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.

More about Olmo Ling… or visit the 2019 teaching and retreat schedule.


Chang Bu Gyatsa Chod Healing Ritual with Tempa Lama – Saturday December 14

Saturday December 14, 9:30am-1pm, Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Please join us to experience the healing power of the Chang Bu Gyatsa prayer ritual performed by Tempa Dukte Lama and senior students. The Chang Bu Gyatsa prayer ritual opens the possibility of deep healing of our body, mind, and soul. The ritual has the power to clear karmic obscurations that restrict our happiness, prosperity, health and longevity, or that lead to misfortune and difficulties in our family relationships. We are offering this ritual shortly before the end of the year to help clear obstacles and invite blessings, healing, and prosperity for the coming year 2020.

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Supporting the ritual prayers

If you cannot personally attend the prayer ritual, we invite you to make a donation and thereby partake in the blessings and merit of this ritual. You can also dedicate your donation to family members and friends in need. Donate online here or read more about the healing ritual here.


Heart Drop of the Loving Mother with Tempa Lama

Boston Center for Contemplative Practice
796 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Friday December 6, 7-9pm and Saturday December 7, 10am-5pm.

We are delighted that Tempa Lama will be offering teachings on the Great Loving Mother of Wisdom, Sherab Jamma, in Boston. The Loving Mother is the awakened nature of all beings. She is the source of all wisdom and compassion. Known as “Sherab Jamma”, she is also considered the highest deity of the Tibetan Bon tradition. In this retreat Tempa Lama will speak about the two inherent aspects of the Great Loving Mother: wisdom and compassion. The wisdom aspect of the Loving Mother helps us discern and find skillful means. The compassionate aspect helps us fulfill the needs of the self and others.

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Bon A Khrid Dzogchen Transmission and Practice Part I with Tempa Dukte Lama

Fri. Nov. 15, 10am through Sun. Nov. 17, 2pm, Sequanota Center, Boswell, PA

This retreat is full.However, if you are interested to participate, please let us know in case there is a cancellation.

We are excited that Tempa Dukte Lama will begin a new cycle of the A Khrid Dzogchen teachings this fall. Join us 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 attain stabilization of this recognition. Tempa Lama received these teachings directly from the late His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin in an extended one-on-one teaching. This retreat is a special opportunity to directly recognize the mind’s innate purity. The retreat will combine teachings and dialogue with time spent in contemplation to deepen our experience.

The Bon A Khrid teachings consist of three retreats. Attendance of this Part I retreat is required to attend the Part II and III teachings in 2020. This year Tempa Lama will focus on teaching the Nyoshi through his vivid fresh understanding and experience. Nyoshi is the actual practice of the A Khrid Dzogchen including the pointing out of the nature of the mind.

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Thrul Khor Tibetan Yoga practice on Thursday evenings with Jason T Campbell

Thursday November 7, 14 and 21 from 7-8pm at Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Senior student Jason T Campbell will continue offering evening sessions of Thrul Khor Tibetan yoga practice at Olmo Ling. Each session will start with the prayer of the Thrul Khor lineage masters and a brief meditation. Jason will then guide the group through the preliminary practices of Tsa Lung for about 30 minutes. The session will conclude with a short rest period and chanting the Three Heart Mantras of Bon.

Through the practice of Thrul Khor we clear our mind and retain its clarity and insight. Tibetan Yoga practice can clear conditioning that cause disturbances and imbalances in the threefold humors of wind, bile and phlegm and thus helps us maintain a healthy body. No prior knowledge of Thrul Khor is required. The Tsa Lung practices are gentle and suited to practitioners at all levels.

While all sessions are open to all, we encourage you to commit to attending from the first session. This will make it possible for the successive sessions to build on each other and let the group practice progress.


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.

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Monthly Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group

Olmo Ling is pleased to announce the start of a monthly Dzogchen practice group, starting Sunday, October 20, from 4:30-6:00 pm at Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. 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).

Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha – October 25

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.


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

Upcoming dates

9/27/19: We will start the season of Youth Sangha off with an introduction to mindfulness and basic sitting meditation in addition to reciting our wisdom deity mantra. Our contemplative art activity will be making malas, beaded bracelets traditionally used to count mantras, but also a great tool for children to use to count breaths when learning to self-regulate.

10/25/19: In the ancient Bon tradition there are many traditional dances that are performed in beautiful costumes and symbolic masks. We will watch videos of some authentic dances performed at Menri monastery then make our own paper masks of Chitipati skeletons, ancient Tibetan characters with an interesting story. Similar to the imagery of the upcoming dia de los Muertos, they teach us that death is not final or fearsome.

11/22/19: For this special session of Youth Sangha, we will have a guest teacher, J.T. Campbell, a senior student of Tempa Lama who assisted greatly with the recently published book Thrul Khor-Ancient Tibetan Bon Yoga. 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. No previous experience is necessary to try this unique form of yoga.

12/20/19: This special Youth Sangha will be a sort of Winter Solstice holiday party with Jamie Christian of Lettuce Turnip the Beet Community and School Garden Assoc. (and long-time YS parent) guiding us in preparing traditional Tibetan momos, or dumplings, to share after we cook them along with any other treats the community wants to bring as a pot luck.

1/18/20: 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.


Visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye to Olmo Ling

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: Sunday January 12

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.


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.