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 with Gary Terner: Preparing to Meditate

Tuesday, October 6, 7-8:15pm

Please join us for a special evening talk with Gary Terner, entitled “Preparing to Meditate”. Developing a premeditation routine can help calm and focus our mind and put us in a better mental state to begin
meditation. We will discuss our individual routines and Gary will demonstrate one that helps him begin his practice. Gary is a senior student of Tempa Lama.

The weekly Tuesday meditation and Buddhist talk is open to all and newcomers are warmly welcomed. The Tuesday program is offered free of charge; donations are gratefully received to help us maintain the Olmo Ling temple.

Details: “Preparing to meditate”: Evening talk with Gary Terner. Tuesday, October 6, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute. 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


Soul Retrieval Retreat with Geshe Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche

Introductory Public Talk: Friday, October 16, 7-8:30pm.
Weekend Ritual Retreat: Saturday, October 17, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday, October, 18, 10am-1pm

Olmo Ling Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

Join us for this special Retreat in which Geshe Nyima Kunkyab Rinpoche will perform the full Soul Retrieval ritual – an ancient and powerful Bon practice that is rarely taught in the West.

The soul is the pure strength of the internal elements that supports and nurtures the connection between our life force and lifespan. At the same time it strengthens and nurtures the relationship between the body and the mind. The soul abides in the mind, and the mind abides in the body. When the soul is weakened, this affects the relationship between our life force and life span and the relationship between the body and the mind. When the soul and the life force are weakened or disturbed, we as individuals become vulnerable to physical, mental, and emotional misfortunes.

The Bon ritual of Soul Retrieval, taught by the Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab, has the power to retrieve and heal our soul and life force through ritual and the power of meditative absorption, prayers, mantras, and visualization. This precious ritual has been practiced for thousands of years until now. We are very grateful that Rinpoche will visit Olmo Ling and Pittsburgh again to offer the Soul Retrieval ritual for the benefit of many beings. Geshe Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche is a master of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen of the Bon tradition. He has traveled and taught extensively across the USA, Mexico, India and Russia.
Proceeds retreat will benefit the Bon School which Rinpoche founded in the remote Nepali district of Dolpo, and the repair of the Stupa which was damaged during the recent earthquake.

This retreat is for anyone looking to restore, heal and nurture the strength and vibrancy of the soul and life force. Read more and register…

Sponsoring the prayers for this ritual

We offer the opportunity for anyone to sponsor part of the ritual prayers for the healing, strengthening and wellbeing of their family and friends. Sponsoring the preparatory prayers for the ritual is a powerful way to support the ritual and partake in its great merit and benefit. For many thousands of years, laypeople have supported lamas and monks to help them offer special prayers that in turn benefit many beings. Read more here…

Join us for an Evening of Healing on October 7!

Join us for an Evening of Healing. We will practice the ancient Bon Healing Practice of Sidpa Gyalmo together as a community. This healing meditation helps us to connect with the innate potential of healing within each one of us. Sidpa Gyalmo is the chief protector of the Tibetan Bon tradition. The Evening of Healing is a gift to ourselves and an opportunity to experience physical, emotional and mental healing through our practice.

The Evening of Healing is offered free of charge; donations are gratefully accepted. Prior experience with this practice is not necessary. Newcomers to Olmo Ling are warmly welcomed. As Tempa Lama is traveling, the Evening of Healing will be guided by the Olmo Ling chant leader Jim DelBianco together with Iris Grossmann.

Details: Evening of Healing, Wednesday, October 7, 7-8pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Retreat on the pure nature of the mind with Tempa Lama in November

Fri. Nov. 13, 10am through Sun. Nov. 15, 2pm, Boswell, PA

This retreat is a special opportunity to attain a deeper experience of meditation and directly recognize the mind’s innate purity. The retreat will combine teachings and dialogue with time spent in contemplation to deepen our experience. Tempa Lama will offer the first part of the transmission and instruction of the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen. The Bon Dzogchen teachings are the highest teachings of Bon as they offer a means to directly recognize the true nature of the mind and to stabilize this recognition.

The Bon A Khrid teachings consist of three retreats. We are excited that Tempa Lama will offer the first retreat this fall. Attendance of this Part I retreat is required to attend the Part II and III teachings in 2016. This year Tempa Lama will focus on teaching the Nyoshi, the actual practice of the A Khrid Dzogchen through his vivid fresh understanding and experience. During the following two cycles, Tempa Lama will offer instructions on how to distinguish between the ordinary mind and the true nature of the mind and how we can stabilize this recognition through the practice of klong sgom, the spontaneous presence in the natural state.

The retreat will be held in the secluded Sequanota Center in the Laurel Highlands on 395 acres of forested land with many creeks and streams. The Retreat is for all who would like to deepen their practice of meditation in order to recognize the true nature of the mind. Tempa Lama encourages all his students to attend this retreat.

We offer single and double accommodation. Rooms are limited, so reserve your spot now! More info and registration…

Update on His Holiness’ health and recovery


We would like to thank you so much for your prayers for the health and wellbeing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the worldwide spiritual head of the Bon tradition. His Holiness has been facing health issues. We are very happy to share that His Holiness’ health is now back to normal. Bon practitioners around the world have been praying intensely for His Holiness and the monastic community at Menri has conducted many days of intense prayer for His Holiness’ recovery and longevity. His Holiness has expressed his deep gratitude for everyone’s prayers.

