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How to use mala?

A buddhist mala usually contains the 108 prayer beads, spacers, beaded counters and bum counter. New starters usually ask me for the using of the mala. Please look at the following picture. Let's study it.

1. The 108 prayer beads represent 108 times of the recitation of the buddhist mantra words. Usually we use spacers to mark the mala as Four parts, each part 27 beads. Also sometimes we use space beads to make a mala long enough for wrist wearing or neck wearing.

2. When pass a bead by left hand, recite one time of the mantra words, then continue the next bead. No need to recite the mantra when pass the space beads. The space beads only help you understand how many beads you passed.

3. After passed ome time of the 108 prayer beads, then you recite 108 times of the mantra words. Usually, we ignore the 8 times. So it represents you finish reciting 100 times of the mantra words. Then, we move a bead on the right beaded counter to the upper side. Then, we continue the second 100 time of resitation of the mantra words. After finsih the second time recitation, move the second bead on the right bead counter to the upper side. Then contine the 3rd time, the 4th...10th. After finish the 10th time recitation, you moved all the beads on the right counter to the upper side. Then you need move one bead of the left counter to the upper side. Meanwhile, put all the beads of the right counter back to the bottom. Then repeat all the action, till you moved all the beads of the left counter to the upper side. Then, it represent you finish 1,000 times of reciting the mantra words. Then Move the bum counter to the next bead. Then repeat all the action. After you move the bum counter bead to bead, and finish moving it 108 times, it represent you finish recitation of the mantra words 108,000 times. We ignore the 8000 times. And say we finish 100,000 recitations.

4. A mala is a tool for helping us reciting buddhist mantra words. Also a blessed mala has strong power to protect us, keep us a clean, calm heart; to drive evils. We need keep the malas carefully with mala bags. Do not make the malas in any chemical linquid, or put them in dirty places.

What is a Buddhist Mala?

Buddhist prayer mala or beads is use for counting scared mantra (prayers). The main perspective of buddhist prayer mala beads is to drive away evil and fill you and all beings with peace and bliss. The best use of buddhist prayer mala beads is for the recitation of mantra. These buddhist prayer mala beads is used during a period of recitation, like "Om Mani Padme Hum". Use of Buddhist prayer mala beads with the intention to bring greater happiness, joy, loving-kindness and serenity into the world. It will be the source of deep blessings in our life. Buddhist literature roughtly means Mala as "Rose" or "Garland". A more direct translation is "garland from above", or "heavenly garland". In accordance with the active nature of practice in Buddhism, this material object is used as an accomplice for gaining merit on the path to enlightenment.

The story of the buddhist prayer mala beads origin is as follows:

Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, paid a visit to king Vaidunya directed him to thread 108 seeds of the Bodhi tree on a string, and while passing them between his fingers to repeat the Hail to the Buddha, the law, and the congregation' (2,000) times a day (Dubin).

Another interpretation of this prayer is om mani padme hum.' During recitation, this phrase is repeated over and over again according to how many beads are on a person's strand of mala beads.

Traditionally, there are 108 beads on a strand of buddhist mala prayer beads. The origin of is the sacred number related astrologically to the 12 astrological houses, multiplied by the 9 planets in our solar system. This number is the buddhist mala prayer beads significant because it represents the number of mental conditions or sinful desires that one must overcome to reach enlightenment or nirvana. Monks usually have mala beads with 108 beads, where as a lay person may have a strand numbering in 30 or 40 beads. This difference in length may possibly be explained by understanding each person's distance traveled on the path to enlightenment. Commercial sellers of mala beads have also suggested that individuals just beginning this prayer ritual begin with a shorter strand of beads.Just as variety exists for the number of beads, variety exists for the style, color, and material composition. Differences in the popularity and use of mala beads also exist cross-culturally. Typically, monks' mala beads are made of wood from the Bodhi tree. In Tibet, mala strands often contain parts of semi-precious stones. In this culture, the most valued strands are made of bones of holy men or lamas. Typically there are 108 beads divided by 3 large beads. The end pieces on these strands are dorje(a thunderbolt) and drilbu(the bell). These end pieces represent the Three Jewels, or Buddha, the doctrine, and the community.?#60;/P>

Although the structure of mala beads may vary among individuals or groups of Buddhists, the overall purpose of all mala beads is to create a sense of tranquility and inner-peace for not only the individual, but for the community as a whole. In reciting the prayer, ‘toxins' will leave and a sense of peace will enter making an individual that much closer to reaching nirvana.

