Tara Wealth Vases and Annual Puja
On this page you can learn about the Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja and also about the benefits of having a Tara Wealth Vase and how to invite one to your home.
Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja
Saturday, 29 October 2022
Everyone is welcome to participate in our Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja. This year’s puja will be held on Saturday, 29 October 2022. Registration is now open! The puja will begin at 10am. The on-the-day donation table will open from 9am and there will be chai and morning treats available from 9.20am.
We welcome you to:
- Sponsor offerings and dedications – everyone is welcome, you do not need to have a Tara Wealth Vase to participate
- Reconsecrate your personal Tara Wealth Vase(s) by either bringing in your vase on the day of the puja or sending us a photo of your vase which we will print and put on the altar during the puja.
- Express interest in adopting a new Tara Wealth Vase next year. (As of 5 October 2022 our last two Tara Wealth Vases have been adopted. We are now taking expressions of interest for Tara Wealth Vases for next year, as we are aiming to create more then. Let us know if you are interested. There is space on the registration form to express interest, otherwise you are welcome to send us an email.)
- Join us for chai tea and morning treats prior to the puja from 9.20am. If anyone would like to help sponsor the morning tea we welcome you to do that on the puja registration form.
If you wish to include your dedications please register online in advance if possible.
If you have your own Tara Wealth Vase and wish to have it re-blessed we ask you to register online in advance.
Please submit online registrations by 27 October 2022.
This puja is by donation, so you are welcome to make a donation of any amount towards offerings, etc. This annual Puja includes a Tara Puja led by Geshe Wangchen and also a special Tara Wealth Vase Consecration Ceremony performed by Geshe Wangchen. You do not need to have your own Tara Wealth Vase to participate.
Reconsecrating Your Tara Wealth Vase
This reconsecration service is by donation. If you wish to have your personal Tara Wealth Vase reconsecrated, please register and then:
We welcome you to bring your vase for reconsecration on the day of the puja (please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the puja).
Alternatively if you live out of town then we welcome you to send us a photo of your vase and this will be placed on the altar to facilitate the reconsecrating of your vase. If using this method, please email us a photo of your Tara Wealth Vase no later than 3 days in advance so that we can print the photo and put it on the altar for blessing on that day. Prior to the day of the puja here, please make sure your vase and the area it is placed in is clean and we welcome you to refresh the offerings around the vase.
Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja
Each year, during the 9th Tibetan month, according to the advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dorje Chang Institute performs a Tara Wealth Vase Consecration Ceremony. Rinpoche mentioned that the Tibetan 9th month is a very auspicious time of year for this type of activity.
Everyone is welcome to:
- Sponsor the Puja
- have your own personal Tara Wealth Vase re-consecrated (if you have one)
- Invite a new Tara Wealth Vase to your home (more details further down the page)
Re-consecrating Your Own Tara Wealth Vase
For those who already have one or more Tara Wealth Vases in their home, having your wealth vase re-consecrated (re-blessed) can be a good way to re-energize Tara’s presence and blessings. Tara is again invited to abide in the vase and many offerings are made on your behalf to Tara. This puja is by donation. Buddha taught that wealth and resources come from the cause: generosity. By sponsoring the puja and offerings and dedicating, you are creating more causes for wealth, resources and enlightenment.
How often you have your wealth vase re-consecrated is up to you. If you live overseas, or it is not possible to bring your Tara Wealth Vase to the centre for the re-consecration, you can also send us a picture of your Tara Wealth Vase and the picture can represent your Tara Wealth Vase at the re-consecration ceremony. This has already been done for an overseas Tara Wealth Vase in the past.
Sponsor the Puja
Anyone can sponsor this puja for any amount (you do not need to have your own wealth vase). This puja is by donation. You can make a sponsorship donation one of three ways:
- online with a credit card via paypal
- via online banking
Whichever method you choose, please register in advance by clicking the button below and filling out the Sponsorship and Dedications Registration Form.
