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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.

Visit the Olmo Ling teaching and retreat schedule for 2022 to view upcoming programs and please visit Olmo Ling online Bookstore!




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Dzogchen Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud Nyam Zhag Kyi Lak Len | Heart Essence Practice of Meditative Equipoise

With Menri Shedrup Khenpo Geshe Nyima Dhondup Rinpoche, Abbot of the Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery & Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday, August 20th – Sunday, August 21st, 2022

from 10:30AM – 1:00PM EST via Zoom

Proceeds benefit the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign

Simultaneous translation will be available in Spanish, French & Russian online. Please check back to see if we may be able to offer Polish translation also.

We are very grateful that Menri Shedrup Khenpo Geshe Nyima Dhondup Rinpoche, Abbot of the Bon Dialectic School, has generously offered to give this special Dzogchen teaching in support of the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign – our ongoing efforts to raise the funds for buying a building and establishing a permanent temple and sacred Bon refuge in Pittsburgh under the guidance of Tempa Dukte Lama.


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Bon Ritual Items & Art Auction

In Support of the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign

CLOSES TUESDAY AUG 23, 10PM ET

All proceeds will go towards the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign. Items include canvas prints of Tempa Lama’s original Thangka paintings, artwork by Tempa Lama, Cara Finch, Sheila Goloborotko, Peter Shefler, Rowan St. John, Cheryl Stockton, Susan Wagner, and Linda Wellner, Bon mantra banners, a Bon Chod drum and other ritual items, and much more!

Visit the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign Auction here.



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We invite you to join us in creating a permanent temple space in Pittsburgh under the guidance of Tempa Dukte Lama.

Tempa Lama’s vision for many years has been to provide a sacred space of refuge where the community can come together to strengthen their spiritual practice and cultivate love and compassion and where everyone can have access to well-learned Tibetan Bon masters and Western teachers. Tempa Lama’s deep wish is to support the flourishing of Bon in the West by offering translations of ancient Tibetan Bon texts into Western languages at Olmo Ling. Most of all, Tempa Lama’s profound aspiration is to support Western students who want to train and become responsible Bon teachers and lamas so that Bon can truly grow deep roots in the West.

The building where we have been renting our Ling temple space for the past 13 years is up for sale. We have the tremendous opportunity to raise funds for a down payment and building renovation on this building or on another suitable building. Our temple space in Pittsburgh is the cornerstone of all our work – our efforts to make the Bon wisdom teachings accessible and available in the West and our charitable projects in the Himalayas.

We are most grateful to have received the support of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye Rinpoche and the Menri Monastery community for the temple capital campaign.


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Sidpa Gyalmo Protector Retreat

with Tempa Dukte Lama via Zoom

Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

from 9:30AM – 1:00PM EST via Zoom

Simultaneous translation will be available in Spanish, Polish & French online. Please check back for additional updates

This teaching is specifically for those who have previously received a Sidpa Gyalmo teaching (Sidpa Gyalmo Protector & Invocation Practice, Sidpa Gyalmo Healing, Sidpa Gyalmo Longevity & Prosperity, Sidpa Gyalmo Divination, or Sidpa Gyalmo Dokpa).

During this weekend’s Retreat, Tempa Lama will give teachings, instructions, and transmission on how to invoke and connect with Sidpa Gyalmo, the chief protector of Bon, as one’s personal protector and deity. Sidpa Gyalmo is the fierce form of the Great Loving Mother. The invocation of Sidpa Gyalmo is a very powerful chanted meditation practice that offers tremendous blessings, protection, and a pathway to realization. Tempa Lama has been invoking Sidpa Gyalmo every day for his whole life and would like to share the power and blessings of this practice.


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Sidpa Gyalmo Tsok: Teaching & Ritual

with Tempa Dukte Lama via Zoom & In-Person

Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, Ocobter 2, 2022

from 9:30AM – 1:00PM EST via Zoom

Simultaneous translation in Spanish will be available online. Please check back soon for any updates!

In this retreat, Tempa Lama will explain the complete ritual of the Sidpa Gyalmo Tsok Feast Offering. Participants will learn how to perform the ritual. We will conclude on Sunday by doing the Sidpa Gyalmo Tsok Feast Offering Ritual and Ceremony.

The Tsok Feast Offering is traditionally done to delight the deity, to strengthen our connection with the deity, and to invite blessings, protection, and guidance. Sidpa Gyalmo is the fierce form of the Great Loving Mother and the chief protector of Bon.

If you joined one or several of these teachings and have cultivated a connection with Sidpa Gyalmo, Tempa Lama recommends that you attend this teaching.


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Special Framed Menri Monastery Photographs

by Rowan St John in Support of the Capital Campaign

We are most grateful that artist-photographer Rowan St John is donating the proceeds of prints from a series of 45 Menri Monastery photographs towards the Olmo Ling Temple Capital Campaign! These photographs were taken during a 12-day trip to Menri Monastery, India, with Tempa Lama and Olmo Ling community members in spring 2014. Mat-framed prints are available in multiple sizes.


