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.


The 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program is now online

We invite you to view the 2018 Olmo Ling Retreat Program which is now online! Our 2018 program is tailored to address the needs of both newer community members and more senior students. The offering for newer community members includes daylong retreats on meditation and on the symbols and iconography of the Bon tradition, as well as a Ngondro retreat. Everyone including senior students will benefit from retreats offering the teaching and transmission of Chod, Phowa practice, as well as a retreat on Dzogchen and Shikantaza with Tempa Lama and Zen priest Catherine Gammon. Tempa Lama’s expanded travel schedule with teachings in New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, as well as international teachings in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium will help our wider community stay in touch.

Tempa Lama will also offer the teaching and transmission of the Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Part I at Alma Yoga in Hancock, NY, and will guide a 3-day Dzogchen meditation retreat in November in the Laurel Highlands.


The Meaning of Bon Symbolism: A Daylong Workshop with Tempa Lama

Saturday February 17, 2018, 9:30am-5pm
Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

In this daylong workshop, Tempa Lama will give an introduction to the Bon iconography and the symbols we use in creating a temple space. He will explain the symbolic meaning of the objects and ritual instruments at Olmo Ling temple, as well as the Thangka paintings such as the Refuge tree. He will also offer teachings on the importance of an altar, how to set up an altar, and the requirements for setting up an altar or temple.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning about and understanding the symbols and sacred objects of Bon. It is suited for both those who are new to Bon as well as for senior students.

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Bon Chod Practice Retreat: The Laughter of the Dakinis

With Tempa Dukte Lama

Fri March 16, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Sat March 17, 9:30am-5pm and Sun March 18, 10am-1pm

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

This special retreat is an opportunity to learn the Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is practiced weekly on Saturday mornings at Olmo Ling. ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ is a powerful Bon practice that combines chanting accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum with visualization.

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 ego-grasping, attachment to our physical body and the five aggregates of form, feelings, perception, mental formations, and consciousness, afflicted emotions and habits, and our fear of mortality.

The Retreat will combine detailed instruction and guided practice. No previous familiarity with Chod is needed. A limited number of traditional Tibetan hand-drums (Damarus) handmade in Nepal will be available for sale at the retreat.

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Bon Ngondro Retreat: Teachings and Transmission with Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday May 12, 2018, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday May 13, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tempa Lama will offer the teaching and transmission of Bon Ngondro practice. Bon Ngondro is the practice that opens our mind and heart toward realization on the Path of Transformation and the Path of Self-Realization. Ngondro is of tremendous benefit to our life. It helps us build a deeper connection with our spiritual teachers and cultivate the mind and heart of awakening, the motivation to benefit all beings. Ngondro is a powerful practice for purifying karmic tendencies and negativities. By cleansing our body, speech, and mind Ngondro prepares us to recognize our true nature.

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Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling – Sunday February 25

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.

Olmo Ling Youth Sangha – Friday February 23


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.

Upcoming dates
  • Friday, February 23
  • Friday, March 23
  • Friday, April 27
  • Friday, May 25

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.

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!


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.