Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s First Dechö (Parinirvana Anniversary): Dorsem Lama Chöpa Practice, August 10-12, 2014


Schedule (revised)
Please note - of you are coming on Sunday August 10, check in is at 1:30 PM as we have a group leaving the land before then

Text List

Dorsem Lama - Chariot of Great Merit
Vajrasattva Daily Practice

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche speaking about Kyabje Dungse Rinpoche's Parinirvana


On August 10-12 we will mark the First Anniversary of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s Parinirvana (Dechö in Tibetan) with three days of Dorsem Lama Chöpa (the Guru in the form of Vajrasattva) practice with self-empowerment.

Regarding Dechö, ”De” is the time when a lama passes into Parinirvana and “Chö” is the aspect where the student can make offerings to connect with the blessings of the lama’s wisdom mind. This is therefore a time of particular significance for all of us with a Dharma connection to Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. As Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, in speaking of Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s Dechö, so poignantly said:

“For us, our Lama’s Dechö is equal to that of Buddha Shakyamuni and all past Buddhas, and is in fact more important because Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is our root lama: He shows us the path, gives teachings, guides us on the path and we rely on Rinpoche until we become fully enlightened and inseparable with him. It is like doing one mantra on a holy day where the merit multiplies by millions. During this time, we can remember Rinpoche’s wisdom, his kindness, how much that has penetrated our mind, how our lives would be inconceivable without him ... We can come together and pray, make aspiration prayers together that immediately this life has set we can be reborn in the Pureland, that we can practice together and attain fully enlightened Buddhahood always together. Then we don’t have any separation, from life to life.”  [For Rinpoche’s full words about Dechö please click here.]

Lama Sonam Rinpoche encourages all sangha to attend, if possible, especially on Sunday August 10, which is the actual one-year anniversary according to the Tibetan calendar.

Please make every effort to join us at this time so that we can come together and pray, so that we can remember Rinpoche’s wisdom, his kindness and how inconceivable our lives would have been without him, and to make aspirations that we will always be inseparable from life to life.

The schedule in brief: (for full schedule see above)
On Sunday, August 10 we will start at 2:30 PM and puja will go till 8:30 PM
On Monday and Tuesday, August 11-12, puja will start at 9:30 AM and will go till 6:00 PM

There is no charge for the pujas but please bring a tsok offering to share. Meals and lodging are $9/meal and $15/night. Please register (to the right of this page) so we can arrange for your participation.

If you have a connection with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche but are unable to join us in person, Lama Sonam Rinpoche recommends that, for your own accumulation, "it would be very beneficial during this time to do Vajrasattva practice, to sponsor tsok, butterlamps [see column on the right] and make any kinds of offerings, including water bowl offerings, prostrations and circumambulations.”

If you are unable to attend but wish to sponsor tsok and/or buttlamps, use the offerings buttons below. (please note if you are attending, you may use the offering add-ons as part of your registration to also make offerings.  click the Register button to the right).


We will read the names of all sponsors and your loved ones each day during tsok.  Please email your name and the name(s) of the loved ones for whom you are sponsoring to


Dechö Tsok Offering


Dechö Butterlamps
in order to give everyone an opportunity to accumulate merit and make a connection to these pujas, we are not limiting sponsorship. All money raised above costs of tsok or butterlamps will go towards care of our shrine and Guru Rinpoche statue, per Lama Sonam Rinpoche's request.
Organizer Vajrayana Foundation


Sun, Aug. 10 - Tue, Aug. 12, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. US/Pacific

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Individual Pricing Options

Per meal - $9.00

Tsok Offering - $21.00

Tsok Offering Entire Tsok - $250.00

Butterlamps Offering - $50.00

Lodging per night - $15.00

Tsok Offering - $108.00

Butterlamps Offering - $25.00

Butterlamps Offering - $100.00


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2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States