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.


Evening talk with Iris Grossmann: Doors to Deity Practice – Tuesday May 24

Please join us this Tuesday evening for a special talk with Iris Grossmann, entitled “Doors to Deity Practice”. The aim of this talk is to make deity practice approachable and help open doors to using deity practice as a source of strength and transformation in our lives. Iris will use the practice of the Loving Mother as an example to discuss how we can build a connection with a deity and experience the blessings of this relationship. Iris is Tempa Lama’s wife and long-term assistant and has helped him edit his four books.

This talk is part of our regular offering of a Tuesday evening meditation and talk. It is offered free of charge and open to all – all are welcome, no registration needed. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please feel free to join us this week!

Details: “Doors to Deity Practice”, Meditation and Talk with Iris Grossmann. Tuesday May 24, 7-8:15pm, Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Dzogchen Mar Mo Dzub Khrid Teachings with H.E. 7th Kundol Rinpoche – continued

Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

This teaching will be held on Saturday June 11. Details to follow soon – please check this space for updates!

Special A Khrid Dzogchen teaching with His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin


Hosted by Bon Shen Ling, May 27-30, 2016. Hanover Marriott, Whippany, New Jersey

Registration closes May 13, 2016

We are happy to announce that His Holiness of Bon the Gyalwa Menri Wa will visit the US in 2016 to teach the concluding sections of the Ah-Tri (A-Khrid) Dzogchen text, which gives instruction on the mind and how to manage the mind processes in the three concluding aspects of Ah Tri Dzogchen: Semtri, Trekcho, and Thögal.

For more information and registration, please visit the Bon Shen Ling website.

Bon Ngondro Retreat with Tempa Lama at Alma Yoga Center

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday, July 17, 10am-1pm

Alma Yoga, 67 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, NY 13783-1037

During this special weekend, Tempa Lama will continue teaching the ancient Tibetan preliminary Bon practices known as “Ngondro”. He will begin with review of the 1st part, taught last year. If you didn’t participate in last year’s retreat, please feel free to participate this year.

Ngondro practice is very beneficial for our life. It helps us connect deeply with our spiritual teachers and cultivate and stabilize the heart and mind that wish to benefit all beings. Ngondro is a powerful practice for purifying our karmic tendencies and negativities, cleansing our body, speech and mind and preparing us to recognize our true nature.

More info and registration

The Heart Mantra for Healing and Transformation with Tempa Dukte Lama

A Humla Fund event to benefit the Humla medical clinics
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:30am-5:30pm

Sruti Berkshire Yoga Center, Great Barrington, MA

In this daylong workshop Tempa Dukte Lama will give the transmission and instruction for the contemplative Tibetan Bon practice of the Heart Mantra, Du Tri Su for healing and transformation. he Heart Mantra is the heart essence of the teaching of the Bon Buddha Tonpa Shenrab.

More info and registration…

Help us reprint Tempa Lama’s book The Intimate Mind

Founded in 2010 by Tempa Dukte Lama, Olmo Ling Publications is the first Bon publishing house. We publish translations of classic texts, practices, and commentaries from the various spiritual traditions of Tibet, seeking in particular to preserve the ancient wisdom of the Bon teachings for future generations and make its teachings available in the West. You can order from our online store or on Amazon.com.

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You can donate securely online here. Your gift is vital in helping us expand the range of Bon publications available in the West.

2016 Programs and Retreats now online

The 2016 Olmo Ling Retreat and Workshop Program is now online. Programs at Olmo Ling Center in Pittsburgh include a Divination of Sidpa Gyalmo Retreat this March, a Phowa Practice Retreat in April, the Bon A Khrid Dzogchen transmission Part II and Part III (for those who have previously attended the Part I transmission) and a Meditation Instructors’ Training in August. Tempa Lama’s travel schedule includes teachings on Heart Drop of the Loving Mother at Sa Trik Er Sang in Warsaw, Poland, Ngondro teachings at Alma Yoga in Hancock, NY, and teachings on Heart Drop of the Loving Mother at Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling in Los Angeles, CA.

Monthly Day of Meditation at Olmo Ling

The day of meditation is offered each month and is open to all levels of practioners as well as non-practitioners. The time will be spent in silent meditation. The day is divided into 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute break. You are invited to stay for as long as you desire. The day starts at 9:00 and ends at 5:00. Lunch is from 12:30 to 2:00 and is on your own. Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Long are always appreciated.

The sessions will be guided by Jim DelBianco. If you have any questions email him at jmdelb@aol.com.

Please check the website for cancellations.


Olmo Ling Monthly Youth Sangha Program

The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha will now be meeting once a month 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 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 and activities (Fridays, 6-8pm):
Friday May 20- Exploration of Tibetan musical instruments


Support the Music for Menri Project

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.

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…

Thank you for your support for the earthquake victims in Nepal

This project is now closed. All remaining funds are being dispersed to ongoing work in the villages.

Update December 20: We would like to thank you again for your generous support for the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal this past April. With your help we have been able to reach out to the earthquake victim in three comprehensive phases of support.

During Phase I our team provided tents, blankets, mattresses, food and water to more than 1,200 villagers near the epicenter of the earthquake. We also dispensed water and medical supplies to hospitals in Kathmandu. During Phase II our efforts this fall focused on helping young families in Kathmandu and in the larger area affected by the earthquake. Tempa Lama reviewed the situation on the ground during his extended stay in Nepal and personally directed support toward young families to help them resettle and stabilize their lives. During Phase III our volunteer team is again visiting remote villages near Kathmandu to provide comforters so that villagers can stay warm during the cold season.

Read more about our team’s efforts to help the earthquake victims…

We are now closing the earthquake relief campaign and will no longer be accepting donations. Our efforts are now shifting to the need to help children from impoverished families in Nepal attend school and vocational training. Tempa Lama has selected children that we plan to support based on individual needs and circumstances and the willingness and ability to study hard. Read more on the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund Page.

We sincerely thank you for your support.


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.

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. She is now in the second year of the nursing school program 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!


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.