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Kadam aka yellow rosewood is grounding, offering tranquility, clearness of perception and a positive frame of mind, protecting one from negative energy
and promoting spiritual awareness. This simple, soothing bead is lovely to touch, with a gentle fragrance said to support presence and alertness during meditation.
In Buddhist tradition,108 is the conventional number of beads for malas, representing the 108 kleshas that cloud the mind. In Hinduism, Vedic mathematicians believed 108 represented the wholeness of existence. Some have said there are 108 stages of the human soul’s journey, and others link spiritual enlightenment with taking 108 breaths a day while meditating. In yogic tradition, the body has 108 sacred places. Others say malas have 100 beads for mantra recitation plus 8 extra for miscounts!
Sequentially touching the 108 beads of a mala while reciting mantra centers the mind and focuses the breath. Om Mane Padme Hum is the ancient Tibetan mantra related to the bodhisattva of compassion; many also recite the Buddha’s name; or select your own personal mantra.
chattra's Tibetan Nuns 108 Bead Kadam Mala comes in a re-usable pouch. Mala made in India by Delek Dolma (pictured above with chattra founder Ann), Buddhist Nun, Dolma Ling Nunnery, Dharamshala, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India.
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