Beside Buddhist prayer beads, wrist malas is also used in buddhism. Writs Malas with 9,22 or 27 beads, sometimes called "power beads" in the press, with development for doing prostration.

Prostration's are performed to purify oneself of karmic obstacles during Ngondro Practice, acknowledging the place and value of the Three Jewels(the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). Performing prostration's is also a way to open oneself up more deeply to the teaching while cutting through the mind's tendency to habitually ego cling(selfishness, expressed as pride, anger, jealousy, hatred, lust and grasping.) A wrist Mala doesn't dangle or get in the way like a full sized 108 bead version would while going from standing to prostration position.The wrist Mala was created out of necessity to have a more easy to use Mala for prostrations, and for convenience when traveling. Hence, a wrist Mala can be safely held in the hand while doing a period of prostration's. You can imagine how a long necklace or Mala would flop around during prostrating, so wrist Malas are a natural solution to this dilemma.

How to use your Tibetan Buddhist Mala:

Buddhist Malas are used by moving it through your fingers beginning at the first bead after the Guru bead. Each time you recite one compete mantra you then cross to the next bead. Once you have gone one round across the Mala and reach the Guru bead you reverse directions. Most people hold the belief that you do not cross over the Guru bead as a sign of respect or good attitude of mind towards a spiritual teacher..

Keep the Buddhist mala off of the ground, as it true with all sacred objects, including books and other ritual instruments of spiritual practice. If the Mala falls on the ground, touch to the crown of your head while reciting, Om Ah Hum, three times. The mala should not be worn while bathing, or allowed to get wet, as this may weaken the cording which many Malas are strung with. It would be wise to remove your buddhist mala before retiring at night or while sleepings, as stress can be exerted on the cording which may cause it to break. Also, the potentially turbulent or negative mental and emotional activity during sleep may affect the Gala's accumulated magnetism.

Some Mala Basics:

The mala is held with gentleness and respect, generally in the left hand. One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, beginning with the first bead after the "guru" bead- the larger, more decorative bead at the mala's end. The first bead is held between the index finger and thumb, and with each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the index finger.

After completing a full circuit of the mala, the practitioner flips the mala around 180 degrees (this takes practice to accomplish) and continues as before, in reverse order. One aims to avoid passing over the "guru" bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one's teacher.

Choosing a Mala

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A mala of 108 beads is used for general purposes by most practicing Tibetan Buddhists. Beads of bodhi seed generally are considered auspicious for any practice or mantra, and red sandalwood or lotus seeds also are widely recommended for universal use.

A variation of the standard 108-bead mala is the wrist mala of 27 beads - four circuits total 108 mantra repetitions.

Besides the multi-purpose malas described above, there are other types of malas that are deemed auspicious for various purposes.

Mantras can be recited for four different purposes: to appease, to increase, to overcome, or to tame by forceful means.

The beads used to count mantras intended to appease should be of crystal, pearl or mother of pearl, and should at least be clear or white in color. A rosary for this purpose should have 100 such beads. Mantras counted on these beads serve to clear away obstacles, such as illness and other calamities, and purify one of unwholesomeness.

The beads used with mantras intended to increase should be of gold, silver, copper or lotus seeds, and a rosary is made of 108 of them. The mantras counted on these serve to increase life span, knowledge and merit.

The beads used with mantras which are intended to overcome are made from a compound of ground sandal wood, saffron and other fragrant substances. There are 25 beads on this rosary. The mantras counted on them are meant to tame others, but the motivation for doing so should be a pure wish to help other sentient beings and not to benefit oneself.

The beads used to recite mantras aiming at subduing beings through forceful means should be made from raksha seeds or human bones in a string of 60. Again, as the purpose should be absolutely altruistic, the only person capable of performing such a feat is a Bodhisattva motivated by great compassion for a being who can be tamed through no other means, for example extremely malicious spirits, or general afflictions, visualized as a dense black ball.

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How to use Tibetan Malas? faq-buddhist-malas

Many friends ask me how to make a mala beads bracelet by themself. It is important because in this way, they can make mala beads bracelet they really like. Do you want your own mala beads bracelet? Please read the following article and pictures carefull, and then just learn step by step - it is not difficult.

Handmade 10MM Sandalwood Mala Beads Bracelet

Step 1: Get all accessories - a soft metal line, beads, guru beads and tower, strechable string. Usually, for kids, choose 6mm, 8mm or 10mm beads. For women, choose 10mm, 11mm and 12mm. For Men, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm or bigger size. There is no standard, you can choose what you like.

Step 2: String the Guru Bead. The Guru bead usually with three holes. So the most difficult step is to get through the guru bead. Fisrtly string the guru bead tower, and the second, please make the soft metal line a small hook. Then it can easily get through the hole at one side.

