Meditation Instructors’ Training

Pittsburgh, PA with Tempa Dukte Lama
Fri. Feb. 18, 7-9pm, Sat. Feb. 19 9:30am-5pm and Sun. Feb. 20 10am-1pm
Venue: Olmo Ling Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

This Workshop is for those who wish to become a meditation instructor to help others. It is intended for people who have practiced meditation for a while.

The objective of this Workshop is to train those who are interested in volunteering in the Olmo Ling Compassionate Outreach program, including the Olmo Ling Prison Project and the Olmo Ling Death and Dying project. It is also generally for all who would like to be able to offer meditation instructions to help others. At the same time, this Retreat is an opportunity to deepen your own meditation practice by reflecting deeply on the Bon instructions for Calm Abiding Meditation and its relationship with Insight Meditation.

The teachings will focus on Calm Abiding Meditation according to the Tibetan Bon tradition. Calm Abiding Meditation provides a foundation for all other types of meditation. Tempa Lama will give detailed instructions on Calm Abiding Meditation and how we can use it to stabilize our mind and feelings.

We will learn:

  • What Calm Abiding Meditation is and who can and cannot practice it
  • The relationship of Calm Abiding and Insight Meditation (self-awareness) and how to abide in the unified essence of calmness and self-awareness
  • Obstacles and obscuration of meditation practice
  • Necessary conditions for meditation practice
  • How to choose and rely on an object of meditation
  • How to face internal distractions of conditioning and external distractions of the senses
  • How to work with visions, feelings, and states of meditative absorption
  • The process of the nine successive stages of mental abiding
  • What are the qualities that enable us to help others as meditation instructor.

Registration: Prior to registering via the link below or sending us any payment, please fill out the application letter and email, mail or fax it to us. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Workshop fee: Through Mon. Feb. 7: $110 (Olmo Ling members), $120 (non-members) From Tues. Feb. 8: $120 (Olmo Ling members), $130 (non-members).

If you are a member, please select the appropriate lower fee from the drop down box. If you are unable to pay the full fee and would like to request a scholarship, please send an email or call us at 412 904 1112.

If you have trouble registering for this retreat, please call Rebekah at 412-904-1112 or email

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