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 Retreat: Lu Chod Homi Gyatso Ritual with Geshe Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche and Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday, March 14, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday, March, 15, 10am-1pm

Join us for this special retreat on a powerful ancient Bon practice that is very rarely offered in the West. Tibetan Bon lamas Geshe Murig Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche and Tempa Dukte Lama will perform the ancient Tibetan Bon ritual called “Offering the Ocean of Milk to the Lu (Naga) Spirits for Healing and Prosperity”. They will also offer teachings on this practice.

We live in this beautiful city of Pittsburgh with three great rivers and we share this earth and the bodies of water with many other living beings as well as many spirits. Harmony between us and the spirits will bring prosperity, longevity, and happiness into our lives. Sometimes our actions affect and threaten other beings and spirits and this brings misfortune, illness, and natural calamities. Through this ritual practice we cultivate harmony between us and the Lu spirits, thereby bringing prosperity, longevity and happiness into our lives and the lives of our family and friends.

Read more and register for the ritual retreat…

Sponsoring the prayer ceremony for this ritual: We offer the opportunity for anyone wishing to sponsor the ritual prayers conducted by Geshe Nyima Kunkyap and Tempa Dukte Lama for the wellbeing and benefit of their family and/or friends. If you would like to sponsor any part of the ritual prayers for this retreat, please contact the Olmo Ling office (bon@olmoling.org) or donate securely online below. Thank you for your generosity.


Olmo Ling Youth Sangha Program ages 8-16, upcoming dates: March 6 and 20.

We warmly invite children ages 8-16 to join the Olmo Ling Youth Sangha program, offered every 1st and 3rd Friday, 7-8:30pm.

Upcoming dates:
March 6 and March 20, April 3 and April 17

The Friday evening Youth Sangha is a mindful way to to end the school week and begin the weekend. This Program is free and open to all, friends 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 if possible, to ensure adequate materials are available for class.

Upcoming Workshop: Being with Death and Dying – the Bardo

Friday March 27, 7-8:30pm, Sat. March 28, 9:30am-5pm and Sun. March 29, 10am-1pm

Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

10.5 continuing education for nurses, social workers, psychologists and licensed counselors.

Join us for this special workshop on the powerful Bon teachings and practices to guide ourselves and others during and after death.

For thousands of years, the Tibetan spiritual traditions have cultivated practices to offer spiritual support to the dying and to prepare for a peaceful, conscious death. This third Workshop on Being with Death and Dying will focus on the process of dying and the stages of Bardo, the after-death experience. ‘Bardo’ consists of Tibetan ‘Bar’ – the “between state” where the consciousness has left the body and not yet taken another body; and ‘Do’– the consciousness that is without the support of a body.

Tempa Lama will teach on the different stages of the dying process and the Bardo, including the psychological, mental, emotional and physical shifts that take place during the dying process and in the time after death. He will offer teachings on contemplative practices that we can utilize to navigate the Bardo at the time of our death and to help the dying as a compassionate and spiritual friend. Special guest lectures will expand this material. Dr. Holmquist will discuss the cross-cultural relationships between the sacred Books of the Dead of Tibet and Ancient Egypt. He will focus on similarities in thematic content, religious and cultural meaning and purpose with attention to visualization and personification, and more profound issues of transition through death and spiritual rebirth in this world and beyond. Dr. Spiegel will discuss cross-cultural perspectives on Bardo states, including 1) Religion and the recognition of mortality from prehistory to present day, 2) Jewish practices of mourning and Bardo states, and 3) Research on teaching meditation to terminally ill cancer patients.

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Sunday Family Practice Gathering: Sunday, March 8

Sunday, March 8, 4:00-6:00pm

The Sunday Service will begin at 4pm and include short segments of prayer, mantra, meditation, yoga and stories and discussion for adults and children alike. It will be a very relaxed setting, and children can join in or play together. We will conclude with a light pot luck meal, finishing up by 6pm.

Mark Shefsiek will be leading this service. Please RSVP by noon Saturday (the day before the Family Practice Gathering) with him at mark.shefsiek@gmail.com. Please note if you can bring a dish and/or assist in cleaning up afterwards.

Help us sponsor the publication of new Bon books

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.

Sponsor a Bon publication
Please consider supporting one of our current publication projects:

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

2015 Programs and Retreats now online

Visit the 2015 Programs and Retreats page for Tempa Lama’s 2015 teaching schedule and programs with visiting lamas at Olmo Ling.


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.

Volunteer opportunity:
There will be a fundraising fiddle concert for the Music for Menri Program on Friday, April 24 at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of this concert. If you would like donate time to help support this unique program, please contact Eileen Nadzam at 412 737 5178. Thank you.

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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.

After successfully completing the Medical Service Trip to Humla this fall, 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. After passing the nursing school entrance exam in Kathmandu with very good results she is now enrolled in her first semester 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!

Monthly Day of Practice and Meditation – Sunday March 29

The Day of Practice and Meditation is offered on the last Sunday each month and is open to all levels of practitioners, non-practitioners and to the simply curious. No experience is necessary. The day will be spent in silent meditation, prayer and chanting. Texts and words for the prayers, chants and mantras will be provided along with explanations and instructions.

The day will be divided into separate sessions – you can attend one, two, several, the whole day, whatever fits into your schedule. You can sit on a cushion, in a chair, stand or any other position that works best for you. Each session will be followed by a 15 minute break. Water, tea and coffee will be available.

The next Day of Practice will be on Sunday March 29. No advance registration is required. There is no fee, but, donations to Olmoling are always appreciated. We do ask that you make every effort to be on time for the sessions.


7:00 – 7:45 – Silent Meditation
8:00 – 8:45 – Silent Meditation
9:00 – 9:45 – Chant – Three Heart Mantras of Bon
10:00 – 10:45 – Silent Meditation
11:00 – 11:45 – Silent Meditation
11:45 – 1:15 – LUNCH – Pack a lunch and join us for a lunchtime talk

1:30 – 2:15 – Silent Meditation
2:30 – 3:15 – Chants/Prayers – Healing
3:30 – 4:15 – Silent Meditation
4:30 – 5:15 – Chanting/Prayer – Loving Mother
5:30 – 6:15 – Silent Meditation
6:15 – 7:00 – 100 Syllable Mantra

Please visit our Weekly Schedule for more details. The sessions will be guided by Jim DelBianco. If you have any questions email Jim at sangha@olmoling.org.


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.


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.

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.