Meditation Instructors’ Training Part I with Tempa Dukte Lama

Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Saturday August 20, 9:30am-5pm with a lunch break and Sunday August 21, 10am-1pm


This Workshop is for those who wish to become a meditation instructor to help others. It is intended for people who have practiced meditation for a while.

The objective of this Workshop is to train those who are interested in volunteering in the Olmo Ling Compassionate Outreach program, including the Olmo Ling Prison Project and the Olmo Ling Death and Dying project. It is also generally for all who would like to be able to offer meditation instructions to help others. At the same time, this Retreat is an opportunity to deepen your own meditation practice by reflecting deeply on the Bon instructions for Calm Abiding Meditation and its relationship with Insight Meditation.

The teachings will focus on Calm Abiding Meditation according to the Tibetan Bon tradition. Calm Abiding Meditation provides a foundation for all other types of meditation. Tempa Lama will give detailed instructions on Calm Abiding Meditation and how we can use it to stabilize our mind and feelings.

We will learn:
  • What Calm Abiding Meditation is and who can and cannot practice it
  • The relationship of Calm Abiding and Insight Meditation (self-awareness) and how to abide in the unified essence of calmness and self-awareness
  • Obstacles and obscuration of meditation practice
  • Necessary conditions for meditation practice
  • How to choose and rely on an object of meditation
  • How to face internal distractions of conditioning and external distractions of the senses
  • How to work with visions, feelings, and states of meditative absorption
  • The process of the nine successive stages of mental abiding
  • What are the qualities that enable us to help others as meditation instructor.

A detailed Meditation Instructor Manual written by Tempa Lama with Mary Hunninen will be available for purchase.

Tempa Dukte Lama

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama and the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He studied in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close, personal guidance of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of Bon. He is an artist and poet and author of four books with Olmo Ling Publications, the first Bon publishing house which he founded in 2011. Tempa Lama is dedicated to making the ancient teachings of Bon available and accessible in the West, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives. Tempa Lama developed the Meditation Instructor Training in 2011 and has taught it annually at Olmo Ling since then.


Training costs through Monday August 7: $108 (Olmo Ling members), $120 (non-members). From August 8: $125 (members), $137 (non-members).

To register, please download the Application Letter below and send the completed letter to the Olmo Ling office via email ( or mail (Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 152317). After being approved for the Training, you can register online here or pay with a check. If you attended a Meditation Instructors’ Training at Olmo Ling previously, you do not need to fill in the Application Letter again.

For any questions, please contact the Olmo Ling office at, 412 904 1112.