Mala, Buddhist rosary,
108 Aquilaria pearls (agar wood). Pearls 6mm in diameter each
Guan Yin pendant in red indian sandalwood entirely hand-carved. Size of pendant: 60/40/8mm
Turquoise du Hubei
Agate nan hong. (southern red) of Yunnan, Baoshan site
As a gemologist who graduated from the National Institute of Gemmology in Paris, all our stones are expert and certified.
As Malakara, we make all our malas ourselves, scrupulously respecting tradition.
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 his hand or wrapped around the wrist.
The mala is first of all a utilitarian onjet: it serves as a tactile medium for the recitation of mantras, at the same time as it is used to count them if one has set a set to repeat a defined number.
The mala is composed of 108 strung beads, which justifies its name, since it simply means "garland" (beads). The various components each contain a symbolic meaning specify: The big pearl (or Buddha's head) that closes the loop meets the knowledge of emptiness. The small cone that overcomes it is the mark of emptiness itself.
The tropical tree aquilaria belongs to the Thymelaeceae family, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in Southeast Asia. It has a slender appearance, a clear bark and leaves of an intense bright green; it can easily exceed five meters in height.
Aquilaria is the origin of agar wood, as well as sought-after species and other rare and precious products. A characteristic that he shares with a nearby genus, The Gyrinops, with nine species also distributed in Southeast Asia.
These trees have been known for millennia for the virtues of their black, resinous and fragrant wood. It is one of the most valuable woods in the world
Agar wood is also known as Eaglewood, oud, Aloeswood, Gaharu in Indonesia, Jinkoh or Kanankoh in Japan. It is used by the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Middle East for its fragrant properties - its fragrance is woody, powerful, musky - and medicinal.
It is used as incense in certain religious rituals, notably in Korea or Hinduism. It also served as a medium to preserve certain texts: this is the case of pormuniyan, a Javanese medical-magic collection, kept in the National Library of France. It is also used as essential oil, extracted from wood after a complex maceration and distillation process.
This red sandalwood, from India, much rarer than white sandalwood has no characteristic smell and is part of the very precious woods.
In Buddhism, sandalwood is one of the Padma (lotus) and corresponds to the Amitabha Buddha, plus the element of this Buddha is fire and its color, red. Sandalwood is considered capable of transforming desires and retaining 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.
The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Hindi अवलोकितेश्वर Avalokite-vara "Lord Who Observes from the Top", Chinese 觀音 Guunsh-yan or 觀音 Guonyan, Shanghaian Kueu (sy)'in, Korean Gwanseeum 관세음, Japanese 観音 Kan'no, Tibetan Chenrezig, Vietnamese Quen Them, Indonesian Kwan Im, Khmer លោកេស្វរ Lokesvara), is arguably the most revered and popular great bodhisattva among the Great Vehicle Buddhists. It is also used as a yidam (tutelary deity) in tantric meditations.
Bodhisattva protean and syncretic (it can represent all other bodhisattva), embodying the ultimate compassion, it can be feminine in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam, in the form of Guan Yin.
He is considered the protector of Tibet where King Songtsen Gampo and later the Dalai Lamas are seen as his emanations. This is also the case of other tulkou such as karmapa. Also known as Padmapi or Ma'ipadm, it is invoked by the famous mantra Om̐ Ma'ipadme hum (ॐ मणिपद्मेहूम्).
Chenrézi is the bodhisattva of love and compassion. Chenrézi's poudja aims to develop loving friendship and compassion for all living beings without distinction. Chenrézi manifests itself in different forms: the 10-headed, 1000-arm Chenrézi of compassion is best known: he promised his spiritual father, the Amitabha Buddha, to expend all his energy to free all living beings and not to rest until all living beings were freed from their suffering. If he should ever doubt his mission, 'then my head could fragment into ten and my body in 1000'. When, after meditating deeply and reciting the Mantra of Mani, he saw that the ocean of suffering had still not emptied, then he fell into deep despair and broke his head in 10 and his body in 1000. The six-syllable mantra OM MANI PEME HOENG is the best known mantra of Tibetan Buddhism.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting the mantra of Chenrezi Om Mani Padme Hum, aloud or inwardly, is an invocation to Chenrezig's benevolent and powerful attention, the expression of the Buddha's compassion. Seeing the written mantra can have the same effect, which is why it is found in clearly visible places, even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked with prayer mills on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different formats of prayer mills: there are those that can be carried with you and run with one hand, and there are others that are so large and heavy that it takes several people to run them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hung) alone brings together all the Buddha's teachings.
Each syllable closes a door of reincarnation:
OM: Close the door of the world of Devas (gods). MA: Close the door of the world of asuras (half-gods). NI: Close the door to the human world. PAD: Closes the door to the animal world. ME: Closes the door of the world of pretas ("greedy spirits"). HUNG: Close the door of hell.
Each syllable purifies a veil:
OM: purifies the veil of the body. MA: purifies the veil of speech. NI: purifies the veil of the mind. PAD: purifies the veil of conflicting emotions. ME: purifies the veil of substantial existence. HUNG: purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Each syllable is a mantra in itself:
OM: for the body of the Buddhas. MA: for the word of the Buddhas. NI: for the spirit of the Buddhas. PAD: for the virtues of the Buddhas. ME: for the achievements of the Buddhas. HUNG: for the grace of the body, the word, the spirit, the virtue and all the accomplishments of the Buddhas.
Each syllable corresponds to one of six transcendental paradigms or enhancements:
OM: generosity. MA: Ethics. NI: tolerance. PAD: Perseverance. ME: Concentration. HUNG: discernment.
Each syllable is also connected to a Buddha:
OM: Ratnasambhava. MA: Amaoghasiddi. NI: Vajradhara PAD: Vairocana. ME: Amitabha. HUNG: Akshobya.
Each syllable of the mantra cleanses us of a defect:
OM: pride. MA: the desire/desire to be entertained. NI: passion. PAD: stupidity/prejudice. ME: poverty/possessiveness. HUNG: Aggression/hate.
Finally, each syllable corresponds to one of the six wisdoms:
OM: the wisdom of stability. MA: Complete WISDOM NI: Wisdom emanates from oneself PAD: all embracing wisdom (dharma) ME: discriminating wisdom HUNG: wisdom similar to a mirror.
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