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 Puja Schedule

January, 2017


Please join us in"Paying It Forward", and make a tax-deductible donation to keep Pema Osel Ling growing.



Guru Rinpoche statue sculpted by Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche at Pema Osel Ling 

See some of our accomplishments in 2016.






















Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Trekchod teachings and practice January 1-8, 2017

Schedule and to register










Lama Tharchin Rinpoche teaching 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





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.



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We thank you for your generous contributions.



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.