Olmo Ling Bon Center Weekly Schedule

Schedule-2016

Location and Directions

Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. Click here for directions. Please arrive 5 minutes early for the meditation and weekly teachings. Our meditation sessions are open to all. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to support this beautiful temple and community. Please note that Saturday meditation will not meet during in-house weekend Retreats.

Tuesday evening meditation and Dharma talk with Tempa Dukte Lama

This is a great opportunity to meet Tempa Dukte Lama and to hear and experience the Bon teachings and meditation. Everyone is welcome. Some Tuesday evening talks are given by guest speakers, please see our front page.

Meditation instruction and introduction to the Bon tradition with Tempa Dukte Lama

Offered every 1st Thursday of the month by appointment. If you are new to meditation or to the Bon tradition, we invite you to join us for the Meditation Instruction and Introduction to Bon. While there is no charge for the meditation insruction, please plan to offer a donation (in the temple donation bowl). Registration by email at bon@olmoling.org is required.

The Healing Practice of Sidpa Gyalmo

Offered every first Wednesday of the month. Tempa Dukte Lama leads the healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo, the chief protector of the Bon tradition. This healing practice ritual helps us to connect with the innate potential of healing within each one of us.

Ngondro Practice

The Ngondro practice, called preliminary or foundational practices, is for practitioners who have received the Ngondro dzogchen teachings and transmission. Guided by senior student Jim DelBianco, it is held every Tuesday evening prior to the weekly dharma talk by Tempa Dukte Lama.


Day of Meditation: October 22

The day of meditation is offered each month and is open to all levels of practitioners as well as non-practitioners. The time will be spent in silent meditation. The day is divided into 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute break. You are invited to stay for as long as you desire. You can sit on a cushion, in a chair, stand or any other position that works best for you. The day starts at 9:00 and ends at 5:00. Lunch is from 12:30 to 2:00 and is on your own.

Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Long are always appreciated.

Upcoming Day of Meditation: Sunday August 27

The Day of Meditation is guided by Olmo Ling chant leader Jim DelBianco. If you have any questions email Jim at sangha@olmoling.org. Please check the website for weather related cancellations.


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Olmo Ling Youth Sangha upcoming program September 22

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.

FALL 2017 DATES AND PROGRAMS:

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.

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.

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