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.


Series of Special Tuesday Evening Talks: “Practice”

Please join us for a series of special Tuesday evening talks during Tempa Lama’s travels in Nepal. Tempa Lama will be leading the Humla Medical Service Trip in his Himalayan home valley Humla, Nepal, together with Heidi Harding, L.Ac., and Tim Aitken, L.Ac.

Tempa Lama has asked senior students to offer weekly evening talks during his absence on the topic of “Practice”. These talks are a powerful opportunity to learn from each other about different forms of practice that have helped senior members of our community. Please come join us!

The talks are part of our weekly Tuesday evening meditation. You do not need to register and this program is offered free of charge.

Details: Tuesday evening meditation and talks. Weekly, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Aug. 30       Jim DelBianco: A few words about the theme for our series of talks, “Practice”
              Jim will share a practice for Prosperity and Longevity.
Sept. 6       Andrew Kaiser: “The Feedback Loop” – How day to day experience is incorporated into a
              changing meditation practice.
Sept. 13       Stan Perelman: A Structured Meditation Practice – Part 1
Sept. 20       Stan Perelman: A Structured Meditation Practice – Part 2
Sept. 27       Ransom Towsley: To Be Announced
Oct. 4       Iris Grossmann: The healing practice of Sidpa Gyalmo
Oct. 11       Eileen Nadzam: To Be Announced
Oct. 18       Gary Terner and Jim DelBianco: Drenpa Namkha Practice
Oct. 25       Mark Shefsiek: To Be Announced
Nov. 11       Iris Grossmann and Jim DelBianco: The Bardo Monlam

Instruction in Calm Abiding Meditation: A Foundational Meditation of Bon

Four Thursday evenings: September 8, September 15, September 22, and September 29, from 7-8:30pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Meditation is a skillful way to peace, freedom and liberation. Meditation means becoming familiar with the true nature of the mind. We become familiar with the functioning of our mind, our conditioning and our dominant emotions. This enables us to take care of them. Meditation is the process of developing a harmonious connection between the physical, emotional and mental dimensions of our being.

Taught by senior student and meditation instructor Ransom Towsley, this course is an opportunity to learn Calm Abiding Meditation. You will also learn about the history of the Tibetan Bon tradition, prerequisite requirements for Calm Abiding Meditation, the four breaths of purification which can help us calm and clear the mind, the fivefold meditation posture to support our practice, overcoming obstacles experienced in meditation, and how to achieve deep levels of stabilization and calm abiding known as the Nine Stages of Stabilizing the Mind.

Instructor Ransom Towsley is a senior student of Tempa Lama and has completed the Olmo Ling meditation instructors’ training with Tempa Lama. Ransom has practiced meditation in different Buddhist and Eastern traditions for more than 20 years. Since joining Olmo Ling he has received many Bon transmissions and teachings from Tempa Lama and visiting Tibetan Bon lamas.

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Chod – Laughter of the Dakinis

with Andrew Kaiser, Saturday September 24, 9:30am-4:30pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Please join us for this special daylong workshop to learn the ancient Tibetan Bon practice called “Chod: Laughter of the Dakinis”. At Olmo Ling we practice Chod every week at the Saturday morning meditation.

Chod is a complete practice for cutting through the ego attachment and understanding the way of compassion. We will study the different drumming techniques used in the Chod. We will combine the drumming with chant practice and by the end of the day will be able to run through the full Chod practice.

If you are new to Chod then this class will establish a good foundation to continue. If you are already familiar with Chod, this class is an opportunity to focus on specific questions about the music and instruments.

This workshop is led by Andrew Kaiser, senior student with Tempa Lama. Andrew has practiced Chod for several years. Read more and register…

Music Mantra Meditation

With Eileen Nadzam, MA
Saturday, October 22, 9:30am-5pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

This workshop will explore sound as a tool of transformation. Why and how does sound and rhythm affect us and how can we use this medium to strengthen and deepen our practice?

Eileen Nadzam holds an MFA Degree in Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a long time practitioner and student of Tempa Lama, Founder and Director of Olmo Ling.

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Meditation Instructors Training Part II with Tempa Lama

Saturday December 10, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday December 11, 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. The teachings will focus on the nine successive stages of Calm Abiding Meditation according to the Tibetan Bon tradition. Tempa Lama will give detailed explanations of the meditative experience during each stage and how our progression along this path can help us stabilize our mind and feelings during each situation of our lives. He will also explain the relationship of Calm Abiding Meditation and Insight Meditation. Using discussion and dialogue, we will explore how we can deepen and expand our practice at each stage and how we can help others at the various stages of meditation practice.

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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.

Help support the third and final year of Sangita’s studies at nursing school

Through the Olmo Ling Nursing Education Project we are supporting Sangita Tamang, a young woman from Humla, to attend nursing school in Kathmandu. We have successfully raised $2,800 to cover the costs of the first year of nursing school. Please help us raise the remaining $1,200 for Sangita’s tuition during the third and last year.

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 near the completion of the second year of nursing school program and studying hard.

Please support us in sponsoring the final 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!

Monthly Day of Meditation at Olmo Ling – Sunday September 18

The Day of Meditation is offered each month and is open to all levels of practitioners 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 Ling are always appreciated.

The next day of meditation will be offered on Sunday September 18. 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 Youth Sangha Program – To be rescheduled

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.

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2 is CANCELLED

The Saturday July 2 session will be rescheduled for later this summer as most families are currently traveling.

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

We will be selling the cloth prayer flags to raise funds for the young nuns at Redna Menling Monastery in India, as well as to help fund the Youth Sangha. We do have all five colors of paper and any family who wants to print a set of these to take home for indoor use will be welcome to do so. As always, if anyone can sew on a machine and is willing to take some sets home to complete by September when we resume regular meetings, your help would be greatly appreciated.

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.


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.

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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.


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.