Step 3: After string the guru bead at one side, you can easily go on stringing the standard beads. You can string beads according to your wrist size.

Step 4: After string all beads, then you need to string the other side to the guru bead and tower. Please do as following pictures.

Step 5: After string all beads, then it is the time to make knot. How to make a pretty knot? Here we introduce the Chinese Endless Luky knot. I wrote another article before this about Chinese endless knot.

Chinese Endless Knot Chart.

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The Chinese Endless Knot means health, safety and security, and good luck in life and career. People like to make this knot as a phone pendant, a bracelet knot, a tibetan malas knot, and as a bead bracelet knot. Many mala bead bracelets and 108 bead malas are finished with this decorative and beautiful knot.


Note: The visual instructions below show a cord with different colors so you can see how to make the knot. You only need one strand to make the knot!

Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

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Step 5

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Step 6

(This step just repeat step 1 to step 5).

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Once you complete this step, make some adjustments and tighten, and there you have an endless knot!

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Use Dorje and Bell counters.

From the above picture, you will see there are two counters made of colourful strings, 10 counter beads and a dorje or bell (the most common Tibetan Buddhist sacred ritual objects) on each attached to your mala.. Counting with Dorje and Bell When counting very large numbers of mantra recitations, it is helpful to have some additional counters attached to your malas. One of the strings has the dorje at the end, and the other the bell. Where these strings are placed on the mala is totally up to you. Tibetans usually have theirs after the 6th bead on either side of the guru bead, but that is for no special reason and you can put them wherever you like.

We use the dorje counter to keep count of each circuit of 100 that we make on the mala. So each time you finish one circuit, you will pull forward one bead on the dorje counter to the top of the counter. After 10 circuits of the mala, you will have moved all 10 beads on your dorje counter, and you will have recited 1000 mantras. After that, you will move one bead forward to the top on the bell counter, to symbolize 1000 mantras counted. Then you begin again with a new circuit on your mala, and once you have made a new circuit, you move one of the dorje counter beads forward, and continue like this. With a dorje and bell counter, you can count up to 10,000 mantra recitations.

Use Bum counter

To count 10,000 mantra recitations, we use the bum counter. After finish the first 10,000 mantra recitations, you put the bum counter after the first bead next to the guru bead. After finish the second 10,000 recitations, take off the bum counter and put it after the second bead...and continue like this.

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How to use Mala counters? MC

Generally speaking , your mala will grow in spiritual significance as you use it for mantra recitations and bring it to teachings and possible have it blessed by your guru (your teacher in buddhism). Although it is not in itself as sacred as a statue or a piece of Buddhist scripture, it is something we usually treat with respect. This means that you wouldn’t put it on the floor or put mundane objects on top of it or throw it.

When not using the malas, Tibetans usually wrap them around their wrists or hang them around their necks (Although no one uses it for counting while around the neck.). When you don’t need it for a while, or are sleeping, for example, you can hang it on a clean, highish place, maybe near your altar, or collect it in a clean mala bag.�

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There is a three-holed bead besides the 108 beads, which is called Master Bead and tower, also called Guru.

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From the above picture, you will see what is a "Guru". A guru bead can be the same materal with the 108 beads, or different materials. Generally speaking, the "Guru bead" should be larger than the 108 beads.

Now in the Tibet, most Tibetan prayers do not pass over the guru bead, nstead theyreverse direction by turning the mala around, and starting a new circuit of 100, going back the way they came. We are not sure, honestly, why people do this, and they just do it out of habit rather than for any special reason. (We are told some people believe that if you continue in the same direction and cross over the guru bead, it is like stepping over your teacher.)

We have various types of Mala's Guru Beads for selection. Please check here to see if you can find any guru beads you want.

silver om mantra guru

agate guru bead for mala

Yak horn mala's guru

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Feng Shui is also known, as Kanyu is the art of placing and situating a building so that it is in harmony with its surroundings. According to Feng Shui cultural and social issues are influenced by natural, metaphysical and cosmological factors. To practically use Feng Shui one needs to understand the influence of cosmology on earth, should have a knowledge of how astronomy and astrology influence the placing of buildings, understand the Confucian classic, understand the weathering process and understand the forces of nature acting on buildings and their surroundings. It is also essential to have knowledge of the magnetic fields and how they influence man, knowledge on how to place buildings in order to tap 'chi' or the energy of the earth, understand the geographical land forms like hill, valleys, flat land etc. One must understand how environmental factors influence buildings externally and internally and must know how to place buildings so that the building has a comfortable physical environment.

