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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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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.

As Guru Rinpoche was leaving Tibet for the cannibal island of Ngayab Ling, Yeshé Tsogyal recited this prayer to him. Her last direct prayer is profound and full of the blessings of her longing. Although ultimately Guru Rinpoché and Yeshé Tsogyal have no separation, on a relative historical level, these were her last words uttered with very intense and powerful intention and aspiration. The prayer was revealed as a terma (dharma treasure) by the tertön (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa in fifth century Tibet. All Nyingma practitioners and followers of Guru Rinpoché and Yeshé Tsogyal recite this prayer. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoché recited this prayer at the end of each sadhana session. Prayer is a very important part of our practice. We are trying to accomplish enlightenment in this lifetime. But if we don’t completely reach the result based on our own ability, making prayers of aspiration forms a connection to continue our goal after this lifetime, in the bardo, and throughout future lifetimes – it has that great power. Prayer connects us with the blessings of the deity. Through the accumulation of merit and wisdom by making prayers of aspiration, sooner or later our goals reach fruition.”
– Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


 

 

Correction to August Daily Puja Schedule

Dakini Day Puja, Saturday 27, 2016 Time Change from 7:00PM to 8:00AM

Vajrayana Foundation Monthly Daily Puja Schedule

August 2016

 

 

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Parinirvana

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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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