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.

Evening talk with Tempa Lama, Tuesday July 16

Join us for the weekly evening meditation and talk with Tempa Lama. This event is part of our regular weekly schedule and is offered free of charge. Donations are welcome.

Details: Meditation and evening talk with Tempa Lama, Tuesday July 16, 7-8:15pm. Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217.


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

We are deeply honored to be hosting 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 following an intensive weeklong prayer ritual conducted by Bon nuns and monks from across Asia. We are deeply honored that His Holiness will visit Olmo Ling on his first visit to the US since his enthronement.

Please join us for this precious opportunity to spend time with His Holiness and build a connection with the worldwide spiritual leader of Tibet’s ancient Bon tradition. If you require accommodations, we provide a list of local accommodations near Olmo Ling Bon Center.

Register for a package of all events with His Holiness

You can register for a package consisting of the public talk and blessing, the daylong teaching, and the empowerment on Sunday here. Since benefit dinner tickets are on a sliding scale, you will need to register for the dinner separately.


Help us support the children and nuns at Menri Monastery

His Holiness has designated that the proceeds of his tour will support the children and nuns at Menri Monastery, India. Menri is providing education and a safe home to 350 children. The children are typically from the Tibetan borderlands, from poor families, or Tibetan refugees or orphans. The Redna Menling nunnery at Menri offers nuns the same educational opportunities as the monks at Menri. These nuns truly embody the female lineage of Bon.

We need your help in making an offering to His Holiness for the nuns and children. Your donation will truly make a difference – just $200 support a nun or child for 6 months. Read more and make a donation.

Thank you for your generosity!


Public Talk and Blessing: Awakening the Heart of Compassion – Friday August 9, 7-8:30pm

His Holiness will give an inspirational talk on the essence of compassion and its importance in our lives. He will explain why compassion is the basic foundation of awakening our body, speech, and mind. Finally, he will explain how we can cultivate the heart and mind of compassion. Following the talk, His Holiness will offer individual blessings for your spiritual practice, and for healing, longevity and prosperity.

Held at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. Read more and register…

Teachings on the Loving Mother – Saturday August 10

His Holiness will be offering a daylong teaching on Sherab Jamma, the female Buddha of love and wisdom at Olmo Ling temple. Sherab Jamma is one of the four ‘Transcendental Lords’ of Bon and the highest deity of the Bon tradition. We are so fortunate to be able to receive this profound teaching on the Loving Mother and the Perfection of Wisdom from His Holiness. Read more and register…

Benefit Dinner – Saturday August 10

We warmly invite you to join us for this precious opportunity to spend time with His Holiness and build a connection with the worldwide spiritual leader of Tibet’s ancient Bon tradition. Your attendance at this benefit dinner will directly support the children and nuns at Menri Monastery, India. We will enjoy authentic Nepali entrees and desserts prepared by Uttam Tamang’s Nepali Asian Restaurant. The dinner combines an opportunity to spend time with His Holiness and to support Menri Monastery while meeting others from the Olmo Ling community and the wider Bon community.

Read more and register…

Mawe Senge Wisdom Deity Empowerment – Sunday August 11

His Holiness will offer the empowerment and blessing of the wisdom deity Sherab Mawe Senge at Olmo Ling temple. His Holiness is the 34th Abbot of Menri and spiritual head of Bon. Traditionally, the abbots of Menri are manifestations of Sherab Mawe Senge. Therefore, receiving this empowerment from His Holiness is especially powerful and holds a lot of merit. Tempa Lama would like to especially invite all his students and their family members, including children. Receiving this empowerment of the wisdom deity from His Holiness will have great benefits for you and your family for this life and for the future. Read more and register…


Heart Drop of the Loving Mother with Tempa Dukte Lama

The Boston Center For Contemplative Practice
796 Beacon St, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Friday July 26, 7-9pm and Saturday July 27, 10am-5pm

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 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.

Please register through the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice

Healing with the Five Elements – A Meditation Workshop with Tempa Dukte Lama in New York City

Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York NY 10027
Sponsored by Eight Branches Healing Arts

According to the Tibetan Bon tradition, our bodies are made of the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. During this workshop, we will learn the meditation, mantra and hand mudra for each of the elements. Tempa Lama will explain the role of the five elements in our lives and their relationship to the functioning and wellbeing of our bodies and minds. He will explain the benefits of this practice and how we can use it to strengthen our health and energy and to clear the five afflictions of ignorance, attachment, anger, pride and jealousy. He will also explain how to use the five elements practice to strengthen the La (soul), Sog (life force), and Tse (life span).

Following this teaching, there will be a monthly practice group for the Five Elements Practice forming in NYC.

Read more and register…

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

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.

Space for this residential 3-day retreat is limited. Read more and register…

Monthly Day of Practice: Sunday July 28, 2019

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.

Olmo Ling monthly Youth Sangha

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

12/14/18: 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.


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.