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.

Upcoming Events


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Vajrayana Foundation Monthly Puja Schedule 

Summer Retreat Schedule through June 24


Tenshuk (Longlife Ceremony) for H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche

Khandro T'huk T'hik Puja and Tsok

June 24th starting at 7 AM

 Pond and Gate


Vajrayana Foundation Annual Summer Retreat with His Holiness Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche


June 1 through June 24, 2018

  • Dudjom Tersar Empowerments - June 5 to June 12
  • Namchak Putri Vajrakilaya Mendrup Drupchen  - June 13-22 SESSIONS JUNE 15 to 21 are 7:30 AM to 1 PM and 2:30 to 8:30 PM (approximate ending time); June 22 Siddhis and Fire Pujas times TBD
  • Collection of Seven Treasures Guru Rinpoche Tsok and our annual sacred dancing - June 23


  • Tenshuk (Long Life Ceremony) for H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche - June 24 Khandro T'huk T'hik Puja and Tsok Starting at 7 AM - Everyone is welcome

  • Make offerings for the Tenshuk



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Dudjom Tersar Empowerments and Oral Transmissions and Namchak Putri Vajrakilaya Mendrup Drupchen

Thank you for making this historic event such a success!

Sampa Lhundrupma Prayer Rinpoche recommended during the empowerments is available here through Dharma Treasures or download here for tablet.









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. Rinpoche's Fifth Dechö will be July 27, 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.