Lama Tsedrup Tharchin Rinpoche 1936-2013

Pema Dechen and Drubpon Pema Rigdzin standing next to Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s Throne in the Shrineroom at the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was a beloved Dzogchen master of the Dudjom Tersar tradition of the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism and the tenth family lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakmang in Amdo, the largest community of yogi and lay tantric practitioners in Tibet. The Repkong ngakpas were revered throughout the region for their realization and ability to benefit others through the power of their tantric practice. (continue to read at Lama Tharchin Rinpoche entered parinirvana on July 22, 2013

This year, on Rinpoche’s 10th Solar Parinirvana Anniversary, Saturday, July 22, Jnanasukha Foundation is offering  a day of community, practice and teaching beginning at 9:00 am with Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, and students of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. For more information, to see the schedule of events and to connect to join this commemorative event, visit:

Chakung Wangdrak Rinpoche (Spiritual Director of the Abhaya Fellowship) will give a teaching from 10am – noon on “The Ngakpa Tradition: Stories and a Teaching in Honor of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, ” hosted by the Abhaya Fellowship. You can find the login information using this link on The Heart Teachings by Lama Tharchin website:

On August 1st, the Lunar Anniversary date, the Vajrayana Foundation is offering a day of practice, by livestream or to attend in person at the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, the Dorsem Lama Chopa Offering of the Lama in the Form of Vajrasattva puja and tsok. For more information and to receive live stream links, visit:

Following herein in three versions: English, Tibetan and by Rinpoche’s hand, we want to re-share Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s ShalChem, Final Words of Advice. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche requested Pema Dechen to give his Final Words of Advice to people after he passed.




“Responding to the requests of students, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche established Heart Teachings in 2000 (as Friends of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche) and began producing monthly Dharma teaching videos to support the practice of his many heart friends. Rinpoche used this opportunity to offer precise instruction on the view, meditation, action, and result of the vajrayana path, focusing on presenting detailed guidance for many of the most important practices of our Dudjom Tersar lineage.  Rinpoche’s video series provided us, wherever we were, with a way to connect with Rinpoche each month, helped support Rinpoche’s personal retreats, and allowed us to compile a vast library capturing Rinpoche’s unique wisdom heritage. Following Rinpoche’s instructions, after his passing into parinirvana on July 22, 2013, we have continued collecting, cataloging, preserving, and making available Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s Vajrayana Buddhist legacy of teachings, practice and ritual traditions, writings and art, stemming particularly from the Nyingma and Dudjom Tersar yogi traditions.

Rinpoche’s teachings encompass a wide range of topics from Vajrayana Buddhism, including the foundational preliminary practices, our most common Dudjom Tersar sadhana practices, and Dzogchen. Suitable for beginning to advanced practitioners, Rinpoche’s heart advice will illuminate spiritual practice in any tradition.

Since the Heart Teachings’ inception, our monthly subscribers have formed the heart of support and continue to be an essential element of, and inspiration for, our work.”

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