About the new center stupas and wealth vase


You may have heard that Khensur Rinpoche recently put together a wealth vase for our center.  Many of you may be unfamiliar with the concept of a wealth vase and are wondering what its purpose is.  The purpose of the wealth vase is to attract prosperity and merit via the way in which the wealth vase is accomplished, which can be done in two ways.  One is accomplished through the power of ceremony by evoking particular deities of prosperity such as White Mahakala.  The other type is accomplished through the power of special substances placed inside of the vase.  Our wealth vase is the second type and is filled with substances such as precious stones, water from the river Ganges, currency from different countries, medicinal herbs, and Tibetan medicinal pills.

Our new wealth vase is in the base of the larger of our two new stupas.  Both are filled with rolled mantras, with specific mantras (head, throat, heart, deity mantras, mantras to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, etc.) at specific points within the stupa.  The base of the stupa containing the wealth vase is also filled with Tsa Tsas, molded statues of deities, incense power, herbs and other precious substances.   The stupas will eventually become a central part of the Center’s new building.

Rinpoche was also extremely kind in performing a special ceremony for the statues of the participants of our Statue and Stupa Filling workshop.  This was quite an involved process that began with cleaning the statues, and then using a special mixture of substances (such as saffron water, precious cow pill, and powdered incense) to smooth out the interior of the statues.  The statues dried in the sun for a day and then were filled with the mantras that the participants rolled for the workshop.  In addition to all of this, Rinpoche also did a special practice to bless the mantras before filling the statues.  This whole process, from cleaning, to smoothing out the interior, to blessing the mantras and filling the statues was an offering.

Thank You!

We would like to thank Khensur Rinpoche, Ven. Ngawang Phuntsok, Terry and Lorne Ladner, and everyone involved in the creation of the wealth vase and filling of the statues and stupas for their kind efforts.  A very special thank you also goes out to Tenzin Bhuchung and Dina Li for their contributions to this post.

What is a Stupa?

Stupas are Buddhist religious objects and reliquaries that symbolize the Enlightened mind of the Buddha.  There are eight types of stupas, each commemorating different events in the life of the Buddha.  Our two new stupas are Kadampa stupas, which is a type that is similar to a Parinirvana stupa in its bell-like form.  It has its roots in ancient India, and is based on a stupa brought to Tibet by Lama Atisha.

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[1] Lama Zopa Rinpoche (2006) Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas – Part II:  Building and Blessing Holy Objects.  pp. 91 – 100.  FPMT, Inc.

– Posted by Lisa Wilcox

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