WHAT ARE BUDDHIST MALA PRAYER BEADS?
The practices of using Buddhist Mala Prayer Beads to clear and focus the mind by counting the repetitions of mantra chants has been used for centuries. Anyone can use these beads, they are not limited to one religion or tradition.
Our Malas are made from a wide variety of naturals materials, including semi precious stones, gemstones, crystals, wood and seeds, all of which possess their own unique healing powers and energy to assist you in your meditation practices. The stones you choose and the purpose for which you use them is uniquely up to you.
Mala is the word for a prayer bead necklace, that can also be worn as a bracelet, and is a set of 108 strung beads, plus a Guru bead or focal end bead which serves as a tactile reminder of the conclusion of this round of chanting mantra. The Guru is not only our spiritual teacher, but a connection to inner calm, open heart and wisdom. Meditation and Mantra are excellent tools to reconnect to our spiritual selves.
HOW DO YOU USE MALA BEADS?
There’s more than one way to use mala beads, so experiment a bit and find what works best for you.
One great way is to feel the energy and power of the mala beads as you wear it throughout each day.
Traditionally, the beads are used during meditation. The practice of chanting a mantra is used as a form of meditation. Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, the mantra is repeated silently or aloud. The mind is focused on the mantra, the thoughts are let go of and the breath is slow and deep.
In the process of quieting your mind, complete concentration may not come easily at first. Mala prayer beads are excellent tools to help you keep your focus while chanting mantras. Hold the beads in your hand and feel their energy as you meditate. Beginning after the previously mentioned guru bead, move your fingers along the string after each chant until you’ve completed the circle.