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



From Watsonville and Santa Cruz: Eureka Canyon Road from the Corralitos Market is OPEN. 

From San Jose: Summit, Highland and upper Eureka Canyon Roads are currently open. Please drive carefully!

(Updated June 9, 2017)



ShrineRoomGRthrone2_1_.jpgPlease join us for our annual Summer Retreat   Full Daily Schedule

Make Tsok, Butter Lamp, or other offerings for Summer Retreat.

June 1-10 Wrathful Black Hayagriva, with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche

June 11-15 Troma Ngondro Teachings and Practice, with Sangye Khandro

June 16-20 Troma Trekchod Teachings and Intermediate Length Troma Sadhana Practice, with Sangye Khandro

June 22-23 Shitro Ngagso (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) with Ney Dren, Ceremony to Liberate Dead Beings

June 25-July 3 Collection of Seven Treasures Guru Rinpoche Drupchen and Children's Retreat

July 3 Dance Day






Read HH Dudjom Yangsi Sangye Pema Zhepa Rinpoche's inspiring letter to the Pema Osel Ling sangha about our Gutor Losar Vajrakilaya Retreat and the special Dharma Protector practice we did.








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.



Make an offering

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.