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1101 Greenfield Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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Olmo Ling is a religious educational non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.

The Center offers weekly meditation practice and teachings, prayers, meditation instruction and private interviews, and a study program that includes regular retreats with Tempa Dukte Lama and visiting lamas of the Bon tradition.

A Refuge for Practitioners

Our weekly program offers a space of refuge; a space where people can support each other in their practice and where we can reconnect with our innate pure nature and good heart.

Bon Studies

Olmo Ling’s study program offers the Bon teachings through retreats and workshops on a variety of topics for practitioners of all ages. In order to preserve the Bon traditions for current and future practitioners, the Center publishes new and commentary texts and translations of essential Bon practices.

Bon Social Action

The Bon spiritual teachings of compassion and liberation from suffering become alive when we express them through our actions. Olmo Ling offers special training practices in the area of healing and programs in compassionate care and spiritual support for the dying.

We are currently working to establish a Project on Being with Dying, a Children and Teen Project, and a Prison Project. The Project on Being with Dying offers training programs in compassionate care for working with the dying along with spiritual help and support for the dying. The Olmo Ling Prison Project offers prisoners guided meditation instruction in ways to transform their difficulties. These training programs enable people who wish to actively help others to become a resource for them through social action inspired by the Bon teachings

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Nepal Earthquake Relief

Olmo Ling
On April 25, an earthquake hit Nepal, causing massive devastation and killing more than 7,000 throughout Nepal, India, and China. Nepalese officials say that more than 14,000 were injured.
Long time adviser to One World Blue, Tempa Lama
whose website address is www.olmoling.org , is director of Olmo Ling Institute here in Pittsburgh.
Tempa is helping the victims of the devastating earthquake by providing food, water, clothing, medicine and other urgently needed items for them.
He and the people of Nepal need our help. Please donate what you can.

Votes4 DateMay 6, 2015

Funded: 2 $1,018.00 / $50,000.00

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Music for Menri

Olmo Ling
Directed by Olmo Ling chant leader Eileen Nadzam, Music for Menri provides Western instruments and music lessons to nuns in the Renla Menling Nunnery at Menri Monastery, India, as well as Western music education for students in the Menri Monastery school. Eileen is also building an extensive collection of transcriptions of Bon chants and other sacred music into Western notation to support their preservation for future generations.
Eileen Nadzam has loved music since she can remember. She received a M.F.A. in Music from Carnegie Mellon University, is a member of the Pittsburgh Musicians’ Union, and currently owns a music studio that serves a number of students. Eileen became interested in Tibetan Bon in 2008 when she met Tempa Lama, who had recently moved to Pittsburgh to start the Olmo Ling temple. When Eileen attended her first meditation and Bon talk with Tempa Lama, she felt as if she had “finally come home.” As Eileen says, “Everything seemed somehow familiar to me.” The music of the chants, and especially the vibrations within the chants, transported her to a beautiful place within herself.
Eileen decided to transcribe the Bon chant melodies into western musical notation so they could be preserved for posterity in their original form. Her first chant transcriptions were published in a book of chants that was presented to His Holiness when he visited Pittsburgh in June 2011. His Holiness then invited Eileen to spend time at Menri Monastery teaching the nuns Western music on the violin (an instrument he finds especially pleasing), as well as to record and transcribe music. The Music for Menri project was born!
Eileen and her husband John have generously donated violins for the project and also sponsor two young Menri nuns so they may have a complete education.

Votes6 DateApr 9, 2015

Funded: 1 $10.00 / $50,000.00

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Humla Nursing Education Project

Olmo Ling
The Humla region of northwestern Nepal is one of the most stunningly beautiful, as well as, geographically isolated and underserved areas of Nepal. Healthcare resources are scarce, with only one hospital in a region the size of Connecticut and a population of over 50,000. Many villages lack even a single trained healthcare worker, forcing villagers to walk days to access basic health services.
The Humla Nursing Education Project plans to address this need by identifying local students in Humla who aspire to careers in nursing in their home villages. We will cover the cost of tuition, books and other supplies throughout their education in exchange for a commitment to serve the Humla region as community healthcare workers. The cost of 4 years of education in the capital city, Kathmandu, is less than the cost of a semester at some US public universities.
SANGITA our first student:
Our first student, Sangita, has already passed entrance exams and is studying at nursing school thanks to private donations. With your help, we can ensure that she finishes her education and returns to serve her remote community at the top of the world. Your sponsorship and in-kind donations will help us reach this goal and expand access to healthcare for the people of Humla.

And be part of this beauty!!!


