Mala, Rosary of Prayer and Buddhist Mediation. Tibetan Mala. Mala of impermanence. 108 bone beads, 4 carved bone skulls.
Total length of the room 53 cm
The mala, trengwa, in Tibetan is the buddhist's rosary, 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 support for the recitation of mantras, at the same time as it is used to count them if one has set to repeat a defined 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 symbolic meaning specify: The large pearl (or Buddha's head) that closes the loop represents the knowledge of emptiness. The small cone that surmounts it is the mark of emptiness itself.
As a gemologist graduated from the National Institute of Gemmology of Paris, all our stones are appraised and certified.
As a Malakara, we make all our malas ourselves while scrupulously respecting tradition.
We assemble our malas on a traditional cord, a braid of 5 threads of the 5 colors of the 5 meditation Buddhas.
Sliding knot in finish like all our malas, object of practice, as shown in this video as an example.
Detailed video on the skulls, available through this link
108 bone beads of DZO (hybrid breed between the domestic buffalo and the wild yak), these pearls are old and come from Nepal, diameter of each pearl 8/6mm
Many are baffled by the use of bone beads, but in Buddhism and more specifically in Tantric Buddhism or Vajrayana such as Tibetan Buddhism, the use of bone is meant to remind us of the very fact of our impermanence, that death will eventually come.
We also placed 4 skulls also made of bone, entirely made by hand.
Dimensions of each skull 16/12/14mm
In Asia, we find the symbolism of the skull in Buddhism and Hinduism through their religious art. Indeed the representation of the lord of death among Buddhists, named Yama, has five skulls around his head, like a crown that indicates a victory over five defects: hatred, greed, pride, envy and ignorance. On the other hand in the Hindu religion Kali the goddess of death is adorned with a necklace of skulls.
Finally the traditional Tibetan pompoms are in the colors of Buddhism
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