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The mala, trengwa, in Tibetan is the rosary of the Buddhist, the object from which the monk (or even the lay practitioner) almost never separates, holding it in the hand or wrapped around the wrist.
The mala is first of all a utilitarian onjet: it serves as a tactile support for the recitation of mantras, at the same time as it is used to count them if one has set oneself to repeat a definite number.
The mala is composed of 108 strung pearls, which justifies its name, since it simply means "garland" (of pearls). The different components each contain a precise symbolic meaning: The big pearl (or Buddha's head) that closes the loop marks the knowledge of emptiness. The small cone that surmounts it is the mark of emptiness itself.
Our article explaining in detail the mala and the creative process available via this link
As a gemologist graduated from the Institut National de Gemmologie de Paris, all our stones are appraised and certified.
As Malakara, we make all our malas ourselves with scrupulous respect for tradition.
Like all traditional malas, this piece is finished with a sliding knot below the final pearl (called Guru pearl or Buddha head) to loosen the mala for practice and tighten it once the exercise is finished as shown in this video via this link
This mala is composed of 108 red sandalwood pearls, a rare quality collection from India.
Much rarer than white sandalwood has no characteristic smell and is one of the very precious woods.
In Buddhism, sandalwood is one of the Padma (lotus) and corresponds to the Buddha Amitabha, moreover the element of this Buddha is fire and its color, red. Sandalwood is considered capable of transforming desires and keeping the attention of a person practicing meditation.
Sandalwood is one of the main constituents of incense made in China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and is intended to be lit in temples or during worship. It is also widely used in India for these same applications.
Dimension of each bead: 12mm by 11mm
Netsuke in deer antlers depicting a dragon and protector Zhong Kui on each side.
Handcrafted carved in deer horn.
Dimensions 43mm/ 28mm/ 29mm.
Rare piece, fine and delicate work.
The deer antler is of course harvested at the fall of these once a year in spring.
A netsuke is a miniature sculpture, originating in 17th century Japan. Initially a button closure simply carved on the cords of an inro box, netsuke later developed into richly carved handicrafts.
Traditionally, Japanese clothing - the kosode and its later evolution, the kimono - had no pockets. Although kimono sleeves could be used to store small items, men who wore the kimono needed a larger, stronger container in which to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, silver, and seals, which resulted in the development of containers known as sagemono. which were suspended by cords from the belts of the dresses (obi).
Today, netsuke production continues and some modern netsuke can fetch high prices in the UK, Europe, US, Japan and elsewhere.
The existence of demons and monsters is often crucial for a religious system. These scary Buddhist monsters don't just exist to scare you – they symbolize the vile and evil aspects of human nature. Buddhists believe that every human being possesses Buddha nature and can attain enlightenment, but also that humans are inherently predisposed to give in to their lowest desires, such as greed, ego, lust and anger. The scary demons of Buddhism usually embody impure thoughts and desires that lead to negative behavior, although some are simply scary reminders to do only good things.
Many supernatural creatures populate Buddhist literature, but among them, Mara is unique. He is one of the first non-human beings to appear in Buddhist scriptures. It is a demon, sometimes called the Lord of Death, who plays a role in many stories of the Buddha and his monks.
Zhong Kui (Chinese: 鍾馗; pinyin: Zhōng Kuí; Japanese: Shōki) is a legendary exorcist from China.
Deity of Chinese mythology. The god of Taoist exorcism
Traditionally considered a slayer of ghosts and evil beings, and reputed to be able to command 80,000 demons, his image is often painted on household doors as a guardian spirit, as well as in places of business where high-value goods are involved.
In Buddhism, the Dragon is the vehicle of Vairocana, with the white Buddha sitting in the east (or center). His throne supported by dragons probably derives from the Chinese imperial throne. The Turquoise Dragon is the mount of a large number of protective deities, treasure keepers and gods of rain and storms. As treasure keepers, the Sino-Tibetan Dragons are the counterparts of the Indian Nagas. The Tibetan term druk (tib.brug) means both "dragon" and "thunder". Bhutan, Buddhist kingdom, is called Druk Yul (land of the Dragon). Its inhabitants, the Drukpas, take their name from the Drukpa Kagyu spiritual lineage, which originated in Tibet. This line was established by the sage Tsangpa Gyaré who, having once observed nine dragons disappear in the sky near Gyantsé decided to establish the monastery of Ralung. In Tibetan Buddhism, the ascent to heaven of a group of dragons is an auspicious sign.
Nehrite-type jade called polar jade, from Canada. Natural jade without any treatments.
Dimension of the barrels in counterpearls: 16mm/ 13mm
Final donut dimension: 15mm
Mala embellished with 18k gold-plated copper and 925 silver.
Total dimension of the mala: 70cm
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