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.


Concluding talk on the three forms of awareness – January 17

Please join us this Tuesday as Tempa Lama concludes his series of talks on the three forms of awareness. The first is all pervasive awareness. This is the awareness of the Awakened One that encompasses all beings. The second form of awareness is the awareness of the discursive mind. This form of awareness can be attained through meditation practice and contemplation. Without practice we do not have this awareness. The final form is primordial awareness. This is the awareness that is our true nature. It is always with us, whether we realize it or not. Following an explanation of the three forms of awareness, Tempa Lama will offer an introduction to the primordial awareness.

This talk is part of our regular Tuesday evening meditation and talk, which is offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration needed. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please join us this week! Donations are gratefully received to help us maintain Olmo Ling temple.

Details: Evening meditation and talk “The Three Forms of Awareness” with Tempa Lama, Tuesday January 17, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


Vibration Sound as a Road to Transformation – with Eileen Nadzam

Weekly class on Thursday evenings, 7-8:15pm
January 19 & 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23.
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

We are happy to announce that we will be offering a 6-week class on Thursday evenings from 7-8:15pm. Eileen Nadzam, long-term student of Tempa Lama, will be leading this class. Eileen holds an M.F.A. degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University, and owns and operates her own music studio. She previously served for six years as the Olmo Ling chant leader and is director of the Music for Menri project.

This class is experiential in nature. We will explore the use of sound, mantra and chant as a a portal to development and transformation of the self. While history, technique and relevance of chant and sound will be discussed, each class will involve the use of drums, bells, singing bowls and the human voice as a means of dissolving the karmic body and experiencing our true nature.

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Olmo Ling Youth Sangha upcoming program: January 13

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 Fall & Winter Program: January 13

As we approach the winter season, we will consider the climate of the Himalayan region and discuss how the temperatures have affected the diet of the Tibetans. We will then make some butter from cow (not the staple dri, or female yak) milk which we will eat on top of Tsampa, a traditional barley/tea sort of porridge.

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.

Meditation Instructors’ Training Part II – 2017

With Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday January 28, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday January 29, 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.

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

The objective of this Workshop is to train those who would like to be able to offer meditation instructions to help others. This retreat is also an opportunity to deepen and stabilize your own meditation practice by exploring the stages of concentration on the path of Calm Abiding Meditation in great detail, and deepening your understanding of the relationship of Calm Abiding with Insight Meditation.

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. Using discussion and dialogue, we will explore how we can deepen and expand our practice and help others at the various stages of meditation practice.

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Sigyal_long6 Saturday, February 18, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday February 19, 10am-1pm

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


Sidpa Gyalmo, known as the “Queen of the Universe”, is the chief protector of the Tibetan Bon tradition. Tempa Lama has been practicing Sidpa Gyalmo as his personal protector deity throughout his life. Many of his students have learned the healing practice, daily protector practice, and divination practice of Sidpa Gyalmo. During this weekend retreat Tempa Lama will teach and give transmission of the powerful longevity and prosperity practice of Sidpa Gyalmo.

The focus of this retreat is on how we can enjoy longevity of our life and pray and practice for the longevity of our friends and family. This practice also includes clearing obstacles to our health and livelihood through the blessing of our connection to Sidpa Gyalmo.

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Olmo Ling Schedule of Teachings & Retreats 2017

The 2017 schedule of teachings and retreats at Olmo Ling as well as Tempa Lama’s travel schedule is now online here.

Monthly Day of Meditation at Olmo Ling – Sunday February 26

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 4:00. 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 February 26. 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.

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!

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.


Support the Music for Menri Project

Directed by senior student 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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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.