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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.

Due to the ongoing Covid-pandemic, Olmo Ling will be offering exclusively online programs. Visit the Olmo Ling teaching and retreat schedule for 2021 to view upcoming programs. Olmo Ling online store remains operational. We are able to ship quickly!




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Bon Ngondro Teaching and Transmission

Week 1 | Sat. February 5 – Sun. February 6
Week 2 | Sat. February 12 – Sun. February 13

from 9:30am – 12:30pm ET via Zoom

Simultaneous translation in Spanish, French and Polish will be available. Please check back for updates on any additional languages!

Tempa Lama would like to begin this near year 2022 with a detailed
teaching and transmission of the Ngondro preliminary practices. This practice opens the door to all Bon practices of Tantra (Path of Transformation) and Dzogchen (Path of Self-Liberation). It is extremely important for all those who wish to learn and practice the spiritual path of liberation in the Bon tradition.

Bon Ngondro is the practice that opens our mind and heart toward realization on the Path of Transformation and the Path of Self-Realization. Ngondro is of tremendous benefit to our life. It helps us build a deeper connection with our spiritual teachers and cultivate the mind and heart of awakening, the motivation to benefit all beings. Ngondro is a powerful practice for purifying karmic tendencies and negativities. By cleansing our body, speech, and mind Ngondro prepares us to recognize our true nature.

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An Online Two-Day Workshop
The Road to Self: Introduction to Tantric Kundalini Yoga

A Fundraising Event for Our Menri Monastery Restroom Project

Carol Dimopoulos, Ed.D and e-RYT, will be offering a special 2-day online Yoga Workshop, The Road to Self: Introduction to Tantric Kundalini Yoga on Saturday, Jan. 22nd and Sunday, Jan 23rd, 2022, 10:00am – 1:00pm EST. All proceeds will support our efforts to build a much needed public restroom at Menri Monastery, India.

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Tuesday January 18| Evening Meditation with Tempa Lama: The Healing Practice of Sidpa Gyalmo

Join us Tuesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. ET, for our weekly free evening talk and meditation via Zoom with Tempa Dukte Lama. This week Tempa Lama will guide us in doing the healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo.

Sidpa Gyalmo, the healing manifestation of the Great Loving Mother, has been traditionally invoked during times of epidemic illness. The blessing of this healing practice helps us reconnect with our innate capacity of healing. In the Bon teachings, healing encompasses the physical, emotional and mental dimensions of our being. The healing practice of Sidpa Gyalmo helps us clear both physical illness and heal our mind and feelings.

No prior experience with this meditation is necessary. We hope you can join us!

The weekly program at Olmo Ling is offered free of charge. All are welcome.

Donations to Olmo Ling or to Tempa Lama are deeply appreciated. We are most grateful that your support for Olmo Ling has enabled us to maintain the sacred Olmo Ling temple space during the time of coronavirus-closure.

Join the weekly evening talk via Zoom here.

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FUNDS RAISED SO FAR!

Through Generous Donations | $11,856.11

Dü Dok Teaching & Holiday Gift Auction | $5,029.00


GRAND TOTAL: $16,894.11!

Please help us reach our goal of $38,212!


Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India has reached out to Tempa Dukte Lama and the Olmo Ling board to ask for help in raising funds for installing restrooms for their general public. Menri Monastery is the Mother Monastery of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama lived and studied at Menri from the age of six.

This deep connection with Menri and the Menri Abbot has been a profound blessing for all of us and a guiding light for Olmo Ling.

The central government of India is now requiring any community or monastic center where people gather to have a functioning public restroom. The construction of a public restroom at Menri Monastery will not only support cleanliness and public health but also protect the well-being and health of the monastic community.

We feel deeply honored to be invited to offer our assistance. This project will be instrumental in supporting public health and ensuring the comfort of visitors who benefit from the blessings and teachings offered at Menri. Through addressing this very mundane need we are able to offer a sacred and precious gift.


Read More About This Important Project and How You Can Help

Read More on Menri Monastery’s Facebook Page




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 Dhargyal 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 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.



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.


Monthly Olmo Ling Dzogchen practice group

Offered via Zoom due to the ongoing Coronavirus closure

Olmo Ling is pleased to announce the start of a monthly Dzogchen practice group. The practice group is offered the first and third Sunday every month from 4:00-6:00 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). To register or for questions, please contact Bob Marin.



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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.