The Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center is located in Central California. This sacred site has been empowered by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III as the Fourth Vajra Throne in the world today and the first in the western world. It is the home of the Holy Vajra Poles. It can be visited by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike and serves as a portal for them to access various holy beings and receive their blessings. This website is to tell you who we are; what we have to offer; how you can participate in our activities; how you can contribute to the promotion, development, and maintenance of this holy place; and our plans for a second temple and long-term retreat facility in southern California. Click here to subscribe to NEWSLETTER on the activities and events at the temple. A disclaimer must be made that this website and the related websites of the Xuanfa Institute and Xuanfa Five Vidyas University have not been reviewed or approved by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and probably contains errors and misunderstandings and should be used for reference only and not considered correct Buddha-dharma per se. Any errors or mistranslations should be reported to the Xuanfa Institute at for correction.

Dharma & Ritual

In addition to providing access to discourses on the Buddha-dharma by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center will provide a sacred space for many dharma rituals—whether holding dharma assemblies to celebrate and pay homage to great Bodhisattvas and Buddhas, praying for world peace and avoiding disasters, honoring special dharma events, freeing captive living beings, offering esoteric initiations, dedicating merit, or recognizing life events of individuals through blessing ceremonies, weddings, funerals, and the like. Continue reading →

Practices & Blessings

One of the reasons why the esoteric tradition of Buddhism is so powerful and can enable practitioners to gain enlightenment in one lifetime is that it relies on certain carefully transmitted practices and the blessings of holy beings from other realms. The Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center, as a portal to these other realms through its holy vajra poles and with its mantra bearing prayer wheels, provides various ceremonies and methods whereby individuals can beseech blessings and connect with these holy beings. Continue reading →


The Abbot at the Holy Vajrasana Temple & Retreat Center, Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche, teaches esoteric forms of meditation in either the Tibetan or Zen traditions and welcomes any students who observe the three pure precepts of doing good, refraining from evil, and helping others–no matter what form of meditation they practice. This includes non-Buddhist traditions as well as those from the various sects and traditions of Buddhism. Retreats are designed so that both experienced and beginning meditation students from different traditions can practice together or in separate facilities, if required. Continue reading →

Geographical Uniqueness

The Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center is located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains about halfway between Yosemite and Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Parks in Central California. Field trips, picnics, and meditation sessions are often included or added at the end of a retreat at these sites so that out-of-town guests can enjoy these incredible natural wonders. Continue reading →