Buddhist prayer beads or malas are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and therefore the term "Buddhist rosary" also appears.
The number 108 is significant for so many reasons. But some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.
How to pray?
If you practice yoga or meditation regularly, you may want to consider using mala beads as a meditation aid. Follow these 8 steps to get started:
1. Clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation
2. Find a comfortable space and sit quietly in a cross legged position.
3. Close your eyes and observe the speed and depth of your natural breath.
4. Begin to breathe deeply and bring your focus and attention onto your mantra or affirmation.
5. Hang the first mala bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand.
6. Place your thumb on the guru bead and begin reciting your mantra.
7. At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. Continue until you reach a count on 7, 21, 27, or 108.
8. If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, do not skip over the guru bead. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.
- Material: Natural Wood
- Bead Size: 6mm / 8mm
- Number: 108 + 1 guru beads