Mala, Buddhist rosary
108 Aquilaria beads (agar wood) 6mm in diameter each
White Tara pendant in red sandalwood from India. Dimensions of the pendant 31/32/8mm
Turquoise du Hubei
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan, Baoshan deposit.
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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 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.
White, Tibetan, Dolma Karpo, Sat-Tur, the White Liberator but also, bright, clear, is one of the forms of the 21 known Turs. She is a deity of Tibetan Buddhism. It symbolizes the activity of pacification, and particularly grants longevity and health. His mantra is often recited with someone in mind. It also expresses compassion, and is depicted with seven eyes to signify the vigilance and omniscience of the mind inhabited by this compassion (karuna).
The Sanskrit root means "crossing" or "crossing" as using a bridge to cross a stream. In the sacred Indian Orthodox tradition, Târâ refers to the second of the ten means of realization. And as Shri Tara Devi, she is deification of this Mahavidya, according to the Hindu tantra. As a Tanin, she carries you through. In other words, it serves as a bridge for you to come to immortality. But the root tar- can mean 'tree' and 'particularly', and it is also related to 'star' and 'pupil of the eye'.
In Tibetan, it is called Dolma or Do'ma , although often we see Drolma because it follows Tibetan spelling (a little more; if we transliterate, it's actually sgrolma. )
Tara in her white form is distinguished by her white body, like an autumn moon; clear as a jewel of stainless crystal, beaming with light. She has a face, two hands, three eyes. It is described in the textbooks as having the youth of 16 years. Her right hand makes the gift-giving gesture, and with the thumb and ring finger of her left hand, she holds a branch of white utpala, her petals at the level of her ear.
There are three flowers at various stages of growth symbolizing the three times (past, present and future). The first flowering that is seed, usually on the right, represents Buddha Kashyapa who lived in a past eon; the second in the first bloom represents the historical Shakyamuni Buddha, whose activity brought you here today, and the bud on the left symbolizes the future Buddhas - the one expected is the Maitreya Buddha.
Her hair is dark blue, tied to the back of her neck in the back with long dying braids; her breasts are full; she is adorned with various precious ornaments, her blouse is silk of different colors, and her dresses are red silk, the palms of her hand and the soles of her feet each have an eye, constituting the seven eyes of knowledge; it sits straight and firm on the circle of the moon, legs crossed in the posture of the diamond.
Tara Blanche is called "Mother of All Buddhas."
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