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 Special Events  


Monthly Puja Schedule

January Daily Puja Schedule


Holy Days and Special Pujas

January 24: New Moon Day - Buddha Puja & Tsok - 7:00 pm





Pond and wang tents 













We Launched Our 2019 Year End Campaign on Lha Bab Duchen

Your Year-End Gift will preserve Pema Osel Ling as a place of refuge - now and for future generations!


Enjoy our new 2019 Dharma Retreats and Programs Yearbook


2019 Yearbook Cover















Click here for the Ngondro Program Schedule

Bimonthly Live Stream Webcast Teaching and Group Accumulation

Click here for the Wisdom Center Santa Cruz Schedule

Monthly Dharma Activities on the first Wednesday of the month in Downtown Santa Cruz with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, Tulku Thadral Rinpoche (yearly guest appearance) and Drubpon Pema Rigdzin with translator Cy Kassoff translator.


February 5, 2020 @ 6:30~8:00 PM

Concise Vajrakilaya Mantra Practice and Teaching

with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin


In memory of Ama-la, 1922-2019

Amala Red DD Stupa

To make an offering to support the Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Completion Project in Ama-la's name click here.


















We are happy to share our 2018 Dharma activity book 

2018 Dharma Programs Cover   


















Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala - 
Time Now to Complete

Join us in this sacred endeavor!

Sponsor one of 120 stone stupas - Contact us for availability

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.