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. The cord on which the beads are strung must, theoretically, be a braid of several threads:
three sons symbolize the "three Bodies" of a Buddha (Absolute Body, Body of Glory and Body of Emanation);
Five sons symbolize the "five wisdoms" or "five families" of Buddhas (Buddha family, vajra family, jewel family, lotus family, activity family)
nine sons symbolize the primordial Buddha Vajradhara and the eight great bodhisattvas.
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We assemble our malas on a traditional cord, a braid of 5 threads of the 5 colors of the 5 meditation Buddhas.
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Mala, Tibetan Buddhist rosary
Malala dimension: 54 cm long
108 high quality labradorite pearls from Madagascar.
Dimension of each bead: 8mm diameter
Central pearl in Siberian Charoite
Dimension: 20mm diameter
Pendant in Buddhist Stupa finish
silver 925, turquoise "sleeping beauty" from Arizona, agate called "nan hong" (southern red) from Yunnan province
Dimension of the pendant: 56mm long by 11mm wide by 9mm thick
pendant, Taoist protective amulet, bell "ghost hunt" shaped Taotie Silver 925 copper Turquoise Arizona agate "nan hong"
Dimension 35/25/12 mm
Weight of about 16 grams
In the Taoist tradition, the ringing of the bell will warn of bad luck and the evil eye.
Dorje/ vajra and bell/ drilbou of the Tibetan vajrayana in silver 925 and copper.
Every Buddhist practitioner in Tibet and every officiant of a ritual has three objects to which Tibetans attribute deep and meticulous symbolism. These are the vajra, the bell and the mala.
Vajra, in Tibetan Dorje. It is arguably the most important symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. The term means "diamond" and refers to the indestructible nature of the mind in itself, enlightenment, which is both imperishable and indivisible. The small scepter seems to be, originally, the diamond lightning of the god Indra, it is a mark of royalty and power.
(1) the five upper points represent the five wisdoms, five facets of the diamond that is the awakened spirit:
Mirror-like wisdom, which means that the awakened mind, just like a perfectly polished mirror, clearly reflects all things, possesses the ability to know everything, without any confusion.
The wisdom of equality, which recognizes that all the phenomena of samsara (the ordinary world) and nirvana (the pure fields or paradise of the Buddhas) are of an equal nature in the sense that they are of a single essence: emptiness
the wisdom of distinction, which denotes that the awakened mind perceives not only the emptiness of all phenomena (which is what the wisdom of equality operates) but also, in a simultaneity without confusion, all phenomena as they manifest themselves;
Fulfilling wisdom, which enables Buddhas to create pure fields and emanations working for the good of beings;
The wisdom of universal space, which indicates that all phenomenes, beyond any concept and duality, remain in the pure knowledge of the spirit.
2° Along with the five wisdoms, these five upper points symbolize the Five Conquerors or five main male Buddhas on a mystical plane. The lower five points symbolize the Five Female Buddhas.
3° The mouths of makara (sea monster) from which emerge the points denote the liberation of the cycle of existences.
4° The eight upper petals represent the eight male bodhisattvas, in other words eight great bodhisattvas residing in celestial realms.
5° The eight lower petals are the eight female bodhisattvas.
6° The round part in the middle designates emptiness.
The bell, in Tibetan drilbou. It symbolizes, in a general way, emptiness (emptiness does not mean that nothing exists, but that phenomena do not exist as we perceive them because of the veil of ignorance that covers our mind).
1° Its hollow part represents emptiness and its beating the "sound" of emptiness (i.e. its dynamics potentially containing the manifestation)
2° The eight-petalled lotus symbolizes the eight female bodhisattvas, associated with the idea of emptiness like all female deities.
3° The vessel contains the nectar of achievements.
4° The face on the handle is that of the female deity Prajnaparamitam symbol of the knowledge of emptiness.
5° The vajra contains its own symbolism as seen above.
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