Benefit Dinner with H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin and Tempa Dukte Lama

Benefits the nuns and children of Menri Monastery, Dolanji, India

Sat. May 25, Fellowship Hall, 1st United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, 5401 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15232

6:30 – 7:00pm – Reception
7:00 – 8:30pm – Dinner with raffle

We warmly invite you to join us for a very special Benefit Dinner in honor of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin and in support of the children and nuns of Menri Monastery. Lovingly prepared by our very own chefs, Elizabeth Schandelmeier Gilgunn and Gary Terner, the Benefit Dinner will feature delicious vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and vegan options.

The dinner combines an opportunity to spend time with His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition, and to support Menri Monastery along with others from our wonderful community. The dinner will feature live music and a raffle with exciting prizes in support of the children and nuns at Menri.

Read more about the nuns and children at Menri here.

Hors D’oeuvre:

  • Hummus
  • Red Pepper and Walnut Spread
  • Pita Triangles
  • Crudite with Spinach Dip

Dinner Buffet:

  • Chicken with Plums, Apricots and Green Olives
  • Chick Peas with Apricots and Carrots
  • Millet Pilaf with Orange Zest and Almonds
  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • Ginger Mint Carrots
  • Asparagus with Preserved Lemon and Pine Nuts
  • Roasted Pesto-Rubbed Vegetables
  • Mesclun Greens with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pecans and Sherry Vinaigrette


  • Strawberry Shortcake Station
  • Hibiscus Agua Fresca, Coffee, Decaf, Tea and Iced Tea

Raffle prizes

  1. A mala (fragrant sandalwood prayer beads) blessed by His Holiness
  2. An original calligraphy by Tempa Lama
  3. A scholarship to a weekend teaching at Olmoling.
  4. A Taste of Squirrel Hill -a basket of gift cards from Alladins, Thai Balcony, Murray Avenue Grill, Dobra Tea Shop, Rita’s Ice and Whole Foods.
  5. A Wellness/Spa Basket containing gift certificates for a 60 minute massage, a 60 minute cranio-sacral therapy session and a 45 minute cellular expansion energy healing session, baths salts and scrubber, aromatherapy, rescue remedy homeopathic, and massage oil.
  6. A gift basket of coffees, teas, snack items and more from The Coffee Tree
  7. A gift basket from The Chocolate Mousse in Squirrel Hill full of chocolates, candies and other wonderful treats.
  8. A gift basket from Moonstones in Dormont that will include a $50 gift certificate
  9. An original work of art from community member Kate Bazis


Online registration for the benefit dinner is now closed, but a small number of additional tickets are available through the Olmo Ling office, or the day of the event, on a first come first serve basis.

Cost per person (adult): $55.
Children 12 and under: $20; Children 5 and under, free (if you are bringing a child 5 years or younger, please let us know).

All tickets purchased after Tues. May 21st at 2:00pm will be available for pickup at Will Call at the door the day of the event.

Tickets available at:
  • Olmo Ling Center (during office hours and at Tues and Sat meditations)
  • Journeys of Life 810 Bellefonte Street, Pgh, 15232
  • Christine Frechard Gallery 5871 Forbes Ave, Pgh, 15217
  • Hampton Holistic Center, Castle Town Square South, 4284 Route 8, Ste. 207, Allison Park, 15101
  • Moonstones 2892 West Liberty Ave, Pgh, 15216
  • Buy tickets securely online or on the phone (412-904-1112) through May 25, 12:00pm

After Wed. May 23, tickets available at will call at the door.


We are really sorry, there are no places left for this event.
Please check the Olmo Ling Retreat and Teaching Schedule to see if there is another workshop or retreat that you might be interested in.

If you still want to participate in this event, please send us an email . Back to Olmo Ling Retreat and Teaching Schedule