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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Monthly Puja Schedule

February Daily Puja Schedule

Special Losar Day Schedule

Feb. 24, Monday - Losar Day - Lake Born Vajra and Khandro Norlha Puja with breakfast tsok, kapse, tea and auspicious sweet rice - 7:00 am - 12:00 pm; Riwo Sang Chod Puja- 2:00-5:00 pm (times approximate)

See complete daily schedule here.


Prayer Flag Sponsorship:

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Prayer flags are for the enhancement of health, longevity, wealth, and all desirable qualities. On Losar Day (February 24, 2020), we will replace last year's prayer flags with new ones during a Riwo Sang Chod (smoke offering) puja. 


Click Here to Sponsor Prayer Flags, Tsok, Butter Lamps and Ritual Activity for Losar




Special Red Chenrezig Puja

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 9 am - 5 pm 

To commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the passing of Ama-la, 1922-2019


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Enjoy our new 2019 Dharma Retreats and Programs Yearbook


2019 Yearbook Cover















Click here for the Ngondro Program Schedule

Livestream monthly teachings and group Ngondro Accumulation sessions with Choying Wangmo (Regina)


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.



March 14, 2020, 3 - 5:30 pm

Tibetan Ceremony to Recapture Longevity and Vitality

with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin



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

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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.