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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.

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Dzogchen & Shikantaza Retreat

With Tempa Dukte Lama and Soto Zen priest Catherine Gammon

Saturday August 18, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday August 19, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

This special retreat brings together Tibetan Bon Lama, Tempa Dukte Lama, and Soto Zen Priest, Catherine Gammon, to approach the true nature of the mind through the ancient Tibetan practice of Dzogchen and the Zen practice of Shikantaza.

Dzogchen is the practice of Open Presence. Openness reveals the nature of emptiness, or the interdependent nature of all beings. Presence reveals the true nature of awareness. This awareness is the key that establishes us into our true nature. Shikantaza is the Zen art of “just sitting,” a nondual objectless meditation. We sit, wholehearted, upright, awake and aware, in the stillness and silence of body and mind, allowing whatever comes to come—sensation, perception, thought—without engaging, without making objects and a self. Even when body and mind are noisy, we rest in the stillness and silence that are their non-duality, awake and aware.

This retreat will include teachings, dialogue, and time spent in meditation.

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Chod Practice, the Secret Laughter of the Dakinis and The Connected Universe film

Sunday, August 19, 1:30pm – 3:30pm – a free event sponsored by The Battle of Homestead Foundation

Please join us for this special event by the Battle of Homestead Foundation. “The Connected Universe” is a film of breakthrough scientific discoveries that reveal the physical connection between everything in the Universe and beyond imagination.

Malcom Carter’s film is an incredibly beautiful ode to the theory of the interconnection between all things that is both scientifically spellbinding and heart-warmingly inspirational. Read more here….

The film will be followed by a discussion and a presentation of the Bon Chod ritual: The Secret Laughter of the Dakinis with Tempa Dukte Lama and senior students.

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Venue: The Historic Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 15120 United States


Monthly Day of Meditation and Practice at Olmo Ling – Sunday August 26

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.

Donate to receive a signed copy of our new poetry book ‘The Joy of Being Alive’

20% of donations will support the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund

We are excited to be publishing our first poetry book The Joy of Being Alive with poems by Humli poet Sangram Lama. Sangram is a native of the Himalayan Humla Valley in Nepal. Till this day, Humla is secluded from the rest of the world with limited access to amenities and education. We hope that Sangram’s dedication to writing and publishing his poems will inspire the young generation in Humla. You can donate online here to support the release of The Joy of Being Alive. 20% of all donations will help children in Humla receive an education through the Olmo Ling Children’s Fund. In addition, any donor giving at least $25 will receive a free signed copy of The Joy of Being Alive!

We will mail your 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 at bon@olmoling.org.

You can donate securely online below or send a check marked “Joy of Being Alive” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support!



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.



Olmo Ling Youth Sangha – dates to be announced

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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.

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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.

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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 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.