Olmo Ling Bon Center Weekly Schedule

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Location and Directions

Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute
1101 Greenfield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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 some events are also offered online via Zoom.

Free Tuesday Evening Talk with Tempa Dukte Lama

Offered via Zoom or In-Person

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 for more information.

Calm Abiding Meditation with Instruction

Saturdays at 8:30 AM EST | In-Person with Senior Student Andrew Kaiser

Class Schedule:
5 minutes Daily Prayers
15 minutes Talk
10 minutes Meditation
30 minutes Questions

Join us In-Person or Zoom HERE

This class will provide instruction in the first phase of meditation, known as Zhine or Calm Abiding. It is important to be able to understand the full succession of meditation phases so that we know what we will learn – and just as important, what we will not be practicing.

First Phase: Calm Abiding Meditation helps us to free ourselves from the distractions that disturb us. In this class, we will work towards stability of pose and equanimity of mind.

Second Phase: Insight Meditation means to see clearly the way the mind works and to free the mind from grasping at the duality.

Third Phase: Abiding in the nature of mind, the union of emptiness and clarity. These are the Dzogchen teachings.

We are given instruction in many different practices. Zen, Theravada, and other Tibetan traditions all begin with the stability of the mind. Mindfulness is also taught in a lot of different places in today’s world. Understanding Zhine (Calm Abiding) is essential.

Andrew Kaiser is a senior student with Tempa Lama at Olmo Ling. If you have questions about Calm Abiding Meditation, please contact Andrew Kaiser

Olmo Ling Dzogchen Practice Group

Sundays at 4:00 PM EST | Offered via Zoom & In-Person with Senior Student Bob Marin

  • Meditation Practice Group: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
  • Reading and Discussion Group:: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month

Dzogchen is a path of spiritual realization that guides us to directly recognize our Buddha nature, the qualities, and capacities present in all of us that are realized by enlightened beings. Dzogchen Olmo Ling meets weekly to study and practice Dzogchen according to the Bon Akhrid Dzogchen tradition taught by Tempa Lama.

Dzogchen Olmo Ling holds a Meditation Practice sitting and a Reading and Discussion group on alternate weeks. Weekly announcements provide brief readings and indicate whether the meeting will be online or in-person. In-person meetings permit online participation as well.

The sittings are open to all. Practitioners are welcome to attend, regardless of Dzogchen background. Sittings are convened by Bob Marin, a senior student of Tempa Lama and a longtime Dzogchen student of the American-born Tibetan Lama Surya Das. Dzogchen Olmo Ling offers welcoming, informal gatherings that foster collective learning through openness, authenticity, and curiosity. Regular participants are asked to consider membership in Olmo Ling. However, there is no fee for participation in Dzogchen Olmo Ling. If you wish to participate or if you have questions about Dzogchen Olmo Ling, please contact Bob Marin


Family Sangha Begins this January 2024!

Interested members, please fill out our quick survey!

The Family Sangha Program at Olmo Ling Bon Center (formerly known as Youth Sangha) is open to individuals of all ages, from infants to teens, and we extend a warm welcome to newcomers!

This survey is ONLY for families interested in joining or learning more about the Family Sangha Program. This survey was made to help Olmo Ling establish a schedule and create teaching itineraries. Family Sangha will be in-person only and designed with both guardians and children/teens in mind. Guardians of younger children are asked to stay, however, children 10 and up may be dropped off.

Our gatherings feature a snack, meditation, mantras, and an art activity—such as calligraphy, music & literature, or discussions and service projects. We are rooted in the Tibetan Bon tradition and mindfulness. Families from various Buddhists and other wisdom traditions are warmly invited!

Thank you for participating in this survey, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Please Click Here for our Family Sangha Survey

Current Events on Hold

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

Note: Event is currently on hold.

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 instruction, 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

Note: Event is currently on hold.

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

Note: Event is currently on hold.

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.