The practice of Feng Shui began in the West Han dynasty around the third century BC. Feng Shui believes that the earth is a living thing and has life and energy. The energy or 'chi' of a site depends on its topography and its physical surrounding. A site with revitalizing energy is healthy and a site with bad energy was damaging to those who lived on it. Ever since then it has been incorporated into traditional Chinese architecture and has been followed by the rich and poor alike. In ancient China a city was planned in concentric rectangles surrounded by walls surrounded by lakes, hills, valleys, gardens, courtyards and parks. Chinese tried to ensure that both the natural and the built environment were planned to enhance positive energy. These were then landscaped according to the Taoist ideas of Yin and Yang, void and solid, water and hill.

Buildings were constructed in such a way that they enhanced harmonious relationships between members of the family and between the family and the country. People organized the structures in and around the buildings according to Feng Shui. The left of the building represented Yang or male force and was connected to the forces of heaven and the right of the building represented Yin or the female force and was connected with the energies of the earth. Built areas, sun lit roofs and elevation in the front were considered Yang. Empty areas, shadowed eaves, set back structures and elevations at the back were considered Yin. When a structure was build both the Yin and Yang had to be balanced and if the building leaned towards any one of these principles then there was imbalance and thus improper. Emperors build grand palaces and buildings from the time of the Shang dynasty (1711-1066 BC). Chinese Kings were considered sons of heaven and used to the principles of Feng Shui while building their palaces to create an environment favorable to power. The principles of Feng Shui created harmony between the forces of nature and this influenced man therefore the emperors ensured the principles of Feng Shui were followed when they built their palaces.

These palaces were surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. These were incomplete without water and hills, a contrast between Yin and Yang, fluidity and solidity. The garden had to be a contrast between openness and closeness and curved and straight lines. The elements of the landscape were placed in such a way that the Yin (negative) and Yang (positive) were in harmony, balance, continuity and balance. These palaces and their gardens are proof of what the practitioners of Feng Shui achieved in ancient China.
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Fengshui History fengshui-history
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy of understanding the energy that surrounds us and it deals with using positive 'chi' or energy to improve a person's good fortune and success. In the Chinese language each character can be translated and interpreted differently. Feng Shui (pronounced as Fung Shwey) is translated as "the way of wind and water" or "the natural forces of the universe." According to Feng Shui these natural forces influence everything in the world. The ancient Chinese lead their lives according to these natural forces. Thousands of years ago the Chinese used the principles of Feng Shui to construct building. As the land was such that it was prone to strong mountain winds and the plains were prone to flooding, before construction wind and water considerations had to be made. Therefore the name, wind and water.

In Europe a similar science was known as geomancy. Native Americans and Hawaiians have their own form of this science. We are oblivious of the fact that we are being affected by different energies everyday. These energies or electromagnetic fields we can neither see nor feel. Without even being conscious we are ourselves creating everything that affects our lives. Using the principles of Feng Shui, we can control our actions and our lives and attain our goals. You can notice the science of Feng Shui in everything we see and touch everyday. Feng Shui uses the Ba-qua chart or eight-sided shape that is associated with the eight aspects of life: prosperity, relationships, helpful people, new knowledge, family, children and career. Feng Shui was introduced to the Americans during the California gold rush in the 1840s, when people from all over the world including China, came to America seeking wealth. Today America is using a simple Western version of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui manipulates 'chi' by evaluating natural and artificial environments. 'Chi' is the dragon's celestial breath and the ancient Chinese used this word to name the life force that governs our world. 'Chi' brings happiness, prosperity, luck and long life. Though chi is present everywhere, it is concentrated in some areas which are very sacred in Feng Shui. Feng Shui looks for areas where 'chi' is concentrated so that there is a lot of happiness, luck, prosperity etc. Ancient Chinese classified 'chi' is classified into five types or elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Feng Shui studies the distribution of 'chi' and the quality of 'chi' is determined by time, position and location. Feng Shui also guides you on how to place objects so that it brings harmony in to the environment.
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Fengshui Introduction fengshui-inf
Following simple principles of Feng Shui can change your life for the better. You must believe and have faith in the principles of Feng Shui and you can fulfill your dreams and goals. When you use principles of Feng Shui in your home or office, you are telling God or whatever power you believe in exactly what you want. And thus you are making a very powerful statement. One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is positive energy attracts positive energy. So if you have positive thoughts then positive things will happen to you. When you make a statement using the words "I am", you are making a statement about who you are at that moment. Whatever you think of, you can bring about. The success of Feng Shui depends on your intentions and constant attention. You have to forget negative beliefs and this will help you overcome the obstacles that are preventing positive things from happening to you. You should think only of things that you want to happen to you and not about negative things. Positive energy attracts positive energy. Remember to be grateful for everything you have. If you do this you will get great returns from unexpected quarters.

