Mala, Buddhist rosary,
108 5-sided rudashka beads, diameter 8/5.5mm diameter
This rudashka was aged using a traditional method for 4 years in a barrel filled with cinnabar powder.
Turquoise du Hubei
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan site of Baoshan. This exceptional agate owes its color to the crystallization of cinnabar in inclusion
Jade nephrite of Central Asia, called "gold leaf" due to its remarkable color.
Ganesh carved by hand in an olive stone.
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 own mala with scrupulous respect for 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 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.
Rudraksha pearls are natural seeds of the rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus) also called Shiva's tears. Legend has it that Shiva during one of his meditations had a vision of the wishes and sufferings of the world. This vision made him cry and a tear fell to the ground giving birth to a tree. This tree gives fruits that when drying leave seeds with the characteristic Rudraksha shape, for Hindus this seed contains a little goodness of Shiva. This is how many virtues are attributed to Rudraksha seeds. They can be composed of one to fourteen faces.
A legend tells that a fight took place between the two ganesh, that the Buddhist won and tore off the head of the Hindu in place of his own. More seriously, Ganesh was incorporated into Buddhism by its tantric form which originated in India in Odisha and then traveled first to Nepal by Indian traders, and to China, then to Japan which we will talk about a little below, the divinity having taken an interesting place in the shingon and tendai forms of Buddhism of the archipelago.
The elephant-god Ganesh (or Ganesha/Ganapati, also sometimes called siddhi data) is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism and is also widely represented both in the Temples of Theravada Buddhism (India, Thailand, Indonesia...) and in those of Vajrayana (Tibet, Nepal...). He plays an important role in Tantrism and is present in the Tibetan pantheon where he is recognized mainly as a deity of wealth but is also part of the attributes of some wrathful deities, somewhat frightening, terrible, secretive and fearful, avoiding obstacles.
Apart from Tibet, the deity has left little trace in China, probably swallowed up with the Chinese esoteric current Tangmi, centered on the Buddha Vairocana, disappeared from 845, date on which the full rise of Buddhism, its golden age between the period between the Sui and Tang dynasties extending from the beginning of the seventh century to 845 abruptly ended. The Tang Emperor Wuzong, of Taoist confession issued an edict against the Manicheans, Buddhists and Nestorians, religions of foreign origin. After the persecution, only the Chan and Pure Land currents remained visibly. Typical Chinese esoteric Buddhism will still leave some traces, merging into the two surviving schools. Then, Tibetan Lamaism took the vacant place becoming the imperial religion under the Yuan dynasty, as well as the last dynasty, the Manchu Qing dynasty. In short, Tangmi or the "secret art of the Tang" disappeared completely in China.
The Japanese name of Ganesh is Shōten (聖天) or Kangiten (歓喜天), Japanese Buddhism considers it a manifestation of Shō Kannon Bosatsu (聖観音菩薩). In Japanese, the kanji 天 is used as the equivalent of the Hindu Deva.
The cult of Kangiten began in Japan around the eighth - ninth century. Importation due to Kukai (July 31, 774 - April 22, 835) scholar and official at the Japanese imperial court (early Heian period), holy founder of the esoteric Shingon Buddhist school, during his trip to China in 804, with the aim of initiating the tantric form of Buddhism. There he met the eminent Buddhist scholar Pranja from the Gandhara region, the cradle of Mahayana or Great Vehicle, a region located in the northwest of present-day Pakistan.
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