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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.

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





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Celebration of Buddha Tonpa Shenrab’s birthday with a talk on his life and teachings – Tuesday February 19

We cordially invite you to join us for celebrations and a special talk on the occasion of the birthday of Tonpa Shenrab, the Awakened One who is the founder of Bon. This year the birthday of Tonpa Shenrab falls on a Tuesday so that we are able to offer this celebration during our regularly scheduled Tuesday evening gathering.

The celebration will include a special talk about the life and teachings of Tonpa Shenrab. The talk and prayers will be followed by a reception with deserts. All are welcome to this joyful occasion, including children. Please bring family and friends! If you are new to Olmo Ling, please consider joining us!

Details: Celebration of Buddha Tonpa Shenrab’s birthday with a talk on his life and teachings
Tuesday February 19, 7-8:30pm

Beyond Mindfulness: The Nature of Consciousness

With Tempa Lama March 2-3 at Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling, Los Angeles

The ancient Tibetan Bön tradition has developed a psychologically sophisticated system of practices to understand and transform “afflicted states of mind” such as ignorance, greed, anger, and jealousy. This workshop will introduce participants to the Bön view of consciousness. Participants will study the arising of deluded perception and attendant affliction. We will then explore potential for psychological transformation based in a deeper understanding of consciousness, the conceptual mind, and mindfulness.

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Dream Yoga Retreat with Geshe Lodoe Choglek and Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday, April 6, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday April 7, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Two years ago Geshe Lodoe Choglek and Tempa Dukte Lama began teaching the fundamentals of Bon Dream Yoga. We are delighted to be able to offer a continuation of these teachings this year. Lama Tempa and Geshe la will begin by reviewing the fundamentals of Dream Yoga and will then build on this with new material that was not taught at the retreat in 2017.

The Bon teachings and techniques of Dream Yoga guide you to confront the source of your perceptions to bring balance to your life. Recall the relief upon awakening from a nightmare. If you were being chased in the dream, you wake up liberated from a scenario dismissed as unreal. Our mind distinguishes between waking and dream states, the real and the imagined. As we understand dream imagery to be illusions, we apply this awareness to our waking experience to recognize that emotions and experiences arise from our own mind. Dream Yoga gives us a powerful pathway to understand the role of the deluded mind and to recognize our true nature which is unperturbed by the arising and dissolving of experiences.

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Visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye to Olmo Ling – August 9-11

We are excited to announce that His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye will visit Olmo Ling on August 9-11. 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.

His Holiness’ visit provides an opportunity for our community and anyone in Pittsburgh to build a deep connection with him. While we are currently confirming the details of His Holiness’ visit, it will include an evening talk and a daytime empowerment and teaching. Reserve the dates!




Sidpa Gyalmo Healing Retreat with Tempa Lama

April 26-27, North Chapel Unitarian Universalist Church, Woodstock, VT

Join us to experience the healing power and blessings of the ancient Tibetan healing meditation of Sidpa Gyalmo with Tempa Lama. Sidpa Gyalmo is the chief protector of the Bon tradition and the healing manifestation of the Great Loving Mother. Tempa Lama will offer the transmission of the Sidpa Gyalmo healing meditation practice to connect us with the blessing of this practice. He will then offer instructions on how we can use it to heal our body and mind and help others heal. The blessing of this healing practice helps us reconnect with our innate capacity of healing.

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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.

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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

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.



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!



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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.