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.


Join our Losar Celebration on Tuesday February 9!

Please join us for a joyful celebration of Losar – the Lunar New Year, which this year falls on Tuesday February 9. Tempa Lama will lead prayers to invite blessings and clear obstacles for this coming year. This will be followed by a reception with snacks and beverages. Please join us and bring your children and friends. Newcomers are warmly welcomed! If you like, please bring a dish to share.

Losar Celebration, Tuesday February 9, 7-8:30pm at Olmo Ling temple, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Evening course in Calm Abiding Meditation

With Ransom Towsley. Thursday March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24, from 7-8:30pm

Join this four-week course to learn Calm Abiding Meditation. 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.

There are many kinds of meditations from different traditions. Calm Abiding Meditation is a basic foundational meditation. In this course you will learn:

  • A brief history of Bon
  • Prerequisite requirements for meditation
  • Nine breaths of purification
  • Five-fold posture
  • Calm Abiding Meditation
  • How to overcome obstacles to meditation
  • Nine stages of stabilizing the mind
Instructor: Ransom Towsley has practiced meditation in different Buddhist and Eastern traditions for more than 20 years. He is a senior student of Tempa Lama and has received many transmissions from him, including the Calm Abiding Meditation Instructor training.

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Nyimakunkyap_temparinpoche-small Public talk: Friday, February 26, 7-8:15pm.
Retreat: Saturday, February 27, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday, February 28, 10am-1pm.

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

Join us for this special Retreat on a powerful ancient Bon practice that is rarely offered in the West. Led by two Tibetan Bon lamas, this ritual retreat is for anyone looking to restore, heal and nurture the strength and vibrancy of the soul and life force. If you cannot attend the full retreat, Geshe Kunkyap and Lama Tempa also offer a public talk (which serves as introduction to the retreat) on Friday, February 26, 7-8:15pm.

The soul is the pure strength of the internal elements. It supports and nurtures the connection between our life force and lifespan and the connection between the physical body and the mind. When the soul is weakened or disturbed, this affects our life force, body and mind and we become vulnerable to physical, mental, and emotional misfortunes. In some cases, untimely death or major disturbances in different aspects of our life situation can occur. The Awakened One, Tonpa Shenrab, founder of the Bon tradition, taught and implemented a powerful Bon ritual called bLa bsLu ‘Chi bsLu. This ritual has the power to retrieve and heal our soul and life force through ritual and the power of meditative absorption, prayers, mantras, and visualization. Join us to experience the blessings and power of this ancient ritual in your own life.

Early bird rate available through Monday February 15. 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. You can donate securely online here or by sending a check marked “Soul Retrieval” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


Olmo Ling Youth Sangha Program to resume February 19!

The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha will now be meeting once a month 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. 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.

Upcoming dates and activities (Fridays, 6-8pm):
Friday February 19- Tibetan calligraphy with Tempa Lama
Friday March 18- Lung-ta (prayer flag) making
Friday April 22- EARTH DAY- Torma making (sculptures for offerings on altar) followed by Buddhist talk by Kundol Rinpoche
Friday May 20- Exploration of Tibetan musical instruments

Being with Dying Workshop on Phowa Practice

Friday April 8, 7-8:30 PM, Saturday April 9, 9:30 AM-5 PM and Sunday April 10, 10am-1pm, Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Workshop co-sponsors: C.G. Jung Institute of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.
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We are happy to announce that Tempa Lama will be teaching the Tibetan meditation practice Phowa this spring. Please join us for this special retreat. Phowa is a path of liberation traditionally used by great masters to liberate the consciousness of self and other at the moment of death.

Phowa is the practice of transference of consciousness, which is performed when an individual approaches death or has passed. At the moment of death our body and consciousness separate. Through Phowa practice we help the consciousness of the deceased or dying person liberate. Phowa is also used to clear the causes of the six realms of existence, the karmic traces that bind us to the cyclic continuum of suffering, and to unify our mind with the primordial purity.

Tempa Lama will give the teaching and instruction on how to practice Phowa and how to clear the karmic conditioning associated with the six realms of rebirth. This retreat is part of the Olmo Ling series of four workshops on contemplative practices to prepare for death and support the dying. To attend this retreat it is NOT necessary to have attended any of the previous workshops in the series. Continuing educations credits are available.

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Sidpa Gyalmo Divination Retreat with Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday March 19, 9:30am-5pm with lunch break and Sunday March 20, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tempa Lama is offering this special retreat to teach the powerful divination practice of Sidpa Gyalmo. In Tibet, people have relied on utilizing divination or Mo throughout many centuries to help them make important decisions in their lives, be it about relationships and family, health, the purchase of land, work, new projects, or spiritual practice. Divination practice relies on the practitioner’s deep connection with a deity, typically a protector deity. Tempa Lama will teach the divination practice of Sidpa Gyalmo, the chief protector deity of Bon. In this practice the practitioner invokes the blessings of Sidpa Gyalmo as a means to assess the benefit of different choices.

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Series of evening talks with Tempa Lama: The Five Divine Energies of the Individual

Continued Tuesday, February 16, 7-8:15pm

Please join us for a special evening talk with Olmo Ling founder, Tempa Dukte Lama. Tempa Lama will continue talking about the five divine energies of the individual, beginning with a brief review for those who did not attend the previous talk. Tempa Lama will talk about how to balance and strengthen the five divine energies. He will explain how weaknesses and imbalances in the five energies will affect our life and wellbeing.

This talk is part of our regular weekly offering of a Tuesday evening meditation and talk. This weekly program is offered free of charge, all are welcome. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please feel warmly invited to join us this week!

Details: Meditation and Buddhist talk: “The Five Divine Energies of the Individual” with Tempa Lama. Tuesday February 16, 7-8:15pm.

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.

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.

Monthly Day of Practice and Meditation at Olmo Ling – February 21

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.

The next Day of Practice will be held on Sunday, February 21. 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. All remaining funds are being dispersed to ongoing work in the villages.

Update December 20: We would like to thank you again for your generous support for the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal this past April. With your help we have been able to reach out to the earthquake victim in three comprehensive phases of support.

During Phase I our team provided tents, blankets, mattresses, food and water to more than 1,200 villagers near the epicenter of the earthquake. We also dispensed water and medical supplies to hospitals in Kathmandu. During Phase II our efforts this fall 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. During Phase III our volunteer team is again visiting remote villages near Kathmandu to provide comforters so that villagers can stay warm during the cold season.

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. Our efforts are now shifting to the need to help children from impoverished families in Nepal attend school and vocational training. Tempa Lama has selected children that we plan to support based on individual needs and circumstances and the willingness and ability to study hard. Read more on the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund Page.

We sincerely thank you for your support.


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.


Visit of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin to the US in May 2016

Dzogchen Teaching hosted by Bon Shen Ling, May 27-30, 2016

Hanover Marriott, Whippany, New Jersey

We are happy to announce that His Holiness of Bon the Gyalwa Menri Wa will visit the US in 2016 to teach the concluding sections of the Ah-Tri (A-Khrid) Dzogchen text, which gives instruction on the mind and how to manage the mind processes in the three concluding aspects of Ah Tri Dzogchen: Semtri, Trekcho, and Thögal.

For more information and registration, please visit the Bon Shen Ling website.


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.