Malas are also called japamala, japa beads, juzu beads, or worry beads. It means garland in Sanskrit. In Catholicism, they are called rosary beads. Prayer beads are commonly used by Tibetan, Hindu, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist monks, Zen priests, or nichirens. They normally have 108 beads plus dividers and a guru bead. The number, 108, is considered a sacred number in Hinduism, Jainism, Tibetan Buddhism, and some Sikh traditions. It represents the 108 volumes containing the words of the Buddha.
This mala is handmade with natural wood. The subtle natural wood smell, unglazed wooden surface, and beautiful grains gives this set of Japa beads a Bohemian touch. This strand of unisex prayer beads can almost go with any outfit and can be worn as a necklace or bracelet. The uniqueness and nonconformity make it a great conversation piece. It helps you immensely in your time of stress to be peaceful, mindful, compassionate, and considerate. It is also a great tool for Padmasambhava mantra chanting, yoga, or meditation to keep your mind focused.
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