Votes12 DateFeb 25, 2015

Funded: 3 $105.00 / $5,000.00

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Geshe Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen

Olmo Ling
Geshe Yangtön Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche is a descendent of the esteemed Yangtön lineage whose history is closely interwoven with the history of Yungdrung Bön itself. It is said that two of Lord Tonpa Shenrap’s direct disciples were Yangtön lamas. Geshe Yangton Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche was the first member of the Yangtön lineage to receive a Geshe degree in 1986. He is also the abbot of the Yangtön monastery, Yanggon Tongdrol Phuntsok Ling, in his high-altitude home village of Tsarka in Upper Dolpo, Nepal. Geshe Yangton travels internationally to give teachings and empowerments.
Holder of the profound Yangton lineage which traces its ancestry back to Yangton Sherab Gyaltsen in the 11th century
Chang Bu Gyatsa Chod Healing Prayer Ritual
With Geshe Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen and Tempa Dukte Lama
Register now
Sunday July 9, 2017, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Please join us to experience the healing power of the Chang Bu Gyatsa prayer ritual. Bon lamas Geshe Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen and Tempa Dukte Lama will perform this special healing prayer for the benefit of our community. The Chang Bu Gyatsa prayer ritual opens the possibility of deep healing of our body, mind, and soul. The ritual has the power to clear karmic obscurations that restrict our happiness, prosperity, health and longevity, or that lead to misfortune and difficulties in our family relationships.
We human beings are constantly affected by changes in our lives, difficult relationships, illness, pain and suffering. If we cannot find a way to deal with these difficulties, we may develop fear and anxiety. The Chang Bu Gyatsa ritual prayer opens up the possibility of clearing the underlying karma so that we may experience happiness and healing. It can heal difficult physical or mental conditions that may not respond to medical treatment as expected. Sometimes our karmic conditions cause a hindrance to treatment or force us to make wrong choices that may worsen our situation instead of leading to healing. In such cases the power of ritual prayer can help find balance and open the way to new possibilities of healing, joy, and prosperity. Moreover, the Chang Bu Gyatsa ritual supports us in reconnecting with our true nature of purity and joy.
To Register please follow this link:

Votes1 DateJul 4, 2017

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Join us for a retreat on the Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’

Olmo Ling
Welcome to Olmo Ling
Olmo Ling is a religious educational non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.
Olmo Ling offers weekly meditation practice and teachings, prayers, meditation instruction and private interviews, and a study program that includes regular retreats with Tempa Dukte Lama and visiting lamas of the Bon tradition.
Join us for a retreat on the Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’
with Tempa Dukte Lama and Andrew Kaiser
Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.
Chod means to cut through. This unique practice with its melodious chant and visualization involves our whole being to help us develop the wisdom that can cut through the four fears or demons that afflict us and cause suffering:
•Our grasping of the ego
•Our attachment to our physical body and the five aggregates of form, feelings, perception, mental formations, and consciousness
•Our afflicted emotions and habits and
•Our fear of mortality and our attachment to our continuation as a permanent and independently existing entity.
The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ was composed by the great Bon Dzogchen Master Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen who achieved the rainbow body in 1934. The Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to learn this powerful practice or to deepen your knowledge of and familiarity with Chod. The Retreat will combine detailed instruction and guided practice, including the specific chanting, visualizations of the invoked dakinis, and accompanying drum and bell practice. A limited number of traditional Tibetan hand-drums (Damarus) handmade in Nepal will be available for sale.
Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon lama. He studied closely with His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin at Menri Monastery from the age of six. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Olmo Ling Publications. He is an artist, poet, and the author of Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Journey into Buddhahood, The Intimate Mind, and Inexhaustible Miracles. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of compassion, healing, and happiness into their lives. Tempa Lama will be joined in offering this retreat by senior practitioner Andrew Kaiser who has practiced Chod for a number of years.
Early bird rate through Monday December 28, 6pm: Olmo Ling members: $89, non-members: $99. From December 29: Olmo Ling members: $108, non-members $120. Join us as a member to receive a 10% discount on Retreats at Olmo Ling.
Please do not let financial hardship affect your attendance. Contact Susan for scholarship opportunities at 412-904-1112 or by email to: bon@olmoling.org .

