The Urn in Tibetan Buddhism


The urn closely resembles the round-bellied, slim-necked kalash of Hinduism. A large jewel on top gives the urn its other name, the Vase of Treasure. The urn is symbolic of limitless wealth.

Traditionally, Buddhist treasure vases are filled with sacred materials and placed upon altars. They are buried near springs and mountain passes in the belief that they are conducive to a harmonious environment. It is believed that their presence attracts wealth.

Of greater significance is that the urn represents the abundant spiritual wealth of the Buddha. No matter how much he gives away, more will always be forthcoming.