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.


Support Olmo Ling During this Season of Blessings, and Let Your Gift Be Multiplied to Others in Need

It is at this time of year, when lights pierce through the night sky reminding us of our one-pointed capacity for good, that we, at Olmo Ling, are most touched by our role in this world as workers for the betterment of all. We are so excited about our growth capacity and the many humanitarian works that we are engaged in. From providing tangible, material support to countless earthquake victims in Nepal, to offering scholarships to help young people receive an education, to presenting the fresh perspective of peace and equanimity to those who remain in suffering, Olmo Ling is involved in social caring. Every year, we reach thousands of people with the vital message of social unity, self-care, generalized compassion, and the need to give up personal stories of pain for the grander story of community and connection.

And we need you to join us. Olmo Ling is a house of wisdom and like any house, it incurs basic costs, such as rent, utilities, and staff costs. Without these basic needs being met, all of the many, essential humanitarian programs that we are engaged in—as well as the weekly dharma talks and monthly retreats that teach us how to experience joy and presence in our lives—will falter. General operating support is the foundation upon which everything else relies. Many of the people that we reach do not receive aid from any other source, yet they live in a manner most Americans cannot fathom. Without a solid base of consistent funds, Olmo Ling is crippled in meeting its own basic needs and the needs of those it has the opportunity to lift up out of suffering. And so we are reaching out to you, our friends and benefactors and our fellow practitioners, for assistance in doing what we do best. Helping people. All end-of-year donations are put toward general operating costs, and the most profound way that you can support Olmo Ling, and its programs and initiatives, is through month-to-month donations that provide consistent, stable support.

We are so grateful for the blessing of you, and all that you bring to our sangha and our community-at-large. Please give generously during this season of blessings and help us continue to give the wisdom and the aid that is ours to give, to you and to all the many people in need whom we reach.

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Prayers

Please join us for a special New Year’s Eve Celebration and Meditation on December 31st, 8-9:30 pm. Tempa Lama will guide us in meditating and chanting to prepare for the new year and acknowledge all that this past year has brought into our lives. Join us for a powerful prayer to purify any obstacles and obscurations for the coming year. This will be followed by a celebration with beverages.

All are welcome, please bring your children and friends. You are welcome to bring a beverage or snack to share.

Details: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Meditation with Tempa Lama. Thursday, December 31, 8-9:30pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


with Tempa Dukte Lama and Andrew Kaiser

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Chod means to cut through. This unique practice with its melodious chant and visualization involves our whole being to help us develop the wisdom that can cut through the four fears or demons that afflict us and cause suffering:

  • Our grasping of the ego
  • Our attachment to our physical body and the four aggregates of form, feelings, mental formations, and consciousness
  • Our afflicted emotions and habits and
  • Our fear of our mortality and our attachment to our continuation as a permanent and independently existing entity.
Early bird rate ends December 28, 6 pm.
Read more and register…

Day of Practice and Meditation at Olmo Ling Sunday December 27

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 (on your own) from 12:30 until 2 pm. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Ling are always appreciated.

Details: Sunday, December 27, 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.

Please check the website for weather related cancellations.

Thank you for your support for the earthquake victims in Nepal

This project is now closed.

Update November 20: We would like to thank you again for your generous support for the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25. With your help we have been able to provide tents, blankets, mattresses, food and water to more than 1,200 villagers near the epicenter of the earthquake. We have also dispensed water and medical supplies to hospitals in Kathmandu. The last three months our efforts have focused on helping young families in Kathmandu and in the larger area affected by the earthquake. Tempa Lama reviewed the situation on the ground during his extended stay in Nepal and personally directed support toward young families to help them resettle and stabilize their lives. Read more about our team’s efforts to help the earthquake victims…

We are now closing the earthquake relief campaign and will no longer be accepting donations. Please visit our website in the future to learn more about new efforts that we are building now, aiming to provide access to education to Nepal’s children.


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 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.

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.

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 in the second year of the nursing school program 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.

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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.

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.