Vajrayana Foundation 28th Drupchen Annual Summer Retreat

Guru Rinpoche, sculpted by Kyabje Dugnse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Pema Osel Ling Shrine Room, Santa Cruz Mountains

June 12-20 – Troma Nagmo with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche
June 21-27 – Black Hayagriva with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche
June 28-30 – Shitro Ngakso
July 3-11 – Drupchen and Children’s Retreat


“Summer Retreat is our Dharma Party, where we gather together. It makes me happy. It also makes HH Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche happy because even though their physical body is not with us, their wisdom mind is always watching from Dharmakaya and their compassion and penetration of wisdom blessings is continuous. With practice, teachings, faith and devotion, their wisdom blessings penetrate deeply so we can truly hit the target. I am encouraging all of you to come to Summer Retreat.”  

~Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche began Vajrayana Foundation’s annual month-long Summer Retreat over 25 years ago as his main vehicle for passing the Dudjom Tersar practices on to the Sangha. In this, he was tirelessly assisted by resident lamas, Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche, who continue to carry out Rinpoche’s intentions to this day.

Summer Retreat is open to everyone.  You are welcome to come for the entire Summer, a single retreat, a few days or a couple of sessions — as your schedule allows — either as a commuter or as an onsite guest.

Daily Schedule

Ngondro Webcast Teaching with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin

Monday, May 20th @ 5:00 pm Pacific

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See you then!

Webcast Ending Prayers download link

This Webcast Livestream is open for
the Vajrayana Foundation Ngondro Program Participants.


Learn about the Ngondro Program

When Remembering My Mother

Sangyum Rikzin Wangmo with
Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol

Listen now, Tsokdruk Rangdrol!

You say that your mother, who bore you
In her womb in this life, was kind.
But why, then, do you not consider even once
The kindness of other beings who helped you,
Your parents from countless lives in the past?

Now all these past mothers of yours are suffering
From intense heat and cold, hunger and thirst, and servitude,
They are crippled, destitute, and sick—
So how could you forget them all?

All living beings have been your kind mothers,
And if it is true, as the Buddha himself said,
That there’s no difference between your present mother
And those of your previous lives,
Why do you persist in making distinctions
Between mothers of earlier and later lives?
What could be the point of such discrimination?
Consider it well!

To neglect all your mothers from the past,
And remember only one is a form of attachment.
So don’t think that you’ve truly aroused compassion!
For as long as you have partiality and attachment,
There will be no liberation from saṃsāra.
For as long as you have attachment,
Don’t claim to have renounced the affairs of this life!

To forget all those who have been your mother in the past,
While shedding tears at the thought of your old mother now,
Would, if seen by your teacher, or the buddhas and their heirs,
Prove nothing but a source of embarrassment!

Consider the kindness of your mothers from the past!
If you should weep while contemplating their plight,
The teacher, the buddhas and their heirs will all rejoice.

Just as you think of your mother in this life, therefore,
Contemplate the suffering and hardship
Of all those poor beings who were your mothers before,
And shed tears for them all, again and again.

Just as you feel love for your mother in this life,
Generate love for all beings, your mothers from the past,
And arouse compassion and bodhicitta too—
With this, you will enter the ranks of the Mahāyāna.

Again and again, bring to mind all the kindness
Of beings of the six classes, your own kind parents.
If you care for them like your mother of this life,
They will love you too, as their very own child.

Tsokdruk Rangdrol spoke these words to himself on one
occasion when remembering his mother.