Mala

Japamala

Japamala

A Tibetan Japamala is composed of 108 grains it is used to count the number of reciting mantras, repeated many times for purposes of purification, and in order to prepare for meditation. It is always given the left hand during practice, or wrapped around the wrist. Between the grains of mala (which may be of wood, seeds, glass, turquoise, stone or bone …) are interspersed pearled four benchmarks, or pendants, and bell dorje miniatures, attached to a mala a son torsade de red. Sometimes the Tibetan mala ends with three seeds important symbols of the Three Treasures.