Weekend teachings: The Nature of Consciousness – Delusion and Transformation

With Tempa Dukte Lama

Sat. March 24, 9:30am-5pm and Sun. March 25, 10am-1pm.
At Media Wellness Center, 55 State Road, Media, 19063

Bon and the Buddhist traditions share a profound path to transform and heal suffering that is based in a detailed understanding of the nature of consciousness and the arising of delusion. In this retreat, we will look deeply into this view of consciousness, transformation, and healing. According to Bon, the mind is not a single entity, but a collection of eight consciousnesses: the six consciousnesses of the senses, the deluded mind consciousness, and the fundamental base consciousness. The base consciousness is the source of everything; it contains the seeds of both liberation and delusion; happiness and unhappiness. These seeds ripen in dependence on secondary conditions in our life, including our moment to moment choices.

The role played by the deluded mind consciousness in each moment determines the nature of the perceptions that we receive through our senses. We will explore the arising of deluded perception and affliction and how we can transform delusion through a deeper understanding of consciousness and the conceptual mind.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA, a Tibetan Bon Center affiliated with Menri Monastery, India. He is an artist, poet, and the author of The Intimate Mind and Inexhaustible Miracles. Tempa Lama trained in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives.

This program is sponsored by the Media Wellness Center. Suggested donation for the weekend is $75-$100 on a sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, contact Jacqui Merrell at or 610-761-2281.