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  

July Daily Puja Schedule

Holy Days and Special Pujas

(Please Note July 16th Full Moon time change to 8:00 am!)

Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 am - Full Moon - Buddha Puja

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 am - Dakini Day - Khandro T'huk T'hik


Thank you for a wonderful Summer Retreat!




Black Hat Dance


Amala Red DD Stupa

In memory of Ama-la, 1922-2019

To make an offering to support the Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Completion Project click here.













We are happy to share our 2018 Dharma activity book 

2018 Dharma Programs Cover    
















Ngondro Program Schedule

Livestream Webcasts Ngondro Teachings and Accumulation

  • JULY 14 @ 11am PST ~ 
    Teaching with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche POSTPONED
  • JULY 17  @ 5:30pm PST ~
    Group Ngondro Accumulation with Regina



Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz

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


Next program:


Living a Spiritual Life: Advice on How to Meditate, with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche

September 4

Healing Chod, with Frederico Trancoso 



Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala - Time Now to Complete

Join us in this sacred endeavor!

Sponsor one of 120 stone stupas

Stupa mandala 3D Stone stupa













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 recordings of teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

Rinchen Barwa

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Torma collection available for purchase.