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.

Pema Osel Ling is Currently Closed to Visitors

Monthly Puja Streaming & Upcoming Events: 


Click Here for August Daily Puja Schedule


Click Here for Daily Puja Streaming



Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Seventh Dechö - Aug 3, 9 am.



Lama Tharchin Rinpoche Decho (Parinirvana Anniversary), Dorsem Lama Chöpa Puja by Streaming and Recording


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Pema Osel Ling Needs Your Help!

Donate Now

   Make offerings for Tsok, Lamps, Riwo Sangchod, Digital Texts, Streaming or a general donation to support Pema Osel Ling






Ngondro Teaching: The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma

with Lama Sonam Rinpoche
Saturday, August 8th @ 11am (Pacific)
By Streaming (details coming soon)








100 Million Mantra Accumulation - Please help us add to our total!

As of August 1: 7,313,223 Vajra Guru Mantras 



Guru Rinpoche statue





















Join us for a special Guru Rinpoche Day practice of the Collection of Seven Treasures 

Here are the links to stream the morning and afternoon sessions.
There is no charge but offerings for tsok, lamps or streaming are most welcome. All offerings support Pema Osel Ling through this difficult time. 



 Video Recordings of Recent Teachings and Retreat Practice Sessions Still Available

Click the links below to make an offering and receive links to the practice sessions and teachings. All recordings will be available for several months.



Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Vajra Armor for the Time of Coronatirus (March 28-29) and Vajra Armor for the Time of Coronavirus (April 14)



Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Sam Bercholz and Amy Green: Ngondro (Preliminary Practices)



Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Guru Rinpoche: Powerful Protection for This Time



Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Riwo Sangchod (Mountain Smoke Offering)



Practice Retreat and Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Orgyen Khandro Norlha Wealth and Longevity



Practice Retreat and Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Troma Ngondro and Four Feasts of Chod



Practice Retreat and Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Shitro Ngakso and Neydren Ceremony to Help the Deceased



Practice Retreat and Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Guru Rinpoche 100 Million Mantra Accumulation, “Meaning and Benefit of the Vajra Guru Mantra”




Click the following links to download a copy of: 

The Prayer That Freed Sakya From Disease

Prayers to Eliminate Disease

Four Prayers and Mantras to Recite During the Coronavirus Pandemic  



Click here for the Ngondro Program Schedule

Livestream monthly teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche and Drubpn Pema Rigdzin

and group Ngondro Accumulation sessions

with Choying Wangmo (Regina) FOR PROGRAM MEMBERS ONLY





Enjoy our new 2019 Dharma Retreats and Programs Yearbook 


2019 Yearbook Cover















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!

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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

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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.