Dream Yoga Retreat with Geshe Lodoe Choglek and Tempa Dukte Lama

Pittsburgh, PA with Geshe Lodoe Choglek and Tempa Dukte Lama
Saturday, April 6, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday April 7, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Two years ago Geshe Lodoe Choglek and Tempa Dukte Lama began teaching the fundamentals of Bon Dream Yoga. We are delighted to be able to offer a continuation of these teachings this year. Lama Tempa and Geshe la will begin by reviewing the fundamentals of Dream Yoga and will then build on this with new material that was not taught at the retreat in 2017.

For thousands of years, Tibetan Bon practitioners have been practicing lucid dreaming and crafting techniques to develop deep awareness during dreamtime. Dream Yoga heightens our awareness that experiences in our waking life are akin to dream images. In this way, we can use dreaming as a spiritual practice to help us recognize our awakened nature of wisdom, clarity and compassion.

The Bon teachings and techniques of Dream Yoga guide you to confront the source of your perceptions to bring balance to your life. Recall the relief upon awakening from a nightmare. If you were being chased in the dream, you wake up liberated from a scenario dismissed as unreal. Our mind distinguishes between waking and dream states, the real and the imagined. As we understand dream imagery to be illusions, we apply this awareness to our waking experience to recognize that emotions and experiences arise from our own mind. Dream Yoga gives us a powerful pathway to understand the role of the deluded mind and to recognize our true nature which is unperturbed by the arising and dissolving of experiences.

Tempa Lama and Geshe Choglek will explain the practice of Dream Yoga from the Bon Mother Tantra and help us understand how we can utilize these teachings on our spiritual path.


Geshe Lodoe Choglek was born in Dolpo. Hailed from a family of Terton, a well known hereditary lineage of Bon teachers and practitioners, he received training in spiritual practice from an early age. After having completed the traditional three year retreat, Geshe la joined Triten Norbutse monastery, Kathmandu in 1993. He studied Bön philosophy and religious practices and was awarded the Geshe degree (doctor of philosophy) in 2005, in the presence of representatives of H.H. the Dalai Lama and teachers of both Bön and Buddhism. Geshe Lodoe Choglek served the monastery in various tasks including through teaching, as Ceremonial and Chant Leader (Umdze) for three years and as general manager for three years. In March 2011, he obtained the status of “Dratshang Lama” an exclusive title given in honor of serving and practicing the doctrine. Currently Geshe la is one of the board members of Triten Norbutse Monastic Institution and continuously serves and teaches in the monastery.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He studied in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close, personal guidance of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA, a non-profit and Bon Center affiliated with Menri Monastery, and co-founder of the Humla Fund, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the Bon culture through access to quality education, healthcare, and sustainable economic development in Nepal’s Humla Region. He is an artist and poet and author of four books with Olmo Ling Publications: Heart Drop of the Loving Mother (2014), Journey into Buddhahood (2013), Inexhaustible Miracles (2011) and The Intimate Mind (2011). Since 2000 Tempa Lama has lived in the US. He is dedicated to making the ancient teachings of Bon available and accessible in the West, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives. He teaches in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.


Workshop fee: 108 (Olmo Ling members), $120 (non-members). We offer a couple rate for couples of all genders. If you are unable to pay the full fee and would like to request a scholarship, please email us at bon@olmoling.org or call us at 412 904 1112. To register, please use the button below, or send us a check marked “Dream Yoga workshop”.


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