Year End 2016 Paying It Forward


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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche leads Lama Sonam Rinpoche and students in prayer at our offering pond (left); Guru Rinpoche statue at Pema Osel Ling (right)



Scroll down to see some of our 2016 accomplishments

Your year-end, tax-deductible donation will help ensure that Pema Osel Ling continues to thrive as a place where you and others can be immersed in the blessings of the Buddha Dharma.

See below for some of our accomplishments in 2016. Please join us in"Paying It Forward", and make a year-end donation to keep Pema Osel Ling growing


Total needed to give us a firm foundation for growth in 2017: $30,000


How You Can Help Care For Pema Osel Ling Today


Friend $25 - Keeps the lights and heat on in the shrine room for 3 days; Buys a water filter for pure water bowl offerings


Supporter $54 - Provides electricity and maintenance for the offering pond fountain and shrine fountain for a week;  Pays for flyers to advertise one retreat locally


Pillar of Dharma $108 - Sponsors a young person or someone new to the dharma for weekend teaching sessions; Buys Social Media advertising to boost exposure for retreats and other activities


Daka/Dakini $250 - Helps keep our cabins and other buildings comfortable and ready for retreats with things such as new mattresses, comforters, pillows, new paint, repairs, etc.; Weatherproofs our redwood ampitheater deck, office deck or Orchard House deck


Founder $500 - Pays for gutters on the dining hall; Buys an online ad to bring in new people to our dharma activities; Purchases software for improving communications with our sangha; Buys new tires for our faithful old truck 


Patron $1,000 - Buys 100 rechargeable tea lights for the Ku-Dung Stupa offering tables, as they need to be replaced every two years; Pays for a print ad to bring in new people to our retreats; Covers necessary repairs on our tractor


Benefactor $2,000 - Improves drainage around our Round House to stop water damage to our treasure vases, costumes, masks and other precious art works; Covers necessary repairs on our large dump truck


You may also make a donation in any amount here, or by sending a check to Vajrayana Foundation, 2013 Eureka Canyon Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 


Become a Wish-Fulfilling Jewel with a donation of $2,500 or more. E-mail and we will contact you personally.


If you wish, you may split up your donation over three months, beginning any time.

Supporter Recurring Pledge: $18 per month for 3 months


Pillar Recurring Pledge: $36 per month for 3 months


Daka/Dakini Recurring Pledge: $83 per month for 3 months


Founder Recurring Pledge: $167 per month for 3 months



Other ways you can help - Call us at 831-761-6267 or email for details.

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Our 2016 Activities Included:

Dharma Programs, Arts and Shrine Room

  • Hosted twelve annual retreats, plus special ceremonies for Chatral Rinpoche's parinirvana, and teachings with Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche and other guest lamas
  • Began a new three-year retreat group
  • Expanded our Ngondro program, which now serves 50 students
  • Offered puja, tsok, water bowls and butterlamps every day
  • Installed 10 new shrine room lights and a crystal chandelier as a light offering
  • Repainted the gold face and hands of our Guru Rinpoche statue
  • Completed and installed Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's gilded throne
  • Created a new Padmasambhava mask for the sacred dances during Drupchen
  • Produced a variety of new texts and translations

Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements

  • Completed major repairs to the Drupdra (three-year retreat) facility and purchased a truck for their use
  • Installed three generators, nine new heaters and a gas fireplace
  • Recovered our offering and fire safety pond
  • Upgraded our water system with 2 new well pumps and water tanks
  • Paved the Bayview Meadow activity area and installed a gas fire pit
  • Removed ten dangerous fir trees
  • Increased fire safety with new hoses and hydrants
  • Repaired roofs on the dining hall, Round House, and several cabins
  • Installed gutters on the Round House
  • Installed an irrigation system for the dining hall lawn
  • Paved a segment of road around the Sangha House
  • Augmented our gardens with new trees, shrubs and flowers
  • Built a kitchen storage shed
  • Purchased a pool cover and upgraded the pool chemical handling system
  • Installed a large light pole by the shrine restrooms

Programs and Services to our Sangha and Community

  • Increased our Dharma Treasures inventory and online presence
  • Held a resin-casting Arts Workshop
  • Created a traditional Tibetan wedding blessing ceremony
  • Continued work on digitizing archived teachings of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and other lamas that taught at Pema Osel Ling over the past 25 years


"I next envisioned Pema Osel Ling as remaining for a long time to come... where teachers would teach and generations of people would come for teachings and practice."     Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, 2002


"To help maintain Pema Osel Ling is to
 gather vast merit, as it is an extremely 
holy place. I am not sure if any of us 
truly understands how precious and 
important it is – not just for us, but 
also for the whole world, now and for
 future generations. Not only do we 
now have the stupas, with relics of 
countless sublime beings, but Pema 
Osel Ling is a place where a living
 Buddha, our Lord of Refuge Dungse 
Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, has walked 
and taught and blessed us with
 empowerments. The statue that he built with his own two hands sits in our shrine room; the uninterrupted, fresh blessings from this statue are inconceivable. He also taught the entire path of Vajrayana here – from Ngondro to Dzogchen - and gave us all the Dudjom empowerments – amazing!

...we can offer our efforts supporting Pema Osel Ling with joy, and dedicate our merit to our loved ones and all beings.

Thank you again and again to everyone who supports this jewel – the legacy of our most sublime teacher, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.” Lama Sonam Rinpoche (2014)