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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.

The 2023 Tara Wealth Vase Puja has been completed. The date for the 2024 puja will be posted when it has been decided.

If you would like information on adopting one of our newly filled and consecrated Tara Wealth Vases, please click here or scroll toward the bottom of this page for more information.

Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja

Tuesday, 17 October 2023

Everyone is welcome to participate in our Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja. This year’s puja will be held on Tuesday, 17 October 2023. Registration will open approximately one month prior to the puja. The puja will begin at 10am. The on-the-day donation table will open from 9am.

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. Geshe-la and the DCI Sangha have filled and created a new batch of Tara Wealth Vases. If you are interested in adopting a new vase more details can be found on this page.
  • Chai will be offered during the puja. If anyone would like to help sponsor the chai 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. Registration will open approximately one month prior to the puja.

Please submit online registrations by 15 October 2023.

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 vases are filled with many precious substances such as blessed incense including very special ingredients from Buddhist holy places, as well as offerings such as gold, pearls, jewels, jewelry, coins, incense, 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 should be suitable for shipping overseas. The vases for sending overseas do not contain any of the different dried grains, etc. They do contain a jar of commercially packaged NZ honey as well as the other ingredients listed above. We do have one vase that does not contain honey. As custom rules vary widely between countries, it is your responsibility to check if it is suitable to import such a vase into your country. To represent the grain offerings there are beautiful colour pictures of these ingredients instead. If you would like one of these vases, please let us know and specify that you would like one suitable for shipping overseas. We can provide more detail on the ingredients if needed.


Where do I keep a Wealth Vase?
The vase is a holy object and should be treated with respect. The lid of the vase is sealed to the base and Geshe-la instructs that it should not be opened, as it would break the vajra seal which protects the blessing and integrity of the empowerment contained in the vase. 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

We are happy to say that we have completed the making of the new vases including their full consecration by Lharampa Geshe Wangchen. A lot of work went into creating and blessing the vases. After gathering and preparing all of the ingredients, the vase was filled by Lharampa Geshe Wangchen with the kind assistance of the resident nuns of Dorje Chang Institute and some other helpers.

There are three types of vases standard, deluxe and super deluxe. The standard vases are only suitable for New Zealand, due to their contents. We have some deluxe and super deluxe vases that are suitable for New Zealand only and there are also a few that have been specifically filled in a way that could be suitable for sending overseas (although customs requirements vary between countries, so you will need to confirm that it is suitable for your country).

The standard and deluxe vases are the same size, but the deluxe vases contain more jewel offerings. The super deluxe vases are larger in size and contain quite a lot more jewel offerings and other offerings. This is the first time that we have introduced the super deluxe size of vase.

Please note that there are a limited number of each type of vase and these vases will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Also note that Dorje Chang Institute, including the office, will be closed for two months for our annual summer break from 8 December 2023. Any requests for vases that are received over the break will be responded to after the office has reopened for the 2024 program in February.

The Adoption Amount for a Wealth Vase

The adoption amount for a Standard Tara Wealth Vase is on a sliding scale between $238 – $288 (meaning you can choose within this range how much you would like to offer). These standard vases are only suitable for New Zealand.
The adoption amount for a Deluxe Tara Wealth Vase is $388. Deluxe vases contain extra jewel offerings. We have vases of this type that are suitable for New Zealand and also that are suitable for shipping overseas.
Adoption amount for a Super Deluxe Tara Wealth Vase is $538. We have only three vases of this type that are suitable for New Zealand and only one that is suitable for shipping overseas.

This above adoption amounts include picking up the vase directly from Dorje Chang Institute.

Shipping

If you need us to post your Tara Wealth Vase to you somewhere in New Zealand or overseas, the costs related to shipping/packaging will need to be paid in addition to the above adoption amount. Please let us know the full address that you will need the vase posted to and we will get a quote on shipping options and let you know the additional cost.

 

How to proceed if you would like to adopt a Tara Wealth Vase
 
 
If you would just like to find out more detail about the Tara Wealth Vases, please send us an email and we can send you more details via email. We can also send you photos of the types and sizes of the vases.
 
 
If you would like to request to adopt a vase, it is important that you first get in touch with the office by sending us an email so that we can confirm if we still have the type of vase you are are specifically requesting still available for adoption (as numbers are limited). Below are the steps in the process of adopting a vase.
 
Step 1: Send us an email and let us know the following:
  1. Please let us know your full name and contact phone number. Please also let us know what name (whether your name or your family’s name, etc.) you would like to be printed on the adoption label on the base of the vase. This label will include the date of adoption, the name of the person or family it was adopted by and the type of vase.
  2. Which type of Tara Wealth Vase would you like to adopt (Standard, Deluxe or Super Deluxe)? (If adopting a Standard vase, please let us know what amount you would like to offer within the sliding scale.)
  3. Would you like a vase that is suitable for New Zealand or overseas? If requesting an overseas vase, it is your responsibility to make sure that the vase and its contents are suitable to be imported into your country. We can provide more details on the ingredients on request.
  4. Would you like to pay via internet banking, PayPal or cash (in person)?
  5. Would you like to collect your Tara Wealth Vase from Dorje Chang Institute or would you like it posted to you? If you would like it posted, please include your full postal address
Step 2: Our office will send you an email to confirm whether we have the type of vase you wish to adopt available for adoption. If so, we will give you further details. If you are wishing the vase to be posted to you we will get a quote for how much this will cost and will let you know. We will also give you the payment details for your preferred payment method (for example the correct bank account number for the vase payment, a PayPal payment invoice, etc.). We have a limited number of Tara Wealth Vases and the vases are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please wait until we confirm that your requested type of vase is still available before proceeding with payment. 
 
Step 3: Make payment. If paying via internet banking to the DCI account as per the details we send, please send us an email to let us know that the adoption payment has been made.
 
After full payment has been received by DCI, then we will let you know, and a date and time for an appointment to collect your vase can be arranged if collecting in person, or, if we are posting your vase, the vase will then be posted.
 
Please note that our office will be closed for our annual summer break from 8 December 2023 till 3 February 2024. Please complete your request, and allow time for confirmation, payment and a vase pick up appointment or posting, prior to or following the break. Thank you! If you contact us over the break, our office will be in touch after the break.
 

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.”

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