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.
Tuesday Evening Dharma Talk (March 11th)
“Science and Meditation” with Ransom Towsley.
Science and meditation intersect in more ways than ever before and this opens the western mind to acceptance of practices such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which was recently on the cover of Time magazine. This short talk hopes to stimulate some thinking about this intersection of science and meditation within the context of a larger spiritual view
During the historic second visit of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin to Olmo Ling this past May, His Holiness talked about the special blessing that our temple receives from the presence of the statues and the Bon Canon, which together represent the body and the speech of the Awakened One. The third element, the expression of the mind of the Awakened One, is the Stupa. His Holiness especially encouraged Tempa Lama and the community to generate the energy and funding to have two small Stupas built and brought to Olmo Ling at this time.
With the very generous donation of one of our community members we have been able to have two 26” Stupas created for us in Nepal. We need to raise $2,000 to pay for the completion of the Stupas and their safe transport to Olmo Ling temple.
We have raised $500 out of these $2,000. Please join us in welcoming the Stupas to Olmo Ling and help us raise the remaining $1,500.
Evening of Healing and Bon Global Prayer Day, Weds. March 5, 7pm
Join us for special prayers and a healing meditation on Weds March 5 at 7pm. March 5 is the anniversary of the birthday of Bon Lineage Master Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen. On this auspicious day, every prayer is multiplied by 100,000. Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, founder of Yeru Bon Center, has initiated a Bon Global Prayer Day that will be held on Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen’s birthday every year. Bon monks, practitioners and friends will each meditate and pray for at least one hour at 7pm in their timezone so that there are Bon groups praying during every hour of the day.
The Global Prayer Day this year coincides with our regular Evening of Healing. We will first chant the invocation of Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen and then practice the healing meditation of Sidpa Gyalmo guided by Olmo Ling chant leader Eileen Nadzam. This healing meditation is an opportunity to experience physical, emotional and mental healing through our practice and to send healing energy to all beings.Details: Global Prayer Day and Evening of Healing Wednesday, March 5, 7-8:30pm, Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. Free and open to all, donations are welcome to help us sustain our temple.
With Tempa Dukte LamaFriday, 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.Read more and register…
Monday evening Bon chant class to resume Monday March 10
Due to the continued inclement weather, the Monday evening Bon chant class will resume on March 10, 7pm. The Bon Chant class is guided by Olmo Ling chant leader Eileen Nadzam, MA, and is offered for a $10.00 fee that will directly benefit the Music for Menri Program.
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.
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!
Tuesday Night Dharma talk schedule for February and March
While Tempa Lama travels in Nepal and India, we are looking forward to a series of dharma talks offered by members of the Olmo Ling Sangha. Talks are at the regular scheduled time (7:00 PM on Tuesdays). Details for each talk will be posted on the Monday prior. The full schedule (including past talks) can be viewed on our News and Events page.
Bill Rock: Art and Inspiration.
Ransom Towsley : Science and Meditation
Iris Grossmann and Jim DelBianco: Slide show from their visit to Menri Monastery, India
Iris Grossmann: Trusting our inner knowing
Mark Shefsiek: Finding Peace in a Noisy Life.
Join us for the monthly book club on Sunday March 16
The book club meets every first Sunday, 7-8:30pm and is hosted by Tempa Lama’s student Elizabeth Schandelmeier. We will spend the first several months sharing and talking about Tempa Lama’s new book Journey into Buddhahood. Journey into Buddhahood is a guide to the path of compassion and wisdom. It explains our experience and practice from the initial motivation to help others and ourselves to the final attainment of enlightenment. Given winter storm Titan we have moved the next meeting to Sunday March 16. On March 16, we will continue discussing the first chapter – “The Path of Cyclic Existence”, and hope to begin discussing the second chapter – “The Path of Liberation”.Details: Sunday March 16 7-8:30pm, thereafter every first Sunday at 7pm. Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Upcoming Youth Sangha meetings
The next meetings of the Olmo Ling Youth Sangha ages 0-7 will take place on Saturday March 8, March 22, April 5 and April 26, 2014 at 10:15am. Courtney and Miranda will guide the children in mindful and creative activities, including making prayer flags and breathing meditation with a stuffed animal. We are always happy to welcome new children/families. If possible, please RSVP to Courtney at email@example.com to ensure enough materials will be on hand.Saturday March 8, March 22, April 5 and 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.
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.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.
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.
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.