Heart Essence of the Five Elements Teaching and Transmission

With Tempa Dukte Lama via Zoom
Saturday June 19 and Sunday June 20, 9:30am-12:30pm ET via Zoom

Simultaneous translation to French, Spanish, Russian, and Polish will be available!

Tempa Lama will teach on the ancient Bon practice of the five elements. According to Tibetan Bon, our bodies are made out of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. Tempa Lama will explain the role of the five elements for our human existence and their relationship with our body, mind, and wellbeing. 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 main afflictions of ignorance, desire-attachment, hatred-anger, jealousy and pride. In their transformed state, the pure essence of the five elements manifest into the Five Wisdoms.

Tempa Lama will explain the meditation and visualization of the practice for each element and give the transmission. He will explain the benefits of this practice and how we can use it to strengthen our health and energy and clear the five afflictions. He will also explain how we can use the practice of the five elements to strengthen the La (soul), Sog (life force), and Tse (life span).

Tempa Dukte 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, and co-founder of Humla Fund. He is an artist and poet and has authored four books as part of his efforts to make the Bon teachings available in the West. Tempa Lama studied at Menri Monastery, India, under the close guidance of the late H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally.

Registration and cost

We invite you to kindly select an appropriate fee according to your means after clicking on the registration button below. Registration fees and donations will help us continue to maintain Olmo Ling during this time of extended closure while making teachings available to everyone regardless of people’s financial means. Thank you for your continued support!

If you are unable to afford a fee, please do not hesitate to contact Iris at bon@olmoling.org. This is a difficult time for many of us. No one will be turned away from attending teachings at Olmo Ling due to lack of funds.

  • Mid to high income: $40
  • Mid income: $20
  • Low income: $6
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  • Or email us for a scholarship (bon@olmoling.org)
Registered participants (including those attending with a scholarship) and those who have made a donation using the link above will be emailed the Zoom link.

Offering to Tempa Lama

If you would like to thank Tempa Lama for the teaching and transmission with an offering, you can donate online here or by mailing a check with a memo of “Tempa Lama” or “teacher support” to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217. Thank you!


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