Long Life Prayer for His Holiness:
Rab Jam Chog Chu Gyal Wa Se Che Kyi
Khyen Tse Yeshe Ngo Wo Chik Dui Pi
Zab Gye Shen Ten Pel We Thrin Le Chen
Lung Tog Tenpai Nyima Tag Char Shog

Embodiment of the omniscient wisdom of the Buddhas and compassionate beings of the ten directions
You are the manifestation of the unified essence of love and wisdom
Your great enlightened activity spreads the wisdom teachings of Tonpa Shenrab
May you, Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima, shine forever.


Upcoming Special Tuesday Evening Talks at Olmo Ling

Tempa Lama has selected guest speakers and senior students to offer the weekly evening talk while he is traveling in Nepal and Tibet. Please join us for these talks. The talks are a wonderful opportunity to learn from and with community members who have practiced and studied Bon for a number of years.

Oct. 6   Gary Terner: Preparing to Meditate
Oct. 13   Eileen Nadzam: The Bon Chod Practice “Laughter of the Dakinis”
Oct. 20   Ransom Towsley: Old age is not for sissies: How reflections on impermanence
    can increase our well being while facing old age and death
Oct. 27   Stan Perelman: Dissolving the conceptual karmic body and practicing open awareness
Nov. 3   Bob Marin: Topic TBA
Nov. 10   Welcome back to Tempa Lama!

The weekly Tuesday meditation and Buddhist talk is open to all and newcomers are warmly welcomed. The Tuesday program is offered free of charge; donations are gratefully received to help us maintain the Olmo Ling temple.

Meditation and evening talk. Tuesdays, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Day of Practice and Meditation at Olmo Ling Sunday November 22

The day of Practice and Meditation is offered every month and is open to all levels of practitioners and non-practitioners. The time will be spent in silent meditation, prayer and chanting. Texts will be provided. The day is divided into 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute break in between. You can attend as many as you want. The day starts at 9:00 and ends at 5:00. Coffee, tea and water will be available. There will be a break for lunch from 12 until 1:15. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Ling are always appreciated.

Details: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9am-5pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

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

Help us provide urgently needed support for the victims of Nepal’s earthquake

Update August 22: Tempa Lama will travel to Kathmandu on August 31st. There he will review the situation on the ground and direct the continuation of activities for the second phase of relief efforts, which focuses on helping young families resettle and stabilize their lives. We want to thank you again for your generosity that is making it possible for us to help the earthquake victims very directly and effectively. Please visit our website again soon as further updates will be posted.

Update May 12: Tempa Lama would like to thank you so much for your continued support. Our ground crew just returned to Kathmandu from their relief efforts in the villages in the mountains last night. They have been safe this morning during the new 7.3 magnitude quake. Please continue sending your prayers.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred less than 50 miles from Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday Apr 25, 2015. Buildings are destroyed, leaving many thousands homeless and without access to electricity, water, and food.

Your donations continue to be urgently needed to help us continue our efforts to help young families in Kathmandu.

Please continue sharing our earthquake relief project website with your friends to enable us to continue our efforts in the weeks to come.

Project 1 (completed): Relief Efforts in Remote Villages:
Our team has provided tents, blankets, mattresses, food and water to more than 1,200 villagers in Bhimtar, Gatlang, Shermathang, Bari, Sankhu and Bhote Chaur (read more…). These villages close to the epicenter of the earthquake are almost completely destroyed and villagers are in urgent need of shelter with the Monsoon season approaching. Governmental relief efforts in these villages have been hindered by their remoteness and the destruction of roads leading to the villages.

Project 2: Helping Young Families and Hospitals in Kathmandu: With your generous support we are able to help several young families in Kathmandu to resettle, bringing the gift of hope (read more…). Our team has also visited the area’s hospitals with urgently needed provisions of water and medicine. Tempa Lama will be in Kathmandu from September 1 and will personally plan and direct the continuation of these activities in order to help families as directly and effectively as possible.

Donations through Paypal can be made with the “donate” button below. For credit card donations use the link on top of this page. You can also donate by sending a check marked “earthquake” to: Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Olmo Ling is a 501 c (3) charitable organization and your donation is fully tax-deductible. Thank you so much for your generosity!


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.

Hutikvillage-small2 With Tempa Dukte Lama and clinic team leaders Heidi Harding, LAc. & Tim Aitken, LAc.

The Humla Medical Service Trip offers the opportunity for doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, other medical pracitioners and lay people to share their wisdom and compassion through the delivery of no-cost, high quality health care in Nepal’s Humla district. Humla is one of the world’s most remote areas. Situated in the Northwest corner of the country, Humla borders Tibet to the North and India to the West. 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 year the need for medical services in this region is even more urgent, as the resources of the Nepali government will be focused on post-earthquake restoration efforts in Kathmandu. The Humla community is relieved and deeply grateful to know that our medical clinics will continue this year.

This trip is a project of Humla Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization co-founded by Tempa Dukte Lama and Heidi Harding, dedicated to strengthening the Bon culture and traditions in the Humla region of Nepal through access to quality education, healthcare and sustainable economic development.

Read more about this unique trip…

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.

Olmo Ling Youth Sangha Program ages 8-16:

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:

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.

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!


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.

Olmo Ling Community Sunday Family Practice Gathering

The Olmo Ling family practice gathering is offered the first Sunday of the month. The gathering 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. All are welcome, including newcomers to our community.

Mark Shefsiek leads 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.


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…


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.