If one honestly tried to master Feng Shui it would take years. It not something that one can do by just reading a book. But the principles of Feng Shui are grounded in common sense and practicality. Thus following a few simple rules of Feng Shui you can improve the surroundings in which you live.
  • Observe and become aware about your surroundings. Always follow the rules of nature.
  • As Feng Shui deals with wind and water and this is symbolic of the energy flowing in the place we live, Feng Shui is a means of harness this energy.
  • In Feng Shui it is important to harness positive energy and allow it to flow freely. It allows good flow of energy remove all obstacles and create more open space. Ensure that there is no obstacle especially when you enter a room, as it will obstruct the smooth flow of energy through the room.
  • According to Feng Shui when you arrange your room it should be done in such a way that you can see anyone who is entering the room. It is not possible in a particular room then the place a mirror opposite the door so that it will enable you to see whoever is entering the room.
These are some of the very basic and simple principles of Feng Shui that anyone can follow and it will improve your life a lot.
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In Feng Shui there are many symbols that bring good luck and good fortune. Placing these objects in the house can bring you good luck. Some symbols have to be placed in specific positions within the house. Given below are a few Feng Shui objects that will bring good luck and good fortune.
  • Good Luck Coins: Gifting someone three coins tied with a red ribbon represents sharing wealth and luck. This act brings good luck and positive Feng Shui to both the giver and the receiver.
  • Three-Legged Moon Frog: The three-legged frog with a coin in its mouth should be placed inside the front and should face into the house. This will improve your good luck and prosperity. This is a very important symbol of wealth and fortune. This symbol is also associated with long-life.
  • Dragon Turtle: A golden dragon turtle will make your business prosperous and improve relationships with those around you. Place a golden dragon turtle in the prosperity corner (South-East) of your office facing the door. This Feng Shui symbol is the best representative of a long and prosperous life.
  • Golden Cat of Abundance and Protection: This is a unique Feng Shui statue. On one side of this two sided Cat, the Cat is smiling and holing out its left paw up which represents good fortune and attracts money. On the other side the Cat is frowning and is holding a broom in its paw. This side symbolizes protection and broom is used to sweep away your troubles.
  • Golden Pigs: Pair of Golden Pigs brings great prosperity and happiness to a household. This is a symbol of honesty, initiative and diligence. It is best to use Golden Pigs when you are setting up a business or a new home.
  • The Three Star Gods: The Three Star Gods are the most sacred of all Feng Shui deities since they represent Health, Wealth and Longevity.
  • Bells: Hang small metal bells outside your from door if it faces between the North and the West. Bells ring in good new and prosperity. You can place bells made of crystal and ceramic in other parts of the house.
  • Wealth Bucket: Fill a container made of metal with coins and place it in the North West corner of your home or office. Do not display the container; keep the container inside a cabinet or draw.
  • Indoor Plants: Place indoor plants in the South East corner of your home to increase wealth.
  • Fish: According to Feng Shui goldfish are descendants of Koi Carp and can live for over 100 years. Placing three gold fish in a bowl bring prosperity. It is believed that statues or pictures of eight Koi Carp bring good fortune into your home or business.
  • Throughout my years of practicing Feng Shui and traveling around China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, I realized that Pi Xiu is the most ideal auspicious celestial creature to be used because it has many functions that suits all our needs.?#60;BR>
    We have many different kinds of Feng Shui cures in the market; however, after getting too many of such items, your house would surely look like a mini temple. My recommendation would be to place a Pi Xiu in an auspicious area within the living room of your house or office instead of using too many other cures.?#60;BR> Thus, those enduring a period of bad luck soon after moving into a new home or soon after undertaking renovations should display the image of Pi Xiu in the home.
    There is no doubt about its capabilities to protect you with its life to drive away evil and ushering wealth, thus many FS Masters have been recommending it to businessmen of all trades and also used for increasing 4D/Toto luck too.?#60;/LI>
  • The Qilin, also spelled Kirin (from Japanese) or sometimes Kyrin, is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage. It is a good omen that brings rui (Chinese: roughly translated as "serenity" or "prosperity"). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes called the "Chinese unicorn" due to conflation with the unicorn by Westerners.
Place one or some of the Feng Shui symbols in your home and it will increase prosperity and good fortune.
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