Red Garuda Fire Puja - Khyung Mar Jinsek

with Geshe Nyima Kunkyap and Tempa Dukte Lama
Saturday April 8 2017, 9am-3:30pm
Olmo Ling Tibetan Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Please note that online registration closes on Friday. You can register at the door or send us an email to reserve your seat!

We invite you to join us for this powerful ritual of the ancient Tibetan Bon tradition. We are pleased to have two Tibetan Bon lamas, Geshe Nyima Kunkyap and Tempa Dukte Lama, jointly perform the fire puja ritual of the Red Garuda.

The Red Garuda is an enlightened deity of Bon who emanates in the form of each of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and space. At the time of fire puja, the Red Garuda and its retinue transform into the wisdom fire deity. This ritual has the power to pacify and clear all obstacles in our lives, both obstacles of form and formless obstacles such as the eight classes of spirits. Beyond this, karmic traces that we have accumulated over many lives and which now hinder our spiritual progress, health and happiness, can be burnt by the power of the body, speech, and mind of the Red Garuda deity. The ritual helps us purify the two obscurations of affliction and intellect and accumulate the merit and wisdom through which we progress on the spiritual path of compassion and wisdom. It can clear away all sorts of diseases, protect us from misfortunes and natural calamities, and most importantly, it can bring peace and happiness to our relationships and the place we live in.

Sponsoring the prayer ceremony for this ritual

We offer the opportunity for anyone to offer a donation in support of the ritual prayers for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing and benefit of family and friends. Supporting the rituals and prayers offered by Bon lamas is a powerful way to partake in the benefit of these rituals or to share the benefits with family and friends. You can donate securely online here. You can also donate by sending a check (marked “garuda ritual”) to Olmo Ling, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. For Paypal donations, please send the donation to Any questions can be directed to our office at or 412-904-1112.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Geshe Kunkyap’s monastery and projects in the remote Himalayan region of Dolpo, Nepal, and will support us in continuing to offer Bon teachings, retreats, and weekly meditation at Olmo Ling Bon Center.

Geshe Murig Nyima Kunkyap Rinpoche is a master of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen of Bon tradition. He is the founder of Dolpo Bon Society and the Nepal Bon Religion Association. He is also the head lama of the Nepal Bon Religion Association of Nepal and the Dolpa Youngdrung Committee, which was founded by him. Rinpoche received his Geshe degree (doctor of philosophy) in 1994 from HH 33rd Menri Trizin after many years of studying major philosophical text as well as studying the sciences of Astrology, Astronomy, Poetry, Tibetan language and literature, measurement of Mandala, Thanka painting and stupa, ritual instruments, and performing ritual offerings.

For many years, Rinpoche has been constantly engaged in teaching, dialogue and writing. Rinpoche has traveled widely abroad, giving teachings on preliminary practices, practice of mantra, ritual offering (for the accomplishment of good fortune), Astrology, Astronomy and Horoscope in the USA, Mexico, India and Russia. He previously served as lecturer and head of department at the Bonpo Department, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India. He has also served as the president of the Nepal Bon Welfare Committee, chanting master at Menri Monastery, and vice-president of the Nepal Bon Buddhist Federation.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and co-founder of Humla Fund. Tempa Lama is an artist and poet and author of four books, Heart Drop of the Loving Mother (2014), Journey into Buddhahood (2013), Inexhaustible Miracles (2011) and The Intimate Mind (2011). Tempa Lama has studied the Bon wisdom teachings, practices, and rituals in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Tempa Lama has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally. 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.


Please note that online registration closes on Friday. You can register at the door or send us an email to reserve your seat!

Ritual cost: $50 (Olmo Ling members), $60 (non-members). Special rate for couples: $85 (Olmo Ling members), $100 (non-members). Children up to age 15 are free, children aged 16-18: $25. Registrations at the door will be accepted – however, seats are limited. Please contact us at if you need financial assistance or have questions about this event.

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