Ordinary Mind and the True Nature of Mind, A Public Talk and Blessing

With H. H. 33rd Menri Trizin, Spiritual Head of the Tibetan Bon Tradition and Tempa Dukte Lama

Saturday, May 25, 2013 3:00 – 5:00pm

1st United Methodist Church, 5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Proceeds benefit the nuns and children at Menri Monastery, India.

His Holiness will also be with us for a Benefit Dinner. Read more here…

In this special talk, His Holiness will give pith instructions on the recognition of the ordinary mind and the true nature of the mind. All beings of this universe wish to be happy and free from pain and suffering. However, not having understood and realized the ordinary mind and the true nature of the mind, we experience fear, misunderstanding, and confusion. Consequently, desire-attachment, impure motivation, and attachment to the self arise, and we become vulnerable and continuously distressed. We need to recognize the characteristic nature of the ordinary mind and the true nature of the mind. Through this recognition we learn how to be and to leave each thing as it is in its natural state.

According to the Tibetan Bon tradition, Tonpa Shenrab, the Awakened One, born 18,030 years ago, taught and showed 84,000 Ways of Liberation. Depending on the mental capacity of the individual he taught the Nine Ways of Bon in order to clear the afflictions of all beings and guide them to complete liberation. With respect to the outer, inner, and secret Paths of Liberation, he taught the Four Doors and the Fifth, the Treasury. The pith instructions and blessings of this Threefold Path are transmitted through a completely unbroken lineage that continued throughout the centuries until the present spiritual head of Bon, the 33rd Menri Trizin Rinpoche.

His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin is the spiritual head of Bon, one of Tibet’s five main spiritual traditions, and the 33rd abbot of Menri Monastery in Himachal Pradesh, India. Originally based in Tibet since 1405 and re-established in India in 1967 by His Holiness, Menri Monastery is the main spiritual center of Bon offering higher philosophical studies and the Bon Geshe (doctor of philosophy) degree. The Redna Menling nunnery at Menri offers the same spiritual education opportunities to Bon nuns. Currently there are about 500 monks and nuns at Menri. Read more about the nuns and children (and enjoy pictures) here.


Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Students with ID: $12
Children 12 and under: Free (no ticket required)

All tickets purchased after Tues. May 21st at 2:00pm will be available for pickup at Will Call at the door the day of the event.

Tickets available at:
  • Olmo Ling Center (during office hours and at Tues and Sat meditations)
  • Journeys of Life 810 Bellefonte Street, Pgh, 15232
  • Christine Frechard Gallery 5871 Forbes Ave, Pgh, 15217
  • Hampton Holistic Center, Castle Town Square South, 4284 Route 8, Ste. 207, Allison Park, 15101
  • Moonstones 2892 West Liberty Ave, Pgh, 15216
  • Buy tickets securely online through May 25, 12:00pm. Registrations on May 25 (prior to 12pm), please email the Olmo Ling office to receive a ticket at the advance costs ($25) at the Will Call booth.
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