Object Lesson – My Buddhist Mala or Prayer Beads

Object Lesson – My Buddhist Mala or Prayer Beads

Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

Well I don’t know, most of the objects I have around me are of no real value, but they do have an emotive quality, a remembrance, a longing, a loss, a joy, a beauty, an ancestry, a hope, a kind of identity, a part of me.

One thing would probably be my Buddhist mala. Used to count mantras and prayers, mine has a counter where I record each full round of beads. I am still working on promised practices, 150 000 of two different mantras, so 300 000 in total. I am currently on 116 000 of each. These were promises made to my Rinpoche for receiving Phowa teachings in India. As he says: “…still we must try.” I am trying. To see more about His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche go here.

So my mala is very important to me. I hope to increase my practice and finish these promises soon.



Mala image from Vajratool on WordPress by Gyatrul Rinpoche.

Here is a site showing beautiful malas for sale: Buddhist Mala


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