Salar de Uyuni, Tunupa Volcano.
Vase planted by Maria Elena Gam, Luis Aguirre, Patricia Aguirre, Juan Guillermo Aguirre, Margarita Castro Aguirre and Marianne Assmussen Aguirre on December 30th, 2016

Our group started planning the trip from La Paz, where we had a very auspicious encounter with Thunupa Wina, a shaman and spiritual leader of the Jirira community at the foot of Tunupa Volcano in the Salar de Uyuni. During the conversation he told us about his projects and mission in the community which had lot a in common with the Peace Vase placing in Uyuni: the desire and true intention of working to bring about unity and more understanding among the world regardless of race, religion or nationality. He also mentioned he had already been to Tibet to return a courtesy from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. According to him, there is a truly great connection between Tibet and Bolivia, an energy that flows to balance both. As a result of this chat, Mr. Thunupa offered to help and open the community’s shrine to place the vase.  He said the community was in much need of help due to a terrible drought and the abandoning of homes for survival reasons. It is important to mention that Tunupa in quechua means “the messenger from God” also known as Wiracochan “the Thunder God”.
On December 30, 2016 at around 3 in the afternoon, we met Thunupa in his small village located at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, at the border of the Salar de Uyuni. The peace vase, wrapped in a katag, was placed at the foot of his small shrine, where Thunupa mentioned other sacred items were buried.  Pure motivation was established and prayers were recited from “Drops of Wisdom” and we then made dedications of merit and firm intentions to make a difference. Offerings were made by Thunupa as well as prayers in quechua.  The group made silent prayers for the unity and peace in the world for the benefit of all countries, nations, people in war zones, refugees, people in hospital, all  sentient beings. We left the village with uplifted hearts and hope that the Peace Vase Project continues to be widely spread.
Thank you for reminding us that each and every sentient being deserves our compassion. Not only Bolivia, in dire need, but  all nations and people will be in our prayers always.