Olmo Ling Bon Center Weekly Schedule

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Location and Directions

Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. Click here for directions. Please arrive 5 minutes early for the meditation and weekly teachings. Our meditation sessions are open to all. A donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated to support this beautiful temple and community. Please note that Saturday meditation will not meet during in-house weekend Retreats.

Tuesday evening meditation and Dharma talk with Tempa Dukte Lama

This is a great opportunity to meet Tempa Dukte Lama and to hear and experience the Bon teachings and meditation. Everyone is welcome. Some Tuesday evening talks are given by guest speakers, please see our front page.

Meditation instruction and introduction to the Bon tradition with Tempa Dukte Lama

Offered every 1st Thursday of the month by appointment. If you are new to meditation or to the Bon tradition, we invite you to join us for the Meditation Instruction and Introduction to Bon. While there is no charge for the meditation insruction, please plan to offer a donation (in the temple donation bowl). Registration by email at bon@olmoling.org is required.

The Healing Practice of Sidpa Gyalmo

Offered every first Wednesday of the month. Tempa Dukte Lama leads the healing meditation practice of Sidpa Gyalmo, the chief protector of the Bon tradition. This healing practice ritual helps us to connect with the innate potential of healing within each one of us.

Ngondro Practice

The Ngondro practice, called preliminary or foundational practices, is for practitioners who have received the Ngondro dzogchen teachings and transmission. Guided by senior student Jim DelBianco, it is held every Tuesday evening prior to the weekly dharma talk by Tempa Dukte Lama.


Day of Meditation: June 17, 2018

The day of meditation 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 starts at 9:00 and ends at 5:00. Lunch is from 12:30 to 2:00 and is on your own.

Coffee, tea and water will be available. No advance registration is necessary. There is no charge, but, donations to Olmo Long are always appreciated.

Upcoming Day of Meditation: Sunday June 17

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 weather related cancellations.


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Olmo Ling Youth Sangha – Fridays, 6:30-8pm

Upcoming Youth Sangha: October 19

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

Upcoming dates

10/19/18: Our theme this time will be the inherent goodness of all people, our Buddha Nature, as represented by the lotus flower which rises from the mud of it’s roots to represent primordial purity. This is a metaphor even children can understand to represent non-judgement of others and growing to be their best selves. We will sculpt lotus tealight flowers to take home as a visual focus objects for future meditations.

11/16/18: We will revisit Tibetan Prayer Flags at this session including talking about the color symbolism, natural elements and compass directions each represents. We will make paper prayer flag garlands for indoor use at our own homes and hang a fabric one printed at a previous Youth Sangha meeting outside to send our good wishes out to all beings the wind reaches.

12/14/18: One of the most renowned practices in Tibetan Buddhism 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.



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