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

Monthly Puja Streaming & Upcoming Events: 


Click Here for Daily Puja Streaming 

Click Here for Daily Puja Schedule

Click Here for June Summer Retreat Schedule


Pema Osel Ling Needs Your Help!

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 Video Recordings of Recent Teachings Still Available


Lama Sonam Rinpoche's Teachings on Riwo Sang Chöd (Mountain Smoke Offering) May 15 - 21 Recordings available.





Lama Sonam Rinpoche gave the Oral Transmissions (Lungs) for both the Dudjom Tersar and Chariot of the Path of Unity ("Sa Ter") Ngondros and a teaching on May 3.

The links to the recorded teachings will be available online for at least one month

Click here for the YouTube link and to make offerings.




Click the following link to download a copy of: 

Four Prayers and Mantras to recite durring the Coronavirus Pandemic


Click the following link to download a copy of:

The Prayer That Freed Sakya From Disease

 (Updated version 03/24/2020)


Vajra Armor for the Time of Coronavirus

 Vajrapani Dorje Gotrab

 Recorded teachings are still available online

Click here to make an offering to access links


Coronavirus protection


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!

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

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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.