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Graduate psychology programs host Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now with Tempa Dukte Lama from Pittsburgh’s Olmo Ling Bon Center

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
February 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 18, 2011) … Chatham University’s graduate programs in psychology will welcome Tempa Dukte Lama from the Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh and psychologists Jon Spiegel, Ph.D. and Stanley Perelman, Ph.D. for a weekend course - Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now from March 18-20, 2011. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors are invited to register for the course on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Continuing education credits are available for qualified participants.

Tempa Lama, who was born in and grew up in Nepal, founded the non profit organization Olmo Ling in Pittsburgh in 2007. At Olmo Ling Center, Tempa Lama is working to make the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition available and accessible for all who wish to bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives. Central areas of his work include translations and commentaries on Bon teachings and practices, and the creation of an educational program geared toward the needs of psychologists and medical professionals in the areas of healing, compassionate care and spiritual support for the dying.

“Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now” will introduce participants to Bon and other Eastern Wisdom Traditions that describe the arising of afflicted states of mind, their effect on our surroundings and relationships, and the healing of affliction and suffering. Participants will explore the intimate connection between the health of the self and the health of the surroundings in the context of two threads of existence: the subjective experience of a person with a mind, body, emotions and certain potentials and limitations (“the conceptual karmic body”), and the transpersonal experience that is characterized by pure presence, open awareness, and the capacity for spontaneous, flexible action.

Dr. Mary Beth Mannarino, director of the graduate programs in psychology at Chatham, is delighted to host the course on campus. “Chatham’s graduate psychology programs recognize and embrace the complex relationship between well–being of individuals and the diverse environments touching their lives. We support our students toward becoming professionals who promote balanced, intentional, and healthy living through their work, and are grateful for the growth opportunity provided by this course.”

Click here for information about registration and about Tempe Dukte Lama, Dr. Siegel, and Dr. Perelman.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Mannarino, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Chatham’s graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, at 412-365-1196 or

About Chatham University’s Graduate Psychology Programs
Chatham University offers three unique graduate degrees in psychology — a Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) for students who are seeking education about human behavior either to enrich their work lives or to apply for doctoral study in psychology; a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) for students who would like to practice as licensed professional counselors; and a Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) for students interested in becoming licensed psychologists.

Chatham’s graduate programs in psychology are built upon the university’s rich history of commitment to diversity and global awareness, sustainability and the environment, and women’s health and well-being. These themes are woven into coursework and practical experiences.