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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.

Learn more about Olmo Ling… or subscribe to our mailing list.

Due to the ongoing Covid-2019 epidemic, Olmo Ling is currently offering exclusively online programs. Visit the Olmo Ling teaching and retreat schedule for 2020 to view upcoming programs. Olmo Ling online store remains operational. We are able to ship quickly!


Tuesday July 21: free evening talk via Zoom with Geshe Chhembel Gurung

Please join us tonight Tuesday July 21 at 7pm Eastern Time for the weekly evening talk. This time, Geshe Chhembel Gurung will offer the evening talk with a translation by Tempa Lama. Geshe Chhembel will talk about understanding our mind and how to pacify the five poisons of ignorance, desire-attachment, anger, jealousy and pride. 

To attend, you will need to download zoom, which is free and the installation is an easy, quick procedure. You do not need a zoom account, simply click on the zoom link to open the live streaming.

Join the evening talk via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 143 923 353.

The weekly evening talks at Olmo Ling are offered free of charge. We would be grateful for a donation of any amount to help us maintain Olmo Ling during this time of limited operations. We also want to invite you to consider becoming a member of Olmo Ling with a recurring monthly or annual donation. Members receive a 10% discount on retreats and teachings held at Olmo Ling or at the Tibet House NY, as well as Thank You gifts (depending on membership level). Thank you, and may you and your family remain healthy and well!


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Download the prayers for Tuesday evening and for your daily practice below:


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New Saturday teaching series with Tempa Lama via Zoom

Saturday July 18, July 25 and August 1, 10:30am-12pm ET via Zoom

Tempa Lama will be offering a teaching on the Three Heart Mantras of Bon, the practices of Sa Le Od, Ma Tri, and Du Tri Su. The Three Heart Mantras are the heart essence of the teaching of the Tonpa Shenrab, the Awakened One who founded the Tibetan Bon tradition approximately eighteen thousand years ago. Tonpa Shenrab taught these mantras to give people a practice that has the power to liberate simply by hearing or reciting it, seeing or touching it, or contemplating it.

The Du Tri Su mantra is a powerful practice for transforming obstacles and clearing the conditions of the lower realms. It is also used for physical healing and the healing of relationships, and to guide the souls of the deceased and help them find peace and wellbeing. The Ma Tri is the mantra of compassion. This mantra is a powerful practice for clearing and healing emotional difficulties and transforming the five poisons of anger, greed, ignorance, jealousy and envy into the five wisdoms. The mantra also has the power to clear the karmic conditions that cause us to be reborn in cyclic existence within the six realms. The heart essence of the practice of Sa Le Od is to realize the true nature of the mind with respect to the base, path, and fruit. The base is the Dharmakaya or truth body. The path is the Sambhogakaya or enjoyment body. The fruit is the Nirmanakaya or emanation body.

  • Saturday July 18: The Du Tri Su mantra practice
  • Saturday July 25: The Ma Tri mantra practice
  • Saturday August 1: The Sa Le Od mantra practice

Pre-registration is required for this free zoom teaching. We humbly request your support in continuing to offer the precious teachings of Bon free of charge. We would be grateful for a donation of any amount to help us maintain Olmo Ling during this time of limited operations. We also want to invite you to consider becoming a member of Olmo Ling with a recurring monthly or annual donation. To thank Tempa Lama for these teachings with a donation, please click here. Thank you for your generosity, and may you and your family remain healthy and well!



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Three Heart Mantra meditation manual – second edition released

We just released the second revised edition of Tempa Lama’s meditation manual on the Three Heart Mantras. Available as spiral-bound hardcopy from our online store or as Kindle book here.

The 48 page booklet includes a richly illustrated explanation of the deities of the Three Heart Mantra practice. Tempa Lama explains the preliminary practices as well as the generation and completion stage of this practice and how to overcome obstacles to our practice. He then explains the meaning of each of the three heart mantras and the visualization in detail. Pictures of the mantras and seed syllables are also included. This second expanded edition also includes an explanation of the thirty-two benefits of the Ma Tri practice as given by the Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab and later the compassionate being Tobu Bum Sang.



Journey into Buddhahood book study group – continued Sunday July 19

With Iris Grossmann, every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 10:30-11:45am ET via Zoom

Kindle version of Journey now available here

Tempa Lama’s fourth book, Journey into Buddhahood, offers a profound guide to attaining full liberation according to the Bon Sutra path, the path of compassionate beings. This journey begins with the aspiration to attain awakening in order to help all sentient beings gain freedom from cyclic existence. The journey consists of five successive paths: the Paths of Accumulation, Application, Seeing, Meditation, and No More Learning. Journey into Buddhahood offers a detailed explanation of the two delusions of affliction and intellect that obscure our true nature, and how we can gradually transcend them through our practice on the five successive paths.

Iris has studied closely with Tempa Lama for the past sixteen years and has assisted in editing and preparing his five books and practice booklets and handouts. She feels particularly connected to the Sutra teachings underlying Journey into Buddhahood and has been studying them closely. Tempa Lama previously encouraged her to share her understandings in weekly evening talks at Olmo Ling temple when he was unavailable due to travel. Given the current shutdown, he encouraged Iris to start a study group. The study group will begin with the first chapter of Journey into Buddhahood and we will gradually work through the following chapters. Each session will begin with a 30-40 minute review and reflections on the meaning of the text offered by Iris. Then we will all share our questions, thoughts and insights. We are a small international group and are enjoying the process of building a good new connection with each other.

If you did not join for the first session, you are welcome to join the group at a later date. July 19 will explore the Mind of Awakening (chapter 2).

