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

Eureka Canyon Road is OPEN

Summit Road is CLOSED


Ngondro Retreat March 25-April 2


March 25-26 Faith, Meditation, and Realization:  A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar Revealed, with Sam Bercholz


March 27-April 2 Ngondro Retreat continues with Lama Sonam Rinpoche and Amy Green

Join us for the weekend, the full Ngondro Retreat, or drop in any session










Thank you everyone for participating in Gutor and Losar Retreat


According to tradition, on Losar Day, February 27, 2017, we replaced all the prayer flags at Pema Osel Ling with new ones during a Riwo Sang Chod smoke offering puja. 















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 will be doing.








Please join us in"Paying It Forward", and make a tax-deductible donation to keep Pema Osel Ling growing.



Guru Rinpoche statue sculpted by Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche at Pema Osel Ling 

See some of our accomplishments in 2016.








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.