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August 16th | Free Tuesday Evening Talk

Heart Mantra of Ma Tri – Guided Meditation

Join us Tuesday, August 16th at 7:00 PM EST, for a Free Tuesday Evening Talk & Prayers via Zoom & In-Person with Tempa Dukte Lama.

We just received a special teaching on the Three Heart Mantras of Bon from His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dargye Rinpoche.

This Tuesday, Tempa Lama will guide us in doing the meditation of the second Heart Mantra, Ma Tri. Ma Tri is the mantra of Dzog Ku, the enjoyment body. The mantra has the power to clear the karmic conditioning that causes us to be reborn in the six realms of cyclic existence. No prior experience with the Three Heart Mantras is needed to benefit from this meditation.

The weekly program at Olmo Ling is offered free of charge. All are welcome! You can join us via Zoom or in person at 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Donations to Olmo Ling or to Tempa Lama are deeply appreciated.

Join the weekly evening talk via Zoom HERE

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Weekly Olmo Ling Dzogchen Practice Group

Sundays at 4:00 PM EST | Offered via Zoom & In-Person

  • Meditation Practice Group: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
  • Reading and Discussion Group: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month

Dzogchen is a path of spiritual realization that guides us to directly recognize our Buddha nature, the qualities, and capacities present in all of us that are realized by enlightened beings. Dzogchen Olmo Ling meets weekly to study and practice Dzogchen according to the Bon Akhrid Dzogchen tradition taught by Tempa Lama.

Dzogchen Olmo Ling holds a Meditation Practice sitting and a Reading and Discussion group on alternate weeks. Weekly announcements provide brief readings and indicate whether the meeting will be online or in-person. In-person meetings permit online participation as well.

The sittings are open to all. Practitioners are welcome to attend, regardless of Dzogchen background. Sittings are convened by Bob Marin, a senior student of Tempa Lama and a longtime Dzogchen student of the American-born Tibetan Lama Surya Das. Dzogchen Olmo Ling offers welcoming, informal gatherings that foster collective learning through openness, authenticity, and curiosity. Regular participants are asked to consider membership in Olmo Ling. However, there is no fee for participation in Dzogchen Olmo Ling. If you wish to participate or if you have questions about Dzogchen Olmo Ling, please contact Bob Marin




Tempa Lama’s books now available at German bookstore, Fachbuchhandlung Tsongkang

Fachbuchhandlung Tsongkang in Germany is now offering most of Tempa Lama’s books, including Origin of the Medicine Buddha. Orders from EU customers will be shipped from Germany to enable faster shipping.

To read more about Fachbuchhandlung Tsongkang, please click here.

To see where else Olmo Ling Publications can be purchased, please click here




Olmo Ling Daily Prayers

We recite the prayers below at the start of each weekly community practice on Tuesdays. Feel free to download for your own daily practice!



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Olmo Ling Publications, 2021. Paperback, 188 pp., $16.95

In this first English rendition of the Tibetan Bön Medicine Buddha practice, Tempa Dukte Lama illuminates the history of how the Medicine Buddha was first taught. He offers a translation of the short Medicine Buddha practice composed by 14th century Bön master Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen along with a detailed explanation of the liturgy, visualization, and altar preparation.

The Bön Medicine Buddha practice was first taught in the human realm eighteen thousand years ago by the Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab and his son, compassionate being Che Bu Trishe, in response to a pandemic that threatened the ancient kingdom of Dawa Ruteng and caused widespread illness, conflicts, and famine. Tempa Lama retells the story of how this practice was first taught and how the Awakened One brought hope and healing to Dawa Ruteng. At that time, the king of Dawa Ruteng, Drag Chen Khorlo, had become very ill due to his misguided karmic actions and was going through a deep personal crisis. His son prince Triten Khorlo invited the Awakened One to visit Dawa Ruteng with an assembly of compassionate beings. Tonpa Shenrab’s visit and profound teaching inspired and guided the king back to the light and to forgiveness and healing.

Now available at our online store here. We also carry Medicine Buddha deity cards and Medicine Buddha Mandala cards.



Tempa Lama’s books

  • Thrul Khor: Ancient Tibetan Bon Yoga. 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.
  • Heart Drop of the Loving Mother. Tempa Lama offers detailed instructions on the Heart Drop of the Loving Mother practice and on how we can become a Loving Mother in our lives.
  • Inexhaustible Miracles: The Ten Perfections on the Path of Compassionate Beings. The Ten Perfections are the heart practices of compassionate beings through which we bring the Bon teachings into our lived experience: generosity, wholesome conduct, patience, effort, concentration, power, aspirational prayers, skillful means, and discriminating awareness. Tempa Lama explains how we can cultivate each Perfection and use these practices to transform every moment of our lives.


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Recap: visit of His Holiness 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye to Olmo Ling in summer 2019

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 on September 14, 2017, Geshe Dawa Dhargye 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.



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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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!



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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.


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



Monthly Day of Practice: Date to be announced

We are still closed to in-person events and are therefore currently not offering the day of practice. The day of practice 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.