Mala is a popular Sanskrit term for a rosary or string of prayer beads. In Tibetan, the rosary is known as a treng-wa. The Buddhist mala is typically composed of 108 beads plus a larger “guru bead” and serves to conveniently count our mantra recitations. The practice of mantra recitation has flourished for untold millennia to help focus the mind, cultivate calmness, purify negative emotions, and gain wisdom. Thus, the mala is an important tool to strengthen and maintain mindfulness, and often signifies a new practitioner’s first steps on their dharma path.
Our mala rosaries are hand-crafted by artisans in Nepal using the finest quality natural wood beads, bodhi seeds, and gemstones with specific remedial properties carefully strung on triple-strand cord. Select a mala that either complements your personal energy or promotes a quality you wish to cultivate. Over time, your mala will be imbued with the positive intent and mindfulness you have accumulated through using it. Moreover, they make a beautiful, personal gift, and ideally should be blessed by a teacher or spiritual master.