A Brief History of the Vajrayana Foundation and Pema Osel Ling

The story of Pema Osel Ling (Lotus Land of Clear Light) begins in 1984 when Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist Lama (teacher) of the Nyingma tradition, came to America. In 1988 he settled in Santa Cruz, CA and founded the non-profit Vajrayana Foundation to preserve the spiritual, cultural, and artistic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism through education, sacred arts, meditation retreats, and text translation.

By 1990, the Foundation had outgrown its small center and began searching for another home. A gentle rain left Camp Corralitos glistening on a morning in November when an excited group of members visited. Lama Tharchin quickly recognized the special beauty of the land that has both redwood groves and panoramic views. With generous support, the Foundation was able to purchase the property and Pema Osel Ling was born. 

We started hosting group events and weddings as a way to support our non-profit activity and to share the peace and beauty of this land with everyone. When you are here, we invite you to visit our Shrine and Stupa World Peace Park.  You will see a 20 foot statue of the Buddha Padmasambhava,, sculpted here on the land by  esteemed teacher, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and Lama Tharchin, who guided student apprentices. You can also stroll down the redwood and madrone forest trail to our Stupa World Peace Park, where you will see a truly unique monument.

Our facilities are well equipped to host a wide variety of events from weddings to retreat, parties and workshops. The pristine redwood setting, with views of the Monterey Bay, offers a place of refuge and renewal for guests throughout the year and a wide variety of people, from all faiths and backgrounds, choose to hold their events at Pema Osel Ling, in support of our mission to cultivate the Buddhist ideals of peace and compassion.

Thank you for considering Pema Osel Ling for your special event!

*We request that our guests follow rules of conduct in accordance with our spiritual practice. These include: no smoking on the land (an area just off the land is provided); no abuse of illegal drugs; no use or threat of physical violence; no propagation of misguided racial or sexual attitudes, abuse, or harassment. 

May All Beings Benefit