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 

March 2018

Saturday, March 17, 8 AM New Moon Buddha Puja

Sunday, March 25, 7:00 PM Medicine Buddha Day Shower of Blessings (During Ngondro Retreat)

Monday, March 26, 7:00 PM Guru Rinpoche Day Shower of Blessings (During Ngondro Retreat)

Saturday, March 31, 7:00 PM Full Moon Buddha Puja (During Ngondro Retreat)

Everyone is welcome!



Sam  Bercholz Hell

Leap Into The Waterfall: The Joy of Natural Discipline

Teachings on the Preliminary Practices with Sam Bercholz

March 24 - 25

Continued Teachings on Ngondro and Personal Accumulations with Amy Green and Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche

March 26 - April 1

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Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Parinirvana and Dechö  

Tsedrub_Tharchin_Ngakpa_Text_touch_up_copy Lotus Lights 2017


Lotus Lights on the Ku-Dung Stupa for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, during his Fourth Dechö (Parinirvana anniversary), August 5-7, 2017.

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







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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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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.