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.
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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.
This mala is composed of 108 pearls made of sacred fig seeds (pipal, bodhi) marinated for several months in cinnabar. Each seed is set with silver 925 in its center
Buddha having attained enlightenment under a sacred fig tree, pipal seeds are the most traditional material for making malas. These seeds patinate and take on a beautiful shine over time called "porcelain layer". Our seeds come from Hainan Island known for growing and drying the best quality in the world. Be careful many sites and specialized stores name these seeds as lotus seeds by mistake.
Guru pearl representing Tibetan citipati and phurba finished in deer antlers entirely carved by a craftsman specializing in the carving and painting of netsukes in deer antlers.
The deer antler is of course harvested at the fall of these once a year in spring.
Pigments for painting are obtained thanks to minerals and crushed plants.
Grelot hunts ghost representing Pixiu the 9th son of the dragon (description below)
DZI, Tibetan sacred agate, protection to a band.
Buffalo horn skull
Total dimension of the mala 49cm
Rare and unique piece for collector
The Citipati (Sanskrit: चितिपति) were an ascetic couple meditating peacefully near a cemetery. In their deep state of meditation, they did not realize that a thief had crept up behind them. The thief beheaded them and threw their bodies into the mud, which led them to reach the next stage of ascetic practices, that is, their spirits rose and reached a higher level of knowledge. Furious at this act, the Citipati vowed to take revenge on this thief. They became the worst enemies of thieves and criminals and ruled over cemeteries in the form of a pair of skeletons. When they don't catch criminals passing by, they perform a ritual dance.
Their symbol is believed to represent both the eternal dance of death as well as perfect consciousness. They are invoked as wrathful deities, benevolent protectors of fierce appearance. The Citipati dance is commemorated twice a year in Tibet. Together these two male and female skeletal deities thus form a protective deity or dharmapala of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism of the Himalayas.
This deity is often depicted in the form of masks or on Tibetan and Nepalese conch.
Citipati's skull mask is a reminder of the impermanence of life and the eternal cycle of life and death. Hanging this mask at home also helps protect yourself from violent death and theft.
The Phurba is a dagger to defeat demons. It was introduced into Tibetan Buddhism by Phadmasambhava and is a symbol of transmutation of negative forces.
Often made of stones, bones, or iron, the Phurba daggers of Tibetan Buddhist temples are easily recognizable by their triple-sided blade. Used in rituals to drive away unwanted spirits, the Phurba acts spiritually to immobilize demonic spirits and sometimes kill them in the hope that they will reincarnate in better places.
Each component of the Phurba has its own meaning. The blade of the dagger represents the method, with each of the three sides representing the three-spirit worlds. The tip reconciles all three to form a harmonious global axis. The triple-blade design is also intended to simultaneously transform the world's three poisons into positive energies. These poisons are ignorance, greed and aggression. Enemies of Buddhism who may require a lifetime to overcome in the quest for enlightenment. The blade is often seen as indestructible and lit with a fire to burn above hatred.
The handle of the Phurba represents wisdom and is often modeled as an eight-sided bulb with symmetrical knots at each end. There are various interpretations to the presence of these nodes. From the belief that Nirvana is locked inside, to the belief that the different sections of the nodes contain the paradises of several gods. Going as far as the desire for a formless form, representing being formless in the kingdom of Buddhas.
The top of the handle often displays a vajra or dorje in Tibetan, lightning destroying ignorance
In many illustrations, Phurba's dagger is depicted in a simple form, due to its small size. However, in its three-dimensional form, this tiny blade is most often depicted with many Buddhist symbols and demonstrates its focus on purging evil.
