PRAYER MALA IN BUDDHISM

posted on 29 Feb 2008 17:59 by dzibeads in Dharma
A japa mala(rosary) also known as prayer mala with 108 beads. The mala is used both in Hinduism and Buddhism for counting mantras, chants or prayers. Buddhist prayer mala were likely adapted from Hinduism.

Rosaries are also the attributes of certain deities, most notably Avalokiteshvara, Sarswati, Ganesha etc.

Materials
Buddhist rosaries are made from a variety of materials, most commonly wood. Preferred woods are sandalwood or sacred wood from the bodhi tree, precious and semi-precious stones, including pearls, rubies, crystal, amber, coral, or jade, or precious metals such as gold. They can also be made of seeds, animal bone (most commonly yak bone), and sometime even human bone.

The string that holds the beads together is usually made of silk, but is sometimes made of human hair. In Buddhist Tantra or Vajrayana, materials and colors of the beads can relate to a specific practice
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