Using the Mala beads in original way . .

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jbrooks79
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Using the Mala beads in original way . .

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Okay, I have bought some Mala beads, and read original Buddha said to a king, to make such beads, and recite the Three Jewels . .

That is,

I go to the Buddha for refuge . .
I go to the Dharma for refuge . .
I go to the Sangha for refuge . .

If I say that 108 times, as many beads on the mala, is this right, or correct . .

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Re: Using the Mala beads in original way . .

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jbrooks79 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:37 am
and read original Buddha said to a king, to make such beads, and recite the Three Jewels . .

If I say that 108 times, as many beads on the mala, is this right, or correct . .
Do you have any specific sutta which states this?
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Re: Using the Mala beads in original way . .

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jbrooks79 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:37 am
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If I say that 108 times, as many beads on the mala, is this right, or correct . .
The lack of response here may be because people do not recognize this from the Pali Canon.
I have not read the entire Canon, but so far have seen no reference to beads. I am happy to be corrected.
If it is true then that beads are not mentioned in the canon, it suggests that their use is not necessary.
That being said, if you experiment using the beads and find that it helps to promote wholesome qualities such as mindfulness, alertness, and good-will, why not? The practice can be seen as a skill -- you develop a skill by trying things and seeing the results, learning and adjusting. You develop confidence in your own assessment of "correct."
I did use beads for a while years ago along with Metta phrases -- I think it was useful at that time.
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Re: Using the Mala beads in original way . .

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jbrooks79 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:37 am
Okay, I have bought some Mala beads, and read original Buddha said to a king, to make such beads, and recite the Three Jewels . .

That is,

I go to the Buddha for refuge . .
I go to the Dharma for refuge . .
I go to the Sangha for refuge . .

If I say that 108 times, as many beads on the mala, is this right, or correct . .
Mala beads are used a lot in Mahayana/Vajrayana Buddhism for mantra recitation....but I don't think they're as important in Theravada.

You can repeat the 3 refuges and the 5 precepts every day, but you don't really need a Mala to do that.

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You can use mala beads for this practice. It isn't a common nor formal practice in Theravada. However, it should bring some calm to your mind.

You can recite 'Buddho' 108 times. 'Buddho' is a common meditation object in the Thai Forest Tradition.
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Ajahn Sumedho discusses how to practice the mantra "Buddho" from page 19 of this booklet:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/deathless.pdf


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