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 evening talk: “Practice as a Refuge – Practice into Refuge” with Jim DelBianco, Tues. Oct. 21, 7-8:15pm

Please join us for this special talk with Jim DelBianco, entitled “Practice as a Refuge – Practice into Refuge”. Jim DelBianco is a senior student of Tempa Lama and a long time Olmo Ling member.

Practice: to do or engage in frequently; to observe or adhere to; to do something repeatedly in order to learn; to put knowledge into practice. Refuge: shelter or protection from danger; a place of safety; a person or thing that gives shelter.

We are going to chant and pray. Jim will do some talking. We will chant some more and then finish with some meditation. Specially for the “meditationally challenged.”

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: “Practice as a Refuge – Practice into Refuge” with Jim DelBianco. Tuesday, October 21, 7-8:15pm. Venue: Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

No Ngondro practice on Tuesday October 21

The Ngondro practice is canceled for Tuesday October 21. Practice will resume the week after (Tues. October 28).

Being With Death & Dying Workshop II: Contemplative Practices to Help the Dying

With Tempa Dukte Lama, Sr. Madalyn Chlebowski, Rev. Gary Gibson, and Ch. Daniel Leger

Friday, November 21, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Saturday, November 22, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM with lunch break.

8 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers, nurses, and licensed professional counselors.

This second workshop in the Being with Dying series will focus on contemplative practices, called ‘Ngo To’ in Tibetan, to help the dying person develop openness and trust toward the process of dying and let go of fear and attachments. This material will be expanded in a Panel discussion with Sr. Madalyn Chlebowski, Rev. Gary Gibson, Ch. Daniel Leger and Tempa Lama.

Participants will explore the mental, emotional and physical shifts that take place during the dying process and learn how to utilize this understanding and different contemplative practices to guide the dying person as a compassionate and spiritual friend. Participants will explore ways to help the dying connect deeply with their own faith and draw strength and inner peace from their spiritual practice and spiritual teachers.

This Workshop is for all who are interested in the dying process or would like to offer psychological and spiritual assistance to the dying. It is suited for medical professionals, psychologists, counselors, and social workers working with dying and illness. To attend this workshop it is NOT necessary to have attended the previous workshop in the series.

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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.

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.

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 mark.shefsiek@gmail.com with suggestions for a day and time that will work for you.

Olmo Ling Retreat and Workshop Schedule 2014

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.

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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.