Mala, Buddhist rosary, 108 pearls of Abelia biflora.
Pearls 11/7 mm in diameter each.
Abelia biflora is a species of the genus Abelia, which comprises about 39 to 45 species and belongs to the Family of Caprifoliaceae (Caprifoliacs)
Aelia is a genus of flowering shrubs, with persistent or semi-persistent foliage, mainly from Asia. Aelias measure from 1 to 4 meters depending on the species. Their flowering period extends from May to the first frosts, where thousands of pink or white bells follow one another. After that, each seed formed, is protected by a flattened aken
"Dr Clarke Abel (...) doctor of the British embassy led by Lord Amberst in Beijing (...) did not fail to visit the splendid Chinese gardens and made several discoveries, including that of the shrub to which his friend, the illustrious Robert Brown (1773-1858), was to give his name, A. chinensis, by creating for this species the new genus Abelia, circa 1825."
Larousse of Jacques Brosse's trees
This wood comes from the sacred Buddhist mountain of wutaishan, the world burial place of the Manjushri bodhisattva. This wood is also used in Taoism by exorcist witch monks to scare away ghosts and evil spirits.
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 cord on which the beads are threaded must, theoretically, present itself as 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 the "five families" of Buddhas (Buddha family, vajra family, jewel family, lotus family, activity family)
nine threads symbolize the primordial Buddha Vajradhara and the eight great bodhisattvas.
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