Bon Soul Retrieval Ritual

with Tempa Dukte Lama and Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17, 2022

9:30am – 1:00pm EST online and in-person

Simultaneous translation will be available in Spanish and Russian online, please check back soon for updates!

Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen and Tempa Dukte Lama will offer the Longevity Tse Drup and Soul Retrieval ritual practice and explain its benefits. This powerful ancient Bon ritual offers great blessings for all those attending or supporting the ritual by restoring, healing and nurturing the strength and vibrancy of the soul and life force.

The soul is the pure strength of the internal elements. Its primary function is to support and nurture the connection between our life force and lifespan. The second function is that it strengthens and nurtures the relationship between the physical body and the mind. The soul abides in the mind, and the mind abides in the body. When the soul is weakened, this affects the relationship between our life force and life span and the relationship between the physical body and the mind. When the soul and life force are weakened or disturbed, we become vulnerable toward physical, mental, and emotional misfortunes. In some cases, untimely death or major disturbances in different aspects of our life situation can occur. The Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab taught and implemented the powerful Bon ritual of bLa bsLu ‘Chi bsLu (Soul Retrieval) to retrieve and heal our soul and life force. This ritual relies on the power of meditative absorption, prayers, mantras, and visualization. Since the time of its teaching, this precious ritual has flourished and has been practiced for thousands of years until now, benefiting countless beings.

On Saturday, Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen and Tempa Dukte Lama will teach and explain the Longevity Tse Drup and Soul Retrieval ritual practice. They will explain why Soul Retrieval is needed and the benefits of this ritual. On Sunday, both lamas will offer the Longevity Tse Drup and Soul Retrieval ritual for the benefit of the community and all beings.

Tsewang Ridgzin Deity Card

Tsewang Rigdzin, known as the “King of Longevity” is visualized during Tse Drup Longevity practice and Soul Retrieval while reciting his mantra, So Drum A Kar Mu La Ting Nam O Du Mu Ye Tse Ni Dza. We are offering the Tsewang Rigdzin Deity Card at a 10% discount until after the Soul Retrieval. Discount is automatically applied at check out. Can Be Purchased Here

Attendance and Ritual Sponsorship

This weekend retreat is offered both in-person at Olmo Ling and via Zoom. In-person attendance will be limited to a small group and we invite and encourage you to bring a mask to protect self and others.

Please choose the appropriate registration option as you register! Participants on Zoom can follow the ritual live and join the two lamas for the recitation of the Tse Drup longevity mantra. Registered participants will receive a handout with the mantra and an outline of the ritual via email the day before the teaching (Friday).

Once registered you will receive a form to fill out your name and those names of whom you would like included in the prayers

If you are unable to attend, we invite you to support the ritual with a donation and fill out of form with the names of those you would like included in the prayers. Sponsoring the preparatory prayers for the ritual is a powerful way to support the ritual and partake in its great merit and benefits. For many thousands of years, laypeople have supported lamas and monks to help them offer special prayers that in turn benefit many beings.

You can donate securely online here or by sending a check marked “Soul Retrieval” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

We very much appreciate and rely on your generosity! Your donation and all registration fees will support Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen’s work, the costs of Geshe la’s travel while in the United States, and the continued work of Olmo Ling Bon Center.
  • In person attendance mid to high income $70
  • In person couple rate (all genders) $90
  • In person attendance low income $30
  • In person couple rate (all genders) low $45
  • Attendance on Zoom mid to high income $70
  • Attendance on Zoom mid income $40
  • Attendance on Zoom low income $13
  • Or donate online here or by sending a check marked “Soul Retrieval” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Scholarship: If you are unable to afford a fee, please do not hesitate to contact Joanna at – please have Soul Retrieval Scholarship in the email subject. No one will be turned away from attending teachings at Olmo Ling due to a lack of funds.


Offering to the Two Lamas

We gratefully appreciate any offering to the lamas. Your offering will support Geshe la’s travel and his projects back in India and support Tempa Lama. Donations will be split between the two lamas. Thank you!

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About Geshe A Trong Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen

Geshe A Trong Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen was born in Kham, Tibet. From early childhood, he learned Bon ritual practices, medicine and poetry. In 2005 he traveled from Tibet to India to enter the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. For 15 years he deeply engaged in learning, contemplating and meditating on the Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen teachings of the Bon tradition. He also undertook general studies of logic, Tibetan language, poetry, medicine, astrology, and mandala drawing. In 2020 he received his Geshe Degree (Doctor of Philosophy).

Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen has served as librarian, webmaster for the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center, treasurer of the Bon Dialectic School, and vice president of the Dolanji Bon settlement. He has presented at international Tibetology conferences and guest-lectured at different universities on Tibetan culture and history. He is the author of two books and is a member of the Bon Go magazine editorial board. At present, Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen serves as national representative for Bon for the Tibetan government in exile.

About Tempa Dukte Lama

Tempa Lama is an ordained lama of the Tibetan Bon tradition. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he works to make the ancient Bon wisdom teachings available and accessible in the West. He is an artist, poet and author of six books. Tempa Lama studied at Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of the late H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the worldwide spiritual head of the Bon tradition until 2017. Tempa Lama has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of healing and happiness into their lives.


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