What is a Tara Wealth Vase?
Cultivating the Causes and Conditions for Wealth
Having wealth and resources can be very useful for benefiting oneself and others. The main cause of wealth is generosity, merit. Incorporating generous actions (no matter how small) into our daily life can bring benefit to others and also create the cause for us to enjoy wealth and resources in the future so we can continue to practice generosity.
Having planted the “seeds” (created the causes) in this and past lives for wealth and resources, it can be useful to also create conducive conditions to help those seeds to ripen.
Consecrated Wealth Vases can be a helpful condition to ripen our wealth “seeds.”
What is a Tara Wealth Vase?
There are different types of wealth vases. Dorje Chang Institute has created Tara Wealth Vases. The principal deity of this type of wealth vase is the eleventh of the twenty-one Taras, Tara the Eliminator of Poverty.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains: “This Tara is for increasing wealth, so that you can help other sentient beings and the Dharma. You need a statue of this Tara or at least a painting to put in the wealth vase. This is the Tara to whom you pray to relieve your poverty. There are two types of poverty: material poverty and poverty of Dharma.”
Each vase contains a small image of this Tara. The vase has the eight auspicious symbols printed in gold colour on the outside and inside is filled with many precious substances such as gold, pearls, jewels, coins, medicinal herbs, grains, honey and other ingredients as well as representations of wealth, abundance and prosperity. They also contain rolled mantras and prayers.
Wealth Vases for Overseas People
We also have made a limited number of Wealth Vases that will be suitable for shipping overseas. These wealth vases will not contain actual grains and honey, etc. to avoid problems with customs. Instead there will be beautiful colour pictures of these ingredients. If you would like one of these vases, please let us know and specify that you would like one suitable for shipping overseas.
Where do I keep a Wealth Vase?
The vase is a holy object and should be treated with respect. It is crucial to never remove the cloth covering the lid of the vase. This cloth, known as the Vajra Seal, protects the blessing and integrity of the empowerment contained in the vases. The Wealth Vase can be placed on the altar or any clean place in your home that is not facing the door or window. If it is placed on your altar, it is best for it to be tucked away (perhaps behind statues, etc.) so that it is not easy to see. It is also possible to keep it in a clean cabinet. During the Consecration, Tara is invited to abide in the Vase, therefore one is most welcome to place any offerings near the Vase if you wish.
Adopting a Tara Wealth Vase
All of our Tara Wealth Vases have now been adopted. We are now taking expressions of interest for the new Tara Wealth Vases to be made and consecrated later this year (approximately late October 2023). Let us know if you are interested.
We have already started to gather the various ingredients to go into the vases and source new vases. Later this year after we have gathered all of the ingredients and are clearer on the costs involved we will then contact those who have expressed an interest in adopting a Tara Wealth Vase to give the adoption donation amount options.
The Adoption Amount for a Wealth Vase (previous ones)
To give a sense of the adoption amounts for our previous Tara Wealth Vases, here are some details: For our previous standard Tara Wealth Vases the adoption amount was on a sliding scale from $208 to $288. For our previous special deluxe Tara Wealth Vases that contained extra jewel offerings the adoption amount was $380. All of the previous overseas Tara Wealth Vases had extra jewel offerings and had an adoption amount of $380 (shipping/packaging is extra).
Once we have all of the latest costs involved for the new set of Tara Wealth Vases that we plan to make in 2023, we will confirm the adoption amounts for the new vases. Let us know if you are interested.
The monies raised from the wealth vases will be used for DCI projects.
More Merit, More Success
Two quotes from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
“So as I mentioned before, if you don’t accumulate merit nothing works. No matter how many wealth vases you make, no matter how much feng shui you have done to your house, nothing works if you haven’t accumulated the merit before.”
“The main thing for success is to practice generosity, making offerings to the Guru, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and practicing generosity and kindness toward sentient beings. That is the basic cause. There are so many opportunities offered to you in everyday life to create as much merit as possible.”