TRADITION OF THE PEACE VASE

ACCORDING TO THE TIBETAN BUDDHIST PATH

In Tibet, more than a thousand years ago, many great Buddhist masters possessed knowledge to prevent wars, famines and disease, This was accomplished through the construction, consecration and the appropriate placement of special ‘vases’ containing precious objects and substances which created a sustained, harmonic environmental grid that pervaded the surrounding area. From the time these vases were ‘planted’ until the time the Chinese communist forces brought about the ‘cultural revolution’ it was recorded in Tibetan history that there were no major wars, famines or disease.

The method or instructions to create the Peace Vases was originally a Terma  or ‘treasure teaching’ of Padmasambhava (also referred to as Guru Rinpoche), an Indian Buddhist master who came to Tibet in the 8th Century.  During his life, he then hid this teaching and it remained secret for many centuries.  In the 19th century, this knowledge was uncovered by two great Tibetan Buddhist teachers, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820 – 1892) and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829 – 1870).    It is interesting to note that these teachings were discovered at the same time as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when, in many ways, technologies were being created with the means to destroy our planet.

These two great masters were supposed to construct these vases again during their lifetimes, in order to replenish the diminished power of the original ones but because of the political upheavals in Tibet during the 1950s, the task was never done.   So in 1991, initiated by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, 6,200 vases were made and consecrated by some of the greatest living masters of the 20th century.   Now, into the 21st century, under the direction of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the Peace Vase Project aims to bring this task to completion.

There are seven types of special vases. Each contain various ingredients, depending on its purpose – elemental substances such as precious metals, gems, earth, water, as well as appropriate mantras and prayers. Once constructed, the vases are then consecrated through different methods.

Of the seven types, only three types of vases are relevant for use today:

• To pacify wars and negativities such as avarice and anger that give rise to conflict, lust for power and greed, which then lead to senseless acts of terrorism and war.

• To pacify existing diseases and prevent new ones from arising.

• To prevent the rapid depletion and pollution of the four basic elements and to restore their power and maintain the natural resources needed to sustain the lives of all living beings.