Bon Practice of the Five Elements

Pittsburgh, PA with Khenpo Tenzin Dargye
Public Talk: Friday December 2, 7-9pm
Weekend Teachings: Saturday, December 3, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday, December 4, 10am-1pm
Venue: Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

We are excited that Khenpo Ratsa Geshe Tenzin Dargye will return to Pittsburgh this December to teach the ancient and powerful Bon practice of the five elements. Khenpo is the abbot of Dhorpatan Bon monastery in Nepal. He holds a Geshe degree (doctor of philosophy) from Menri Monastery. Khenpo’s extensive knowledge, his kindness and his wonderful sense of humor have been of great benefit to the Olmo Ling community during his previous visits, and we are very happy to welcome him back this year!

According to Tibetan Bon, our bodies are made out of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. During this weekend teaching we will learn the meditation and visualization of this practice for each element, and Khenpo will explain the role of the five elements for our human existence and their relationship with our body. Each element relates to one of the major organs: the earth to the spleen, water to the kidneys, fire to the liver, air to the lungs, and space to the heart. Each element also relates to one of the five core afflictions of ignorance, desire-attachment, hatred-anger, jealousy and pride. Khenpo will explain the benefits of this practice and how we can use it to strengthen our health and our energy and clear the five afflictions. He will also explain how we can use this practice to strengthen the ‘La’ or soul. In Tibetan Bon, the La supports the body like a pillar supporting a house. The Five Elements Practice is a powerful pathway for strengthening the La.

Registration: The Public Talk is open to all, no registration needed. The talk is included in the weekend teachings. Suggested donation for the talk only: $10.

Registrations through Thurs. Nov. 24: $100 (Olmo Ling members), $110 (non-members), from Nov. 25: $117 (members), $130 (non-members). Proceeds from these teachings will support Khenpo’s monastery in Nepal.

To request a scholarship, please click here to download the work-exchange/scholarship application. Questions, please call Trish at 412-904-1112 or email

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