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About Heart Teachings

Responding to the requests of students, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche established Heart Teachings in 2000 and began producing a monthly series of video Dharma teachings to support the practice of his many heart friends. Rinpoche used this opportunity to offer precise instruction on view, meditation, action and result of the Vajrayana path, focused on presenting detailed guidance on 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 passing into parinirvana in July 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 guidance encompasses a wide range of teachings on 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. Join us as a subscriber.

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About Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


Lama Tharchin Rinpoche was a beloved Dzogchen master of the Dudjom Tersar tradition of the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism. Rinpoche was also 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.

Born in 1936 to highly accomplished and respected yogi parents, Rinpoche trained from the age of eight under the close guidance of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, completing five years of solitary retreat, followed by a traditional three-year retreat, by his early 20s. In addition to cultivating his own meditative experience and realization through dharma practice, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche studied and became accomplished in textual study, ritual, torma-making, mandala design, and sacred art, song, and dance.

In 1960, Rinpoche escaped Tibet with a dangerous month-long journey over the Himalayas on foot, guiding a small group of family and friends into India. Rinpoche continued to serve Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche in Kalimpong and Orissa, India, as well as in Nepal, Taiwan, and eventually America. He continued mastering the traditions under the guidance of his root lamas, Dudjom Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and Lama Sherab Rinpoche, as well as his many other distinguished teachers.

After coming to the United States in 1984, Dudjom Rinpoche asked him to stay and turn the Third Wheel of Dharma, planting the authentic seeds of Buddha's teachings in the West. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche established the Vajrayana Foundation in 1987 and Pema Osel Ling retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains in 1991 with the purpose of preserving the authentic Dudjom Tersar lineage for future generations. Rinpoche passed into parinirvana in 2013, leaving the center under the guidance of Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche.

Photos: Homepage banners: 1. Nurha de Souza at Pema Osel Ling; 2, 3 & 6: Libby Luning in Bhutan; 4. Regina DeCosse; 5. Unknown at POL stupa; About Page: 1. Dwight Smith at Rinpoche's residence; 2. Unknown - at Shingon Temple in Honolulu, Hawaii

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