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 special series of Bon practice on Tuesday evenings

We are excited to announce a special series of Bon practice on Tuesday evenings starting April 10. Tempa Lama’s wife Iris Grossmann, chant leader Jim DelBianco, and senior students Andrew Kaiser and Gary Terner will guide different Bon practices while Tempa Lama is traveling and teaching in Europe. We hope you can join us! These sessions are part of our regular weekly offering and are offered free of charge (donations gratefully accepted!) and are open to all.

  • Tuesday April 10: Evening of Healing. Jim DelBianco and Iris Grossmann will guide us in practicing the healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo
  • Tuesday April 17: Silent meditation with Jim DelBianco
  • Tuesday April 24: Invocation of Sidpa Gyalmo and meditation on oneness with Iris Grossmann
  • Tuesday April 31: Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ with Andrew Kaiser, Iris Grossmann, Gary Terner, and Jim DelBianco.
Time and venue: Tuesdays 7-8:15pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Retreats and lectures with Tempa Lama in Europe: April 14-29

Tempa Lama will tour Europe in April and offer three weekend retreats as well as a lecture at Warsaw University:

  • April 14-15, Warsaw Poland: The Ten Perfections on the Path of Compassionate Beings – Part II. Read more and register…
  • April 17, 11am, Warsaw University, Poland: Shamanism in Himalayan Nepal. More info…
  • April 21-22, Ma Chik Ling, Valthermond, Netherlands: Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Practice Retreat and Transmission. Read more and register…
  • April 28-29, Komyo Center, Profondeville, Belgium: Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Practice Retreat and Transmission. Read more and register …


Bon Ngondro Retreat: Teachings and Transmission with Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday May 12, 2018, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday May 13, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tempa Lama will offer the teaching and transmission of Bon Ngondro practice. Bon Ngondro is the practice that opens our mind and heart toward realization on the Path of Transformation and the Path of Self-Realization. Ngondro is of tremendous benefit to our life. It helps us build a deeper connection with our spiritual teachers and cultivate the mind and heart of awakening, the motivation to benefit all beings. Ngondro is a powerful practice for purifying karmic tendencies and negativities. By cleansing our body, speech, and mind Ngondro prepares us to recognize our true nature.

Read more and register…


Bon Phowa Retreat and Transmission with Tempa Lama

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

Tempa Lama will offer the teaching and transmission of Phowa. Phowa is the practice of transference of consciousness when an individual approaches death or has passed. It is a path of liberation traditionally used by great masters to liberate the consciousness of self and other at the moment of death. Through Phowa practice we help the consciousness of the deceased or dying person liberate. Phowa also clears the causes of the six realms of existence, the karmic traces that bind us to the cyclic continuum of suffering, and to unify our mind with the primordial purity.

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Dzogchen & Shikantaza Retreat

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Soto Zen priest Catherine Gammon

Saturday August 18, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday August 19, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

This special retreat brings together Tibetan Bon Lama, Tempa Dukte Lama, and Soto Zen Priest, Catherine Gammon, to approach the true nature of the mind through the ancient Tibetan practice of Dzogchen and the Zen practice of Shikantaza.

Dzogchen is the practice of Open Presence. Openness reveals the nature of emptiness, or the interdependent nature of all beings. Presence reveals the true nature of awareness. This awareness is the key that establishes us into our true nature. Shikantaza is the Zen art of “just sitting,” a nondual objectless meditation. We sit, wholehearted, upright, awake and aware, in the stillness and silence of body and mind, allowing whatever comes to come—sensation, perception, thought—without engaging, without making objects and a self. Even when body and mind are noisy, we rest in the stillness and silence that are their non-duality, awake and aware.

This retreat will include teachings, dialogue, and time spent in meditation.

Read more and register…

The 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program is now online

We invite you to view the 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program which is now online! Our 2018 program is tailored to address the needs of both newer community members and more senior students. The offering for newer community members includes daylong retreats on meditation and on the symbols and iconography of the Bon tradition, as well as a Ngondro retreat. Everyone including senior students will benefit from retreats offering the teaching and transmission of Chod, Phowa practice, as well as a retreat on Dzogchen and Shikantaza with Tempa Lama and Zen priest Catherine Gammon. Tempa Lama’s expanded travel schedule with teachings in New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, as well as international teachings in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium will help our wider community stay in touch.

Tempa Lama will also offer the teaching and transmission of the Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Part I at Alma Yoga in Hancock, NY, and will guide a 3-day Dzogchen meditation retreat in November in the Laurel Highlands.

Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling – Sunday April 22

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 Youth Sangha – Friday April 27


The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha meets once a month (during the regular school year) on a Friday evening with activities for both younger (0-10) and older (11-17) children beginning at staggered times. From 6-7PM activities will be geared towards the younger children with the teens welcome to come as well to assist. From 7-8PM activities will become a little more advanced, but related to what has already been taking place with the younger children able to leave if necessary for earlier bedtimes. Parents and friends are always welcome and we specifically request that parents of children birth thru 5 years of age plan on staying. Children 6 and up may be dropped off if they desire more independence although families are always welcome to attend.

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, and newcomers are always warmly welcome. Gatherings include a snack, meditation, and an art activity such as calligraphy, music & literature or discussions and service projects. Tempa Lama will join some of the sessions to lead creative and mindful activities.

Please make sure you RSVP with the Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss at Bonnie or 412-877-4049 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
  • Friday, April 27
  • Friday, May 25

Offer a donation to the Kunrig funeral ritual prayers for His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin

His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima, spiritual head of the Bon tradition, left his physical body at the age of 89 and entered great nirvana on September 14 at 6:25pm.

His Holiness has given a lifetime of service to rebuilt the Bon tradition in exile following the events of 1959, including the establishment of Menri Monastery, the Bon Dialectic School where monks can obtain a Geshe (Bon doctor of philosophy) degree, and the Bon Children’s Home. We invite you to read more about His Holiness’ life and work here.

Please help us offer a donation for the Kunrig funeral ritual prayers that will be held at Menri Monastery, India, for His Holiness on October 2nd, 2017, as the culmination of a 49 day prayer service. You can donate securely online below or mail a check marked “His Holiness” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Connecting with the awakened mind of His Holiness during this time has very deep merit. We encourage you to dedicate the merit of your prayers and well wishes to the wellbeing of all beings.


Support the Music for Menri Project

Directed by senior student 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.

If you would like to donate time or help support this unique music program, please contact Eileen Nadzam at 412 737 5178. Thank you.

Read more…


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.


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.