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 

October Revised Daily Schedule 

October 9

New Moon - Buddha Puja

7:00 PM

October 17

Medicine Buddha - Buddha Puja

7:00 PM

October 19

Guru Rinpoche Day - Shower of Blessings

8:00 AM

October 24

Full Moon - Buddha Puja

7:00 PM

October 31

Lhabab Duchen - Buddha Puja

7:00 PM


November Daily Schedule


Ngondro Program Schedule

October 18th 5:30 PM pst 
Ngondro Teaching Webcast
October 27th 10 AM pst 
Group Ngondro Accumulation Webcast 

Open to local sangha and program participants - More Information


Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz

Monthly Teachings and empowerments with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche or special sessions with Vajrayana Foundation senior students

Next program: November 16th 6:30 PM

Healing with Tibetan Medicine
Frederico Trancoso



Joyful Lotus Stupa Mandala - Time Now to Complete

Join us in this sacred endeavor!

Stupa mandala 3D Stone stupa















November 3-4 at Pema Osel Ling

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche teaching on Longchenpa's "The Four Precious Topics of Dharma"








Auction 2018 Promo 

Annual Auction---Coming Soon!

Please contribute an item to support Pema Osel Ling.

November 17-26, 2018

Please contact auction@vajrayana.org with your item to donate.












Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Parinirvana

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 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









Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche's Parinirvana

July 5, 2018

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche BW







Here is a beautiful letter by Lama Sonam Rinpoche


Read the inspiring post by Kunzang Dechen Chodron



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.