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.
A peace vase is a small tightly sealed container that is intentionally filled with all kinds of substances, blessed by those who have made them, with the sincere wish to benefit all beings and then they are buried around the globe, in major oceans, lakes and rivers, holy sites, places of war, strife and ecologically damage or degradation, with the hope that it will restore health to the planet, our earth, healing the land, turning war into peace. The practice of creating a peace vase for this project has its roots in Tibet. Tibetans traditionally had treasure vases (Terbum, tib.) which were filled with special medicines, precious substances and prayers to protect important places against misfortune and to promote positive, healing energies.
The Peace Vase Project is the vision of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Buddhist teachers of the 20th century, to launch a global scale effort to restore peace, harmony and wellbeing to our planet, Earth. In Bhutan, in 1991, 6,200 vases, containing finely ground precious stones mixed with sea water to form small balls, were made, blessed and consecrated over a period of two weeks, by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and a number of other highly regarded Buddhist teachers. They were then sent to India, to be distributed worldwide: to the seven continents; in all major oceans, seas and rivers; on 43 major islands and 61 major mountains; to significant locations such as the Great Wall of China, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Taj Mahal, Jerusalem, Stonehenge, the Polar Caps; war torn countries including Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Tibet, Ireland, Israel, South Africa, Lebanon and other areas affected by disasters, diseases and famine.
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche passed away shortly after the consecration of all the vases. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, was recognised as the mind incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. He combined the lifestyle of a renunciant yogi with immense knowledge of all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and was a beacon for the Buddhist teachings in the wake of the Tibetan diaspora. He is known for his compassionate and tireless dedication to teaching, he was the root guru of innumerable tulkus and lamas, including the fourteenth Dalai Lama (b.1935), as well Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.
His successor, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche who is also recognized as one of the greatest spiritual masters of our time, and founder of Siddhartha’s Intent, then took over the project and vowed to complete the task of burying all 6,200 vases. He has described it as “the work of a life time”. To initiate the project, the first peace vase was planted at Bodh Gaya in India, the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. Involvement in placing these vases is a powerful thing. It is said to produce much merit for anyone who participates, even in the most limited way. Even to wish for the successful accomplishment of the vase placement is enough to receive merit from this project. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961 and was recognised as the main incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1894-1959). From early childhood, he has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. From a young age he has been active in preserving the Buddhist teachings, establishing centres of learning and practice, supporting practitioners, publishing books, and teaching all over the world. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche supervises his traditional seat of Dzongsar Monastery and its retreat centres in Eastern Tibet, as well as his new colleges in India and Bhutan. He has also has established centres in Australia, North America, and the Far East. (Text from ©2012 The Peace Vase Project website. All rights reserved ) For more information or to get involved in this beautiful project, just follow the links below the pictures.