Votes2 DateJan 8, 2016

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Olmo Ling July Events

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Ancient Tibetan Thrul Khor Yoga Retreat
With Tempa Dukte Lama and Geshe Chhembel Gurung
July 30-31 at Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Join us for a special weekend Workshop on the ancient Tibetan Yoga practice of Thrul Khor, the “wheel of miracles”, with Tempa Lama and Geshe Chhembel. Thrul Khor is the training of harmonizing our body, mind and energy. The harmonious state of our being is a manifestation of joy, peace and prosperity of our body, mind and energy. This state manifests when we clear obstacles, obscurations and blockages of our energy, as well as blockages of mental clarity and wisdom due to agitation, dullness and drowsiness. Thrul Khor utilizes gentle physical movement, breathing and visualization to clear our mind so that we can abide in natural clarity and insight. Through this yogic practice we can transform conditioning that causes disturbances and imbalances in the three humors of wind, bile and phlegm and thus maintain a healthy body.
Mental stability, gentle physical movement and proper circulation of the vital breath will be the focus of this yogic training.
Olmo Ling Monthly Youth Sangha Program – Summer Meeting July 2
The Olmo Ling Youth Sangha meets once a month (during the regular school year) on a Friday evening with activities for both younger (0-10) and older (11-17) children beginning at staggered times. From 6-7PM activities will be geared towards the younger children with the teens welcome to come as well to assist. From 7-8PM activities will become a little more advanced, but related to what has already been taking place with the younger children able to leave if necessary for earlier bedtimes. Parents and friends are always welcome and we specifically request that parents of children birth thru 5 years of age plan on staying. Children 6 and up may be dropped off if they desire more independence although families are always welcome to attend.
The Friday evening Youth Sangha is a mindful way to end the school week and begin the weekend. This Program is free and open to all, and newcomers are always warmly welcome. Gatherings include a snack, meditation, and an art activity such as calligraphy, music & literature or discussions and service projects. Tempa Lama will join some of the sessions to lead creative and mindful activities.
2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2
We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.
We will be selling the cloth prayer flags to raise funds for the young nuns at Redna Menling Monastery in India, as well as to help fund the Youth Sangha. We do have all five colors of paper and any family who wants to print a set of these to take home for indoor use will be welcome to do so. As always, if anyone can sew on a machine and is willing to take some sets home to complete by September when we resume regular meetings, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please RSVP with the Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss at Bonnie or 412-877-4049, to ensure adequate materials are available for class as well as to advise about any food allergies or special accommodations that might benefit your child.
Bon Ngondro Retreat with Tempa Lama at Alma Yoga Center
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday, July 17, 10am-1pm
Alma Yoga, 67 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, NY 13783-1037
During this special weekend, Tempa Lama will continue teaching the ancient Tibetan preliminary Bon practices known as “Ngondro”. He will begin with review of the 1st part, taught last year. If you didn’t participate in last year’s retreat, please feel free to participate this year.
Ngondro practice is very beneficial for our life. It helps us connect deeply with our spiritual teachers and cultivate and stabilize the heart and mind that wish to benefit all beings. Ngondro is a powerful practice for purifying our karmic tendencies and negativities, cleansing our body, speech and mind and preparing us to recognize our true nature.
The Heart Mantra for Healing and Transformation with Tempa Dukte Lama
A Humla Fund event to benefit the Humla medical clinics
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:30am-5:30pm
Sruti Berkshire Yoga Center, Great Barrington, MA
In this daylong workshop Tempa Dukte Lama will give the transmission and instruction for the contemplative Tibetan Bon practice of the Heart Mantra, Du Tri Su for healing and transformation. he Heart Mantra is the heart essence of the teaching of the Bon Buddha Tonpa Shenrab.
Public talk with Tempa Lama: The Authentic and Compassionate Self Revealed
Thursday July 28, 7pm.
Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt Royal Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
Join us for a public talk with Tempa Lama in the Art and Inspiration series at Shaler North Hills Library, entitled “The Authentic and Compassionate Self Revealed”. The Art and Inspiration series is facilitated by artist William Rock as a forum for artists, poets, writers and musicians to discuss creativity and dialogue on the ways in which creativity and spirituality inform each other.
Suggested donation: $5.
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Tempa and the Olmo Ling Staff and Community Thank You

Votes2 DateJun 30, 2016

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Tempa lama introduction to the nature of mind

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Tempa Lama Introduction to the Nature of Mind
My dear friends, i would like to share this video with you all. you all have a beautiful week. Tempa Dukte Lama
Tempa dukte lama short talk on the nature of mind and threefold path of liberation in Bon Tradittion of Tibet.

Votes1 DateJan 8, 2016

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Geshe Yangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Jul 4, 2017 @ 02:24:14 pm
Olmo Ling July Events Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:03:04 pm
Join us for a retreat on the Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:46:00 am
Tempa lama introduction to the nature of mind Jan 8, 2016 @ 04:54:02 am
Nepal Earthquake Relief May 6, 2015 @ 05:44:03 am
Music for Menri Apr 9, 2015 @ 02:30:15 pm
Humla Nursing Education Project Feb 25, 2015 @ 05:44:54 pm

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