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.


Evening talk with Tempa Lama: Skillful Means – The Unification of Compassion and Wisdom, July 28

Join us for this evening talk with Tempa Lama, entitled “Skillful Means, the unification of compassion and wisdom”. This talk is part of a special series of evening talks with Tempa Lama on the practice of the Ten Perfections. The Ten Perfections are the heart practices of compassionate beings through which we awaken our mind, speech and body and bring inexhaustible miracles into our lives. Through the Ten Perfections we first nurture our innate awakened qualities. Once our practice bears fruit, the Perfections become the skillful means to benefit all beings including ourselves. Skillful Means is the ninth perfection.

Skillful means are a method through which we can transform our conditioning and free ourselves and others from pain and suffering. Skillful means are the Buddha way. The practice of skillful means enables us to open the door of our heart and mind to each moment.

Read more about Tempa Lama’s book “Inexhaustible Miracles” on the practice of the Ten Perfections here.

All are welcome to the weekly Tuesday evening meditation and talk at Olmo Ling. If you are new to Olmo Ling, please feel invited to join us! There is no need to have attended any of the prior talks in this series. The Tuesday evening program is offered free of charge, donations are warmly welcome to help us sustain our temple.

Details: “Skillful Means, the unification of compassion and wisdom” with Tempa Lama, Tuesday July 28, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


Please join us for this special and precious empowerment. The powerful blessings of the Longevity Empowerment of Tsewang Rigzin support us in achieving a long life and healing the connection between mind, body, and soul.

Tempa Lama especially encourages you to attend this precious empowerment as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He invited Geshe Yangton thinking of the wellbeing of his students and the community here in Pittsburgh. Please bring your children, family and friends (children attend for free).

The great master of Bon, Tsewang Rigzin, is considered the main long life deity of Yungdrung Bon. Master Tsewang Rigzin taught that clearing the soul of negative influences helps increase our life span, heals the soul, and helps us live a happy life.

Geshe Yangtön Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche is a descendent of the esteemed Yangtön lineage whose history is closely interwoven with the history of Yungdrung Bön itself. He is the abbot of the Yangtön monastery, in Upper Dolpo, Nepal. Geshe Yangton travels internationally to give teachings and empowerments.

Read more and register….


Sponsorship of the ritual prayers for the Longevity Empowerment

We offer the opportunity for anyone to sponsor a portion of the Longevity Empowerment. The extensive preparatory prayers for the empowerment will be conducted by Rinpoche together with Tempa Lama and Yangton Geshe Tenzin, who is also a member of the Yangton lineage and will accompany Rinpoche. This special empowerment helps increase our life span, heals the soul, and helps us live a happy life. Your donation will be specially dedicated to the longevity, happiness and wellbeing of your family and friends as well as all sentient beings.

To donate by check, please send a check marked “Longevity empowerment” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. For questions, contact Susan at bon@olmoling.org, 412 904 1112.

Upcoming Retreat with Tempa Lama at Yeru Bon Los Angeles

Generating the Heart and Mind of Awakening – The Seven Limbs of Cause and Effect

Yeru Bon Los Angeles
Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 10am-3pm

IMPORTANT: Please register before August 1 to help us plan and ensure that seats are left

The heart and mind of awakening is the aspiration to benefit all beings in every moment of our life. It is the quality of compassion and wisdom that feels the pain and needs of others and aspires to be free in order to help others find liberation. The mind of awakening is the heart essence of the Bon teachings. Tempa Lama will teach a powerful practice for cultivating the mind of awakening through the seven limbs of cause and effect. He will guide us through this practice and give essential instructions.

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An Evening with Tempa Lama at Yeru Bon Los Angeles

Friday August 21, 7-9pm
Dika Ryan, 1977 N. New Hampshire Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027

IMPORTANT: Please register before August 1 to help us plan and to ensure that there are seats left

Tempa Lama will read excerpts and discuss his book Heart Drop of the Loving Mother.

In Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Tempa Dukte Lama opens the door to the practice of embodying the Great Loving Mother 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. She is the awakened nature of all beings. Through these qualities, the Loving Mother nurtures all beings without hindrance.

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.

Read more about this free event…

Upcoming retreat with Tempa Lama in Minneapolis: The Healing Practice of Sidpa Gyalmo

Yeru Bon Center Minneapolis

Open House Fri Aug. 14, 7–9pm.
Retreat: Sat. Aug. 15 10am-5pm, Sun. Aug. 16, 10am-3pm

Contemplative healing practices help us to recognize that we are all gifted with the primordial wisdom of healing. In the Tibetan Bon tradition, practices to help us connect with the innate potential of healing have been done for thousands of years. In this special Weekend Retreat, Tempa Lama will offer instructions and transmission of the traditional Bon healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo, the chief protector of the Bon tradition. Through the healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo we can clear both physical illness and disturbances in our mind and feelings. The practice opens us to our innate potential to heal ourselves and to help others heal.

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New cycle of A Khrid Dzogchen teachings with Tempa Lama to begin in fall 2015

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

Held at Sequanota Center, Boswell, PA

Join us for this special retreat to receive the first part of the transmission and instruction of the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen teachings from Tempa Lama. 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 further attain stabilization of this recognition. The Bon A Khrid teachings consist of three teachings cycles. Attendance of Part I 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.

This 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.

More info and registration…

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

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 in the hardest hit villages and 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. Tempa Lama and the ground team in Nepal will continue to assess the situation and adjust our efforts in order to help as directly and effectively as possible.

Project 1: 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.

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!


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…

Day of Practice and Meditation at Olmo Ling

The Day of Practice and Meditation is offered every last Sunday and is open to all levels of practitioners and non­practitioners. The day will be spent in silent meditation, prayer and chanting. Texts will be provided. The day is divided into sessions – see schedule below. You can attend as many as you want. Each session is followed by a 15 minute break. Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmoling are always appreciated.

Venue: Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

The sessions will be guided by Jim DelBianco. If you have any questions email him at sangha@olmoling.org

9-9:45 ­ Silent Meditation
10-10:45 ­ 3 Heart Mantra
11-11:45 ­ Silent Meditation
11:45-1:15 ­ Lunch on your own
1:15-2 ­ Silent Meditation
2:15-3 ­ Longevity Practice
3:15-4 ­ Silent Meditation
4:15-5 ­ 100 Syllable Mantra, Aspirational Prayers and Dedication

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.

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 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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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.


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.