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.


Monthly Puja Streaming & Upcoming Events: 

Click Here for Daily Puja Streaming Links


Daily Puja Schedule May 2023


Click Here for the Ngondro Program Schedule and here for Links to Monthly Teachings


Make Offerings for the teachers, or for Tsok, Butter Lamps or Riwo Sangchod - Names of donors and loved ones will be read daily at tsok 



Troma Mandala

Troma Nagmo Retreat

June 4-13

Empowerment, Lungs and Teachings with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche

Practice with Tulku Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche, Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche, Lama Sonam Rinpoche and all our lamas and sangha.

Everyone Welcome!

 Click here for the daily schedule.

For more information and to register to attend in person or by streaming click here.









Five Taras and Four Lamas

Five Taras and Great Arhat Mandala Project 

Tara Statues installed May 10th













 Namgyal Dawa R FB1

Namgyal Dawa Rinpoche to give Shitro

and Collection of Seven Treasures Guru Rinpoche empowerments

during Summer Retreat.


See all four summer retreats here.













Drubpon Pema Rigdzin 

Drubpon Pema Rigdzin

Series on the Benefits of Retreat
Click the link to view the recorded teaching.

Free of charge, offerings are welcome. 












Covid Policy (February 9, 2023)

The Community Risk Level in Santa Cruz County is currently low, so we are making masks optional in the Shrine Room. Vaccination is encouraged but not required. Good hand washing is still important to maximize health, and you should stay home if ill or exposed. We will continue to use exhaust fans for improved air quality, but social distancing may not be practical and everyone needs to be aware that chanting and playing horn instruments are part of our ritual activities. We encourage unvaccinated and immunosuppressed people to protect themselves with quality masks. We will have masks at the entrance to the shrine room for people who wish to use them. 


For those traveling by air or other public transportation to get to Pema Osel Ling, we request that you self-test before leaving home and wear a mask during your travels. If anyone becomes ill and tests positive for Covid while at Pema Osel Ling, they will be asked to isolate and leave the retreat immediately. This policy will be reviewed periodically and may change if Covid risk increases again locally. 







We Hope You Enjoy Our 2022 Pema Osel Ling Yearbook


Pema Osel Ling 2022 Yearbook Cover 


















Swift Rebirth Prayers for H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche III Sangye Pema Shepa


Dudjom Yangsi Passing Letter English 































Sangha Photo Siddhi Dung Nyen









Siddhi Dung Nyen


In 2020 we began accumulating the Vajra Guru Mantra to bring balance to the World


Our goal is 100 Million. 

We are over half way there! 

Please help us in our endeavor.


Send your mantra totals to offerings@vajrayana.org  




As of May 1, 2023 the total recited is 75.2 Million

Thank you for helping with this great effort!

Join us to start accumulating at any time and simply submit your totals, daily, weekly, monthly or otherwise to the email above. 





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.