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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Pema Osel Ling is Currently Closed to Visitors

- Join us for STREAMING! -

Monthly Puja Streaming & Upcoming Events: 

January Daily Puja Schedule

Click Here for Holy Day and Daily Puja Streaming





 Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche's

Dechö (Parinirvana Anniversary Ceremony)

January 22 @ 9 am By Streaming











2021 POL Yearbook Cover



We hope you enjoy our

2021 Dharma Yearbook!













Siddhi Dung Nyen

Last year we begain accumulating Vajra Guru Mantras.

Our goal is 100 Million. 

Please help us add to our total!

Turn in your mantra count to offerings@vajrayana.org  

As of January 10 2022: The tally is 46, 591, 980    Thank you to everyone helping with this great effort.

Anyone is welcome to start accumulating at any time. 
















Five Taras and Great Arhat Mandala Project

 Tara Western Red Tara Eastern Blue  Tara Southern Yellow  Tara Northern Green

 Lama Sonam Rnpoche has decided that this is the right time to begin a very special project based on a prophecy of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

This will involve commissioning and installing five white marble Tara statues, each approximately 4 feet high, and a Great Arhat Mandala of 25 stone statues in the Pema Osel Ling shrine room.

Find out more!







We invite you to join us in the completion 

of the Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala

a long held aspiration of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Rinpoche.

Dorje Drolo, the destroyer of obstacles, redirects powerful negative energies toward the

path of wisdom, compassion and enlightenment. 

We invite you to be part of this sacred project that is so needed in 2021!


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Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala 2020


                 Lama Sonam Rinpoche at the Red Dorje Drolo Stupa
Click here for  Lama Sonam Rinpoche's teaching: Stupas: Unsurpassed Benefit in This Turbulent Time 
Learn more about the Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala.



 Video Recordings of Recent Teachings and Retreat Practice Sessions Still Available

Click here for the links to 2021 recorded teachings and practice sessions, or the links below to make an offering and receive links to the 2020 recorded practice sessions and teachings.  


Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: Vajra Armor for the Time of Coronavirus (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”


Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche: The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva


Monthly Ngondro Teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche 




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  





2019 Dharma Retreats and Programs Yearbook 


2019 Yearbook Cover















2018 Dharma activity book 

2018 Dharma Programs Cover   
























We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for helping Pema Osel Ling through 2021. With Lama Sonam Rinpoche's and Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche's tireless commitment and our sangha's support, we have been able to stream daily pujas and teachings from our shrine room - attended by hundreds around the world! We are so happy that we have been able to share the profound wisdom of dharma and offer a positive connection during this difficult time.



Red Dorje Drolo Stupa Mandala

Join us in this sacred endeavor!

Stupa mandala 3D Stone stupa













Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Parinirvana

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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.