Read more here…


Monthly Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group – July 19, 4-6pm

We continue to meet via Zoom due to Coronavirus safety measures

The Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group is offered the first and third Sunday every month via Zoom. This practice group will be led by Bob Marin. Dzogchen is usually translated as the ‘Great Perfection’. Dzogchen is a view and path of spiritual realization that guides us to directly recognize our Buddha nature, that is the qualities and capacities present in all of us that are realized by enlightened beings.

Our sittings will be traditional and non-traditional. Traditional is an overarching to realize the view, meditation and action of Dzogchen. We are blessed to be able to study and practice with the support and guidance of Tempa Lama. Our approach to Dzogchen will reflect the A Khrid Dzogchen as taught by Tempa Lama and the Bon lineage teachers, and may draw on readings from other Dzogchen traditions as well, including teachings by the American-born Lama Surya Das who guided the earlier Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh.

This monthly practice group is open to all and offered free of charge (donations are appreciated). To register or for questions, please contact Bob Marin.



Sidpa Gyalmo practice resources

  • Recording of Tempa Lama chanting the Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Practice liturgy
  • Recording of Tempa Lama chanting the Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Waters Practice liturgy
  • Recording of Tempa Lama chanting the Sidpa Gyalmo Longevity & Prosperity practice
  • A booklet by Tempa Lama with an explanation of the symbolic meaning of the Sidpa Gyalmo and Yeshe Walmo visualization, detailed instructions of the healing practice, an explanation of the Bon approach to healing, color pictures of Sidpa Gyalmo and Yeshe Walmo, and the practice liturgy of both the Healing Practice and the Healing Waters Practice is available from our store here. We are able to ship quickly and now offer lower First Class shipping rates for domestic and international orders.


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New book release: Thrul Khor – Ancient Tibetan Bon Yoga

By Tempa Dukte Lama

Olmo Ling Publications, August 2019
Paperback, 272 pp., $23.95

Now available at the Olmo Ling bookstore

Thrul Khor is an ancient Tibetan practice that employs breathing, physical movement, visualization, and deep meditative awareness as a path of harmonizing the body, mind, and energy, and ultimately attaining awakening. In this first comprehensive English-language guide to Bon Thrul Khor, Tempa Dukte Lama offers step-by-step instructions for 85 practices according to the A Khrid, Ma Gyud (Mother Tantra), and Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud cycles of Bon Thrul Khor, supported by 499 photographs. He also explains the benefits of the Thrul Khor practices for our spiritual path and for our physical health and wellbeing.

Thrul Khor works with our mind, body, and energy to support us in stabilizing our understanding. The pure energy of awareness appears in the five colors, the energetic expression of the Five Wisdoms: Wisdom of Emptiness, Mirror-like Wisdom, Wisdom of Equanimity, Wisdom of Discernment, and All-accomplishing Wisdom. The innate essence of the five elements manifests from these five colors. Within the body, the five elements are expressed as flesh, blood, metabolic heat, breath, and mind. When we purify these five aspects through Thrul Khor, we will experience the true essence of the elements, which is the innate luminosity or innate awareness. Ultimately, the rainbow body can be attained.

The book includes the Tsa Lung prayers in English and Tibetan as well as guidelines for an intensive 100-day Thrul Khor retreat.

Order your copy now!



Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha – date to be announced

A new date will be announced once we re-open following the current Coronavirus outbreak

One of the most renowned practices in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon is the making of sand mandalas which represent the impermanence of all things. Although we obviously don’t have time to construct an authentic one in an hour, we will collaborate to construct a nature mandala of seasonal greenery, pebbles, twigs, and seashells in addition to colored sand. After completing this family-friendly community activity, we will brush it away to foster non-attachment.

The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha is offered monthly on Fridays from 6:30-8PM.
Please note that this is a half hour later start time than previous years.

Venue: Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. This program is offered free of charge. We appreciate donations to help us cover material expenses.

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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 ages birth to teens, and newcomers are always warmly welcome. Children over age 5 may be dropped off, although parents generally stay to share this time with their children and fellowship with other families. For children 5 and under, we request that a guardian remain and participate. Gatherings include a snack, meditation, mantras, and an art activity such as calligraphy, music & literature or discussions and service projects.

Although we are based in the Tibetan Bon tradition, we have been expanding activities to include more traditions and Youth Sangha is appropriate for all Buddhists as well as other wisdom traditions. Dharma is for everyone, so please share this invitation with others, especially if you belong to another Sangha! While there is no charge for any of the activities, contributing to the shared snack (all nut & peanut free) is always appreciated and there is a bowl for donations to Olmo Ling right inside the door, but please never let any of those requests be a hindrance to joining us!

Please make sure to RSVP with the Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss at earthmom3@comcast.net 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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Recap: visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargyal to Olmo Ling this past summer

We are deeply honored to have hosted His Holiness the 34th Menri Trizin as part of his first world tour. Following the passing of the late 33rd Menri Trizin last fall, Geshe Dawa Dhargyal was determined as the new spiritual head of Bon and Abbot of Menri on January 1, 2018 through an intensive weeklong prayer ritual conducted by Bon nuns and monks from across Asia.

His Holiness offered a public talk Awakening the Heart of Compassion, at the First Unitarian Church, a daylong teaching on the Loving Mother Sherab Jamma at Olmo Ling, and the Mawe Senge wisdom deity empowerment at Olmo Ling. He joined a benefit dinner for the nuns and children at Menri Monastery. His Holiness also visited the Mayor’s office and the Art in the Garden children’s program offered by OMA Pittsburgh.

Read more about His Holiness’ visit in the post-event newsletter and in an article in the Post Gazette.



Monthly Day of Practice: Date to be announced

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 of Practice begins at 9am and ends at 4pm.

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

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 cancellations.



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.

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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. Journey into Buddhahood is available as a paperback from our store here. It is also available as a Kindle book from Amazon.
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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.