Retreat on Open Presence with Tempa Dukte Lama

Tlama3-small Sat. Feb. 25, 10am through Sun. Feb 26, 2pm
McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Sandy Lake, PA

Prior to this teaching, on Fri. Feb. 24, Tempa Lama will give a free public evening talk on “The preciousness of our life” at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Read more here

Open Presence means facing each moment as it is without fear and without judgment. The essence of Open Presence is clarity: the unification of awareness or presence and our recognition of the interdependent nature of all phenomena.

In this Retreat we will explore how we can cultivate the two aspects of Open Presence: openness and presence or awareness. To be open we need a loving, compassionate heart and the wisdom of understanding. When we are open and present, we experience each moment free from internal conditioning. Openness and presence enable us to recognize that our experience of each moment is not separate from the nature of our mind. If we do not interfere with whatever emotion we experience and simply let it be with gentle acceptance, it will dissolve by itself. This allows us to touch our healing wisdom, our innate capacity to free ourselves and others from suffering.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Tempa Lama is an artist and poet and author of two books with Olmo Ling Publications, the first Bon publishing house which he founded in 2011. He 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. 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.


Retreat costs: $115

This is a residential Retreat held at the peaceful and beautiful McKeever Environmental Learning Center nestled into 205 wooded acres in Sandy Lake, PA, about 80 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Retreat fees include accommodation in a double room Saturday night and meals (Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch). Vegetarian options are available on request.

Limited spaces available. Registration closes February 11. To register or for questions, please contact Sharon (