The Community Blessing of the Final Earth Treasure Vase will be held at Glebe Town Hall, Sydney, 12 June 2013
Inspired by an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project brings healing and protection to the Earth by filling consecrated clay vessels with prayers and offerings, and ceremonially burying them in the Earth in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and grassroots leaders in places where healing and protection are most needed around the planet.
We began our pilgrimages in 1990 with 30 Earth Treasure Vases and have buried 28 thus far. Over the next year we intend to accomplish the 29th vase, dedicated for Australia. The last vase shall be held as a seed for the next phase of our organization’s development.
The essence of the next phase of our work is acknowledging, becoming, and cultivating our selves as holy vessels of transformation — filled as we are with our own sacred treasure and offerings to the Earth — and facilitating that transformative experience among others.
To accomplish the Earth Treasure Vase practice, the vessels are taken into a community meditation, filled with sacred and symbolic offerings over many months, ceremonially sealed, and then buried all over the world in places of need — never to be disturbed. As we travel and make relations with indigenous elders and young activists, we are cultivating an independent grassroots network that includes prayer as a universal gesture of help and healing. We are also planting seeds that may grow into actions that lead to real change.
After 23 years of practice and prayer, our final Earth Treasure Vase pilgrimage is finally coming to pass. This journey to Australia, June 12 -25, will mark the completion of the global mandala we have seeded all over the planet to bring healing and protection to the Earth. It will bring us full circle, back to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition where it all began.
We will begin in Sydney with 3 days of teachings from HH the Dalai Lama and a blessing for the Earth Treasure Vase and our group as we set out on the path. Then, as guests of Uncle Bob Randall, the custodial elder of Uluru, we will stay in close proximity to this incredible sacred place, walking daily and receiving teachings from this respected wisdom keeper and his family.
This is another full circle. Our connection to Uncle Bob has been the ground we have rested on since he first visited the Kiva at Open Way Sangha here in Santa Fe some years ago. As he held the vase and we prayed together, he invited us to bring it to his land.
After two previous attempts to take this Earth Treasure Vase to Australia, we have finally found our right path to accomplish what is now our last Earth Treasure Vase. I sense that the opportunity to learn about the “songlines” of this ancient land and the Aboriginal culture’s Dreamtime teachings from him will shed new light on what we have been doing all these years!
As with all such pilgrimages, we never know exactly where the Earth Treasure Vase will be buried until we get there. Many years ago, when this vase was first dedicated to Australia, it was intended for the north, to the area known as Kakadu. After years of much deep listening, it is here that we will take the vase on the Solstice and then several days later, on the full moon, to bury it at long last.
Australian Earth Treasure Vase Awaiting Its Destiny