They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and therefore the term "Buddhist rosary " also appears. Conventional Buddhist tradition counts the beads at , signifying the mortal desires of mankind. The number is attributed to the Mokugenji soapberry seed Sutra wherein Shakyamuni Buddha instructed King Virudhaka to make such beads and recite the Three Jewels of Buddhism. In later years, various Buddhist sects would either retain the number of beads, or divide them into consecutive twos, fours, for brevity or informality. A decorative tassel is sometimes attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one's local tradition. Because prayer beads are often painted in pigment, various traditional schools attribute a consecration ritual by the Sangha to the beads, to "open the eyes" for the purpose of achieving Enlightenment unique to the Karma of each believer. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.
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Mala beads are a useful and beautiful tool used for meditation. They can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet, and usually have mala beads on each strand, though other numbers may be used. They are used to count breaths or the number of times a mantra is repeated by running your fingers over the beads learn how to use mala beads for meditation. Japa mala necklaces can be used during meditation and also worn throughout the day as a reminder to be mindful or as a reminder for a personal mantra connected to the type of bead or stone the necklace is made from. While any type of beads can be used for meditation, certain colors and precious stones have their own meanings that can be significant to the wearer and help to achieve a certain purpose to their meditation and their life. Gemstones have varying energy and healing properties, so when you are selecting a bead for your meditation, you want to look for the ones that have properties that will benefit you the most. Are you meditating to reduce stress?
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