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.


New Year’s Eve Meditation and Celebration

With Tempa Lama, Wed, Dec 31st, 7:30-9pm Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Join us for this special New Year’s eve meditation. We will meditate and chant together with Tempa Lama to prepare for the new year and acknowledge all that this past year has brought into our lives. Tempa Lama will lead the meditation and offer a prayer to purify obstacles and obscurations for the coming year. The meditation and prayers will be followed by a reception with refreshments. You are welcome to bring a beverage or snack to share.

All are welcome to the New Year’s meditation and celebration, including children.

Support Olmo Ling with a year-end-gift or a new membership

We invite you to consider Olmo Ling as you make your end of year donations.

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.

Through your generous support, our Center 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.

Our weekly program offers a space of refuge; a space where people can support each other in their practice and where we can reconnect with our innate pure nature and good heart.

With your support we are able to offer a study program of Bon teachings through retreats and workshops on a variety of topics for practitioners of all ages. In order to preserve the Bon traditions for current and future practitioners, we publish new Bon titles, commentary texts and translations of essential Bon practices.

To support Olmo Ling, you can donate securely online using the button above, become a member, or send a check to “Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217”. Thank you for your support!

Meditation Instructors Training Part II with Tempa Lama

Fri. January 16, 7-8:30pm, Sat. January 17, 9:30am-5pm, Sun. January 18, 10am-1pm

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

Prerequisite: Previous attendance of the Meditation Instructors’ Training Part I at Olmo Ling.

The objective of this Workshop is to train those who would like to be able to offer meditation instructions to help others, including through the Olmo Ling Compassionate Outreach programs. This Retreat is also an opportunity to deepen and stabilize your own meditation practice. Tempa Lama will give detailed explanations meditative experience during each of the nine successive stages of Calm Abiding Meditation and discuss how we can help others at the various stages of meditation practice. Participants will explore how our progression along this path can help us stabilize our mind and feelings during each situation of our lives.

Upon completion of the full workshop, participants will receive a certificate of successful completion of the Olmo Ling Meditation Instructors Program.

Read more and register…

Evening talk with Tempa Lama, Tuesday December 23: Meditation and Prayer of the Bon Hundred-Syllable Mantra

Tempa Lama will continue to explain the meditation and prayer of the Bon Hundred-Syllable Mantra. The Hundred-Syllable Mantra is a powerful practice to purify karmic traces and transform our mind, body and speech. This Tuesday, Tempa Lama will guide us in meditating on the mantra. We hope that you can join us.

This talk is part of our weekly Tuesday evening meditation and talk. The weekly talk and meditation are open to all and free of charge, donations welcome. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please do not hesitate to join us tonight!

Details: Evening talk with Tempa Lama: Meditation and Prayer of the Hundred-Syllable Mantra. Tuesday, December 23, 7-8:30pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

2015 Programs and Retreats now online

Visit the 2015 Programs and Retreats page for Tempa Lama’s 2015 teaching schedule and programs with visiting lamas at Olmo Ling.

Upcoming Retreat with H.E. 7th Kundol Rinpoche: Dzogchen Mar Mo Dzub Khrid Teachings – Second Cycle

We are happy to announce that H.E. 7th Kundol Rinpoche will return to Olmo Ling this winter to offer a special teaching from the Kundol lineage. Rinpoche will continue teaching precious, rarely taught Dzogchen teachings from his lineage, called Dzogchen Mar Mo Dzub Khrid. The teaching is given in three cycles: Prerequisite Practices, Pith Instructions to the Nature of the Mind, and Post-Meditation. This February, Rinpoche will begin the second cycle, the Pith Instructions to the Nature of the Mind.

This retreat is open to anyone – it is not necessary to have attended the previous teaching on Dzogchen Mar Mo Dzub Khrid last year.

Kundrol Rinpoche is the 7th reincarnation of the great Kundrol Jatson Nyingpo of Tibet. He is a renowned healer and psychic. Rinpoche’s warmth and compassion, his sense of humor and the unique qualities of his teachings have touched the lives of many beings. Rinpoche is a nonsectarian and has received teachings and empowerments with highly venerated Bon and Buddhist masters such as H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Menling Tri Rinpoche, H.E. Dodrup Rinpoche and many others.

Public talk: Fri., February 6, 7-8:15pm (open to all – no registration needed)

Retreat: Sat. February 7, 9:30am-5pm with lunch break and Sun. February 8, 10am-1pm

Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

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Help us send a young woman from Humla to nursing school

We invite you to help us in sponsoring a young woman from Humla to attend nursing school in Kathmandu. We have successfully raised $1,600 to cover the costs of the first year of nursing school. The full three years will cost $4,000 in tuition.

After successfully completing the Medical Service Trip to Humla this fall, Tempa Lama wants to help educate talented young people in Humla as nurses to begin offering sustained health care services in this remote valley. We have witnessed that Humla’s children study with remarkable dedication and motivation, often finishing school at the top of their class when given the chance to study in a good school in Kathmandu. The young woman whom we are sponsoring, Sangita, has firmly committed to return to Humla as a nurse after completing her degree. After passing the nursing school entrance exam in Kathmandu with very good results she is now enrolled in her first semester and studying hard.

Please support us in sponsoring the second and third year of nursing school for Sangita. Your generosity will offer the gift of education and a future to this young woman. To support Sangita in studying as nurse, you can mail a check to Olmo Ling or donate online here.

Thank you for your generosity!

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.


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.



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.


Inexhaustible Miracles
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.