The following article is from the Summer, 1991 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


by Lama Kunga Rinpoche


The tradition of the Wealth Treasure Vase is a very ancient one. The Vases were very well known in Tibet for many centuries, and many families had them. The Wealth Treasure Vase brings blessings to its possessor. The powers of the Wealth Treasure Vase are mainly concentrated in the building where it is placed and serve to increase the spiritual and material wealth of the residents.

It was traditionally thought that the the Vase provided material wealth and spiritual wealth; if one increased, the other did too, simultaneously. It is an axiom of Tibetan Buddhism that it is good to fulfill your desires as long as you do not harm anyone else. Obtaining what you want brings a great deal of self knowledge. The Wealth Treasure Vase evokes the inexhaustible wealth within us all. The vase is empowered by the practice of White Mahakala. This practice is from the Shang-ba Kagyu lineage and originated with the Indian mahasiddha Rahula Gupta. The Vase has an outer, inner and secret manifestation. It should be placed on a shrine or other special place.


The Vase of the Life Essence of the Earth is meant to bless and empower the Earth where it is placed. It is a way of putting positive mind energy into the natural environment. The benefits of the Earth Treasure Vase as expounded in ancient texts include the prevention of problems due to imbalances in the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.

The Vase prevents the degeneration of the life essences of the Earth so that fruits, grains and vegetables will thrive and be tasty and nutritious. It restores the life force and fertility of the ground itself. The Vase protects the land from the ravages of earthquakes, floods, thunder and lightning. It is said that the blessings from the Earth Treasure Vase extend for fifteen miles around the area where the Vase is placed. Within this area people will experience good health, long life, wealth, protection and peace.

The vital essence of the Earth is concentrated into the Earth Treasure Vase through the practice of the very ancient transmissions of empowerment brought to Tibet by ma- hasiddhas in the eighth century. There is an outer, inner and secret manifestation of the Earth Treasure Vase. Vases are commonly buried in fields, on river banks, at the beginning of streams and on the sides and tops of mountains. Any auspicious location will do, but the Vase should be placed so that it will not be walked over or disturbed in any way.

For more information on these vases and how to obtain them, please contact: Ewam Choden, 254 Cambridge Avenue, Kensington, CA 94708, 415-527-7363.