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 Zen priest Catherine Gammon: Thinking Not Thinking – Tuesday October 17

Please join us this Tuesday, October 17, for a special evening talk with Zen priest Catherine Gammon, entitled “Thinking Not Thinking”. Catherine will talk about Zen master Dogen’s Fukanzazengi, a short text giving instructions and encouragement for the practice of zazen. Catherine is a fiction writer and a Soto Zen priest. Ordained a priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in 2005, she has trained for twelve years in residence at San Francisco Zen Center. Before beginning her period of residential Zen training, Catherine taught on the MFA faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Her novel Sorrow (2013) was a final nominee for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991 by Mercury House, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Since serving as Shuso at Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm in 2010, Catherine has given teachings in Zen and writing in the U.K., in Brooklyn, in Pittsburgh, in Massachusetts, and at SFZC’s Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

We will be offering evening talks with senior students through the end of the month while Olmo Ling founder and resident teacher Tempa Lama travels in Nepal. Lama Tempa is leading the Humla Medical Service trip (offered by Humla Fund) with Heidi Harding and Tim Aitken.

  • Oct. 17: Zen teacher Catherine Gammon
  • Oct. 24: Jim DelBianco
  • Oct. 31: Iris Grossmann
  • Nov. 7: Welcome back to Tempa Lama!

The Tuesday evening program includes chanting, silent meditation, and a Bon Buddhist talk. This program is offered free of charge (donations welcome) and is open to anyone, newcomers welcome!

Time and venue: Tuesday October 17, 7-8:15pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Offer a donation to the Kunrig funeral ritual prayers for His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin

His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima, spiritual head of the Bon tradition, left his physical body at the age of 89 and entered great nirvana on September 14 at 6:25pm.

His Holiness has given a lifetime of service to rebuilt the Bon tradition in exile following the events of 1959, including the establishment of Menri Monastery, the Bon Dialectic School where monks can obtain a Geshe (Bon doctor of philosophy) degree, and the Bon Children’s Home. We invite you to read more about His Holiness’ life and work here.

Please help us offer a donation for the Kunrig funeral ritual prayers that will be held at Menri Monastery, India, for His Holiness on October 2nd, 2017, as the culmination of a 49 day prayer service. You can donate securely online below or mail a check marked “His Holiness” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Connecting with the awakened mind of His Holiness during this time has very deep merit. We encourage you to dedicate the merit of your prayers and well wishes to the wellbeing of all beings.

Shenlhaodkar-2 Fri. Nov. 17, 10am through Sun. Nov. 19, 2pm. Sequanota Center, Boswell, PA

Join us for this special practice retreat on the Heart Essence of the A Khrid Dzogchen, guided by Tempa Dukte Lama. This retreat is a special opportunity to spend three days in meditation to work on directly recognizing the mind’s innate purity and stabilizing this recognition. Most of the time participants will be doing practice. Tempa Lama will review the instructions but he will not be giving teachings so that participants can focus deeply on their practice. In the early mornings and evenings Tempa Lama will be available for individual meetings to discuss your practice.

The retreat will be held in the tranquil settings of Sequanota Center on 395 acres of forested land with many streams and creeks. Sequanota – or ‘Land of Many Waters’ – is located in a secluded location in the Laurel Highlands of south-central Pennsylvania, about 1.5 h southeast of Pittsburgh.

Attendance of at least the Part I A Khrid Dzogchen Retreat is required to attend this retreat. If you have received the A Khrid teachings from other Bon lamas, you may also attend.

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 A Khrid lineage transmission of Dzogchen has been transmitted without interruption from master to student over many centuries, dating back from His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin (who gave this teaching to Tempa Lama) to the Great Master rMe’u dGongs-mdzod (1038-1096), and before him to Tonpa Shenrab, the founding teacher of Bon.

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The reprint of Tempa Lama’s first book The Intimate Mind: Illuminating Emotion and Transformation is underway! We offer a free signed copy to donors giving at least $25 for this reprint.

In the Intimate Mind, Tempa Lama offers a deeply compassionate guide to transforming our emotions and our mind and accessing our innate wisdom.

“A guide to help those on the path of awakening to understand that intimacy means allowing for the possibility to become one with the object we engage with, and that in that oneness, there are no possibilities for distraction, attachment, chaos, fear, or judgment. This is where compassion resides.”

- His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin

We will send your signed copy to the billing address associated with the donation – if you would like it sent to a different address or would like to gift your book to a friend, just email us the name and address! If you have made a larger donation and would like to receive additional copies (sent to yourself or friends), just email us.

You can donate securely online below or send a check marked “Intimate Mind” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your generosity!

Olmo Ling Youth Sangha – upcoming gathering on September 22


The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha meets once a month (during the regular school year) 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 make sure you 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.


9/22/2017 - This week we hear a tale from China “The Dream of the Butterfly” which highlights the subjective nature of perception in a child-friendly story. Students will then make butterfly shadow puppets and use them to create scenes in small groups.

10/13/2017- This session will focus on the meanings of the elements on the altar of our Bon temple and children will then make hand-rolled beeswax candles that they can put on their own altar, nature table or other personal sacred space at home.

11/10/2017- Movie Night! in addition to coloring mandalas, we will watch the documentary The Wheel of Time about the making, and destroying a Kalachakra sand mandala., the ultimate symbol of impermanence.

12/15/2017- The last class of the season will focus on prayer flags, their meaning and symbolism. Students will print some flags to later be sewn together to sell to raise money for children at Menri Monastery and we will each write our names on the appropriate color for our birth year (and those of loved ones) on a completed string to hang outside to carry our good wishes to all beings.

Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling – Sunday, October 22

The Day of Meditation and Practice is offered each month and is open to all. The temple will be open from 9 am until 4 pm. Lunch break from 12:30 until 2:00. Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Ling are always appreciated.

If you have any questions contact Jim DelBianco at delbiancojim@gmail.com.

Please check the website for possible cancellations.


Support the Music for Menri Project

Directed by senior student 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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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.

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.