One of the 5 most famous animals in Chinese mythology. He was born on the 18th day of the second lunar month, an extremely symbolic date in Asia. This is the ninth child of the Jade Emperor's celestial dragon The ninth son of the dragon borrows the massive and powerful appearance of the lion. His body is topped by a dragon's head. And it adorns itself with a pair of wings, for good measure. Today, the pixiu 貔貅, or pi xiu or pi yao – male or female – has only one horn. Whereas, in the past, the female wore two horns to distinguish her from the male, who wore only one. There emerges from the whole an air of strength and ferocity, accentuated by the clearly exposed fangs. It is that the pixiu is a celestial guardian, responsible for preventing the intrusion of demons and evil spirits, he fiercely protects his master. The pixiu is of noble extraction, it feeds on stones and precious metal symbols of its nobility of character. The legend of Pi Xiu or Pi Yao tells that the latter deliberately disobeyed a heavenly law and that the jade emperor went into a black rage. To teach him the lesson and punish him, he would have condemned the latter to feed only on gold and silver. He then made her anus disappear in order to prevent her from evacuating everything he ate. He would therefore be obliged to keep his loot in his belly but could never access or use it. A horrible punishment when you love silver and gold so much! The story says that the pixiu attacks demons and evil spirits whose vital essence it transforms into riches. It is therefore often used to attract some financial prosperity, hence the gold bars or coins that accompany it. Pixiu is also used to defeat or prevent demons and evil spirits that cause disease. In traditional feng shui, a metal pixiu is used as a remedy for some delicate qi. It is placed in particular: · In the annual sector afflicted by the three killers (san sha, 三煞). · The sector of Tai Sui (Grand Duke Jupiter, 太歲) or Sui Po especially if this sector is frequently disturbed (for example if the main entrance door is there). It is for this reason that the Pi Xiu or Pi Yao is, in Asia, the symbol of conquest and gain.
It brings luck and fortune,
it promotes the proper circulation of Qi.
it increases wealth,
it protects people and homes,
it removes bad luck and obstacles,
and it fosters good opportunities.
Pi Xiu statutes are very common in Asian households. Considered a guardian and protector, the latter are venerated. To place them well and use them, it is still best to follow the rules of feng shui. They are used as are tigers and dragons in order, mainly, to ward off bad luck and repel harmful energies. The pixiu is placed near a door, facing outwards. Given its fierce nature and its mission to protect against evil spirits, one does not turn the pixiu in the direction of another person, unless of course you want to tell him that he is a declared enemy and have decided some dubious magic operation. Pendants depicting a pixiu are commonly found. In this case, pixiu acts rather as a protection against harmful influences, especially for health. Pi Xiu remains very loyal and loyal to his assigned master. If you are moving into a new house or have done a lot of work, it is advisable to place the Pi Xiu statue in your living room.
Our contemporary Dzis are made according to tradition, by Tibetan craftsmen located at the crossroads of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet in the Tibetan prefecture of Gyaltran at 4000 meters above sea level.
The stone is agate, and the drawings on its surface are made by the hand of man, but according to a secret technique. A mixture of plant and lead is applied to their surface, the whole thing is cooked (at about 1200 degrees); At the exit and once the mixture is removed the drawings appear. According to some sources, some of the oldest Dzi were colored FROM INSIDE using secret techniques long lost...
A lot of counterfeits circulate, as well as modern DZIs sold as antiques at astronomical prices.
The Dzis that can be translated as "brilliantly polished", "luminous" are elongated agate beads having on their surfaces a decoration of various and varied geometric shapes, but each having a very precise meaning. Dzi are seen by Tibetans as powerful protections. According to legend, these stones are not of earthly origin, but, shaped by the gods and sown on earth so that whoever finds them, have a better Karma.
The Dzi is a Tibetan pearl, of distant origin, bringing many mystical benefits and benefits to its wearer. It is a Tibetan talisman or amulet, the king of lucky charms, sometimes revered as a true deity. The success of the Tibetan pearl comes from its multiple eyes, up to 21.
Dzis are believed to bring good fortune, ward off evil spirits, and protect its wearer from dangers and accidents, and even bring longevity and good health.
DZI originates from the Central Asian region and is usually found in a region that covers Afghanistan, Iran, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan up to Burma and Thailand. They are found in many sizes and shapes, with multiple eyes and stripes. Tibetans cherish these pearls and consider them hereditary jewels. The meaning of the Tibetan word "Dzi" translates as "brilliance, clarity, splendour". In Mandarin Chinese, dzi are called "pearl of the sky". Tibetans recognize, without being envious or jealous, the qualities of brilliant people, those people who shine intellectually and attract the attention and admiration of all. For Tibetans, wearing a Dzi pearl can develop in everyone that natural brilliance called Talent.
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