About us

The Vajrayana Foundation is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat and teaching center founded by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. It is a Nyingma center in the Dudjom Tersar tradition. Also a non-profit organization, it was created by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to establish the Buddha Dharma in the West. The main retreat center for the Vajrayana Foundation is Pema Osel Ling (Lotus Land of Clear Light), located in Santa Cruz, California.

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Vajrayana Foundation Monthly Daily Puja Schedule

December, 2016


Third Annual Auction A Huge Success


Thank you to everyone who participated in raising nearly $19,000 for Pema Osel Ling's shrine room and Dharma programs








Come see our new shrine room chandelier!


Special Light Offering of our new shrine room chandelier! 










As part of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Dechö ceremonies, we encourage you to watch Rinpoche teach on the Maha Guru prayer, the bittersweet song Yeshe Tsogyal sang as Guru Rinpoche prepared to leave Tibet.  In this four hour intimate teaching Rinpoche relates the incredible meaning and intention that lies behind this prayer. Download the text. Video from Heart Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.




Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Parinirvana


Lama Tharchin Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana on July 22, 2013

Rinpoche asked Pema Dechen to give his Final Words of Advice (Shal Chem in Tibetan) after he passed:

 English PDF

 Tibetan PDF

 Original Tibetan Handwriting PDF


The Stupa for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

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Become a Member

Support the Foundation through its membership program. Get 10% off retreats and at the Dharma Treasures gift shop.



Support the Foundation

You can provide any level of financial support you want to whichever project or program you'd like to sponsor. We have many "thank you" gifts available as a show of our gratitude for your help.



Make an offering

Make an offering for Tsok or butterlamps, for a specific date or dedication.



Make an offering

We thank you for your generous contributions.



Learn more about the Three Year Retreat Program and ways to Support


Dharma Treasures Bookstore

Books, Thangkas, clothing, etc. You can also email us.

Heart Teachings

Purchase DVDs and CDs of teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

Rinchen Barwa

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Torma collection available for purchase.