Wednesday, May 2 2018

7 AM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7 a.m.
Multi-day Event
Practice Retreat



 We apologize, but we are having temporary difficulties with our Summer Retreat registration. Please check back again.


Register for the Full Summer Retreat here. To register for individual retreats, see below.



Text List for all retreats

Pre-Retreat Information

Ride Share  


Make offerings for Summer Retreat 

“Summer Retreat is our Dharma Party, where we gather together. It makes me happy. It also makes HH Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche happy because even though their physical body is not with us, their wisdom mind is always watching from Dharmakaya and their compassion and penetration of wisdom blessings is continuous. With practice, teachings, faith and devotion, their wisdom blessings penetrate deeply so we can truly hit the target. I am encouraging all of you to come to Summer Retreat.”  

~Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche began Vajrayana Foundation’s annual month-long Summer Retreat over 25 years ago as his main vehicle for passing the Dudjom Tersar practices on to the Sangha. In this, he was tirelessly assisted by resident lamas, Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche, who continue to carry out Rinpoche’s intentions to this day.

This year we will offer the following retreats (please note the date changes for Shitro and Drupchen): 

Wrathful Black Hayagriva - May 24th - 31st


Troma Nagmo with Sangye Khandro - June 1st - 9th


Shitro Ngakso and Neydren - June 11th


Namchak Putri Vajrakilaya Drupchen - June 12th - June 23rd

Children's Retreat - June 15th - June 23rd


Summer Retreat is open to everyone.  You are welcome to do the entire Summer, a single retreat, a few days or a couple of sessions --- as your schedule allows --- either as a commuter or as a residential guest. Regarding Drupchen, it is open, but Lama Sonam Rinpoche requests that participants attend at least one full day, including all daytime sessions. 


For more information on Children's Retreat, or on potential children's activities June 12-14, please contact the office.

6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Off-site Event



Dharma Talk with Lama Sonam Rinpoche at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz


Khandro Norlha, or Guru Dzambhala, is Guru Rinpoche manifesting as the deity of wealth for the benefit of beings suffering from poverty and decline. He is the embodiment of the perfect generosity of all buddhas and bodhisattvas in the past, present and future. This practice is said to increase merit, bring success in business, cure disease, end famine and drought, and increase wealth and prosperity.


Everyone is welcome.

$10 at the door (no preregistration)