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Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:11 am
by Sylvester
This is dedicated to the times when I used my malas for assorted reasons -

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Copy of an original Tang-era mala (8th c) used in a now-lost Avalokitesvara tantra, preserved in Japan from the original diplomatic mission to China. Used by me to adorn myself when visiting a monk at the opening of his new funeral centre.

Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:14 am
by Sylvester
My favourite disco mala, at the height of Dolce & Gabbana's infatuation with the Catholic rosary as accessory -

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In soft black coral that fluoresced under the UV lights. I was divine!

Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:16 am
by Sylvester
Copy of a Qing-era courtier's mala.

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I heard the Prime Minister was guest of honour at the wedding, so I HAD to wear something fetching and civil-servant like.

Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:17 am
by Sylvester
A mala for keeping count of the Moraparitta...

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Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:15 am
by Bakmoon
Sylvester wrote:This is dedicated to the times when I used my malas for assorted reasons -

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Copy of an original Tang-era mala (8th c) used in a now-lost Avalokitesvara tantra, preserved in Japan from the original diplomatic mission to China. Used by me to adorn myself when visiting a monk at the opening of his new funeral centre.
Those Malas are beautiful! What do you chant with them if I may so ask?

Re: Are Malas a form of garland?

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:05 am
by Sylvester
Hee, hee. Of my large collection of malas, only one (the 4th post) was used to keep count of chanting. The rest were simply indulgences in the 2 āyatanā of rūpa and phoṭṭhabba (plus the occassional gandha, if some nice Aquilaria beads came our way). It was a ferocious competition between me and monastics on who could come out with the better creation, while sticking faithfully to historical precedents (eg the 1st post). Due to our pioneering efforts a decade back, our mala maker has achieved some fame in the PRC and Japan, finding patronage even in Jiang Zemin.

And yes quite a few of his malas have even been donated to the Drubwang Rinpoche to be ritually flung into some chasm or another.... None of that wastage for me, of course.

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:14 am
by plwk
:thumbsup: I must start posting mine here too :tongue:

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:33 pm
by yawares
Dear Sylvester/Bakmoon/Plwk,

I love love your meditation malas very much...they're so pretty.

I have 1 Sodalite beads mala
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1 Unakite beads mala
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I bought them when Tep/I stopped for lunch at Arizona....I bought them as 2 bead strings...I had to tie them as 2 malas by myself...they are so beautiful and so cool/smooth to touch ...when meditate, I chant Buddho 1 , Buddho 2....so on...until the last bead of the mala...then start Buddho 1 2 3....again.

:heart: Love malas,
yawares :heart: :anjali:

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:56 pm
by Raitanator
Where do you guys get those rudraksha-malas?

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:50 pm
by yawares
Raitanator wrote:Where do you guys get those rudraksha-malas?
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Dear Raitanator,

If you travel to states that have so many mountains : New Mexico/Arizona/Nevada/Dakota etc. you'll find so many souvenir stands along the highways...and you can choose many kind of gemstones: Sodalite/Jasper/Lapis/Malachite/rose quartz/Unakite...all are beautiful...cheaper in strings...but you can buy many color gemstone strings and mix them together into 1 mala....so cool !! OR YOU CAN BUY ONLINE @amazon.com (bead necklaces/bracelet)...round beads 10mm are the good size for me..easy to count when chanting :anjali:

For Rudraksha-malas...just type 'rudraksha-malas' @ yahoo search ...and you'll see many malas to buy!! :jumping:

Good luck!
yawares :jumping:

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:28 pm
by Raitanator
Thanks for the tip Yawares. I ordered one from amazon.de, I hope it turns out to be real thing and not plastic scheisse.

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:45 pm
by yawares
Raitanator wrote:Thanks for the tip Yawares. I ordered one from amazon.de, I hope it turns out to be real thing and not plastic scheisse.
Dear Raitanator,

Oh please don't worry ...amazon.com :twothumbsup: ....I bought so many things from amazon...once I bought a laptop battery that not compatible with my laptop...I emailed to tell them my problem and CUSTOMER SERVICE person was so nice to offer exchange or refund as I want....'AMAZON.COM' LOVES TO SATISFY CUSTOMERS!!

So if you don't like your mala...just email...'no satisfaction' with reason....

No Satisfaction! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJ5mtCyHSw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

yawares :thinking:

Re: Photos of Malas

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:17 am
by alan...
Image this is pretty much the one i have, slight difference in the knot and mine is 8mm beads. i got it just because i thought it was hip although i never use it since its not mentioned in the canon. i tried making time for chanting "metta" and trying to generate metta with each bead for awhile but i fell out of practice. wearing it out and about in daily life feels odd so it sits in a drawer.