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 

May 2018

Please join us--- all are welcome! 



 Vajrakilaya NCP Vajrayana Foundation Annual Summer Retreat

 June 1 through June 23, 2018

New Schedule - Updated May 23, 2018

  • Troma Retreat with Sangye Khandro - June 1 to June 3
  • Troma Intermediate Length Sadhana and tsok - June 4
  • Dudjom Tersar Empowerments - June 5 to June 12
  • Namchak Putri Vajrakilaya Mendrup Drupchen  - June 13-22
  • Collection of Seven Treasures Guru Rinpoche Tsok and our annual sacred dancing - June 23



Dudjom Tersar Empowerments and Oral Transmissions 

Registration Now Open

Onsite housing and tent camping are only available for those attending the complete 8 days of empowerments and oral transmissions

We are sorry, but there is no member discount for this event.  


Registration for Drupchen and Troma will reopen Sunday.

There is no need to re-register for those who have already registered for Drupchen and Children's Retreat






Ama-la in Nepal with prayer wheels

Ama-la will be 96 next month!

To allow her to continue to come to puja we need to build a new, more gradual path (both for walking and wheelchair) from her house. The path is currently quite steep and may prevent her from getting to the shrine room.  

Make a Mother's Day gift for Ama-la's New Path. 





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.

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana on July 22, 2013. His next Dechö will be July 27-28, 2018

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







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.