try different days and times during the year to see which are the most convenient for Sangha members.
Weekly Thrul Khor Tibetan Yoga class on summer break until September
The weekly Thrul Khor class guided by Mark Shefsiek will resume after the summer break in September.
Mark would like to enable new people to join the Thrul Khor class. If you are interested to join the class this fall, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions for a day and time that will work for you.
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.
The trip is full and registration is closed. If you are interested, you can apply to be put on the trip waiting list.Read more….
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.Read more…
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.
Heart Drop of the Loving MotherBy 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.
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.
The Ten Perfections on the Path of Compassionate Beings
By Tempa Dukte Lama
Foreword by Roshi Joan Halifax.
Olmo Ling Publications, June 3, 2011.
Paperback, 137pp, $16.95
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
Olmo Ling Publications, June 3, 2011
Paperback, 192pp, $18.95
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.