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

May 2016



Magical Display of the Arts Resin Casting Demonstration

June 5, 2:30-5 PM at the Round House















Vajrayana Foundation's Annual Summer Retreat 
June 14-July 14, 2016


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Troma Ngondro w/ Sangye Khandro - June 14-23
Black Hayagriva - June 23-July 1
Troma Empowerment w/ Gyepa Rinpoche -  July 2
Shitro Ngagso w/ Nyedren Ceremony - July 3-4
Collection of Seven Treasures Drupchen and Children's Retreat - July 6-14




Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche taught recently on Ritual at Orgyen Dorje Den. 

Read Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche's words of thanks.

















 Losar Greeting from Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche 













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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

Read more and make a donation to this project.















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



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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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Dharma Treasures Bookstore

Books, Thangkas, clothing, etc. You can also call (831) 761-6274 or 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.