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Mala question
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:08:19 am »
 Do anyone know of a way to hold a mala while doing prostrations that won't bash and grind it repeatedly into the ground?
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Re: Mala question
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 01:41:40 am »
Do anyone know of a way to hold a mala while doing prostrations that won't bash and grind it repeatedly into the ground?



Yes, normally you use a short mala with for example 27 beads. Here are some examples.
http://www.tibetantreasures.com/tthtml/ttmerch/malapages/prostrationandwrist.html

You need something for your knees, like a yoga mat, and a pair of old socks to glide with. Also most people use a prostration board, a long masonite piece with the shiny side up. It is good to get some explanations and talk about it with someone that have done 100.000. You get very strong arm and stomach muscles by this practice.

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Re: Mala question
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 03:38:10 am »
Do anyone know of a way to hold a mala while doing prostrations that won't bash and grind it repeatedly into the ground?



Yes, normally you use a short mala with for example 27 beads. Here are some examples.
http://www.tibetantreasures.com/tthtml/ttmerch/malapages/prostrationandwrist.html

You need something for your knees, like a yoga mat, and a pair of old socks to glide with. Also most people use a prostration board, a long masonite piece with the shiny side up. It is good to get some explanations and talk about it with someone that have done 100.000. You get very strong arm and stomach muscles by this practice.

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Do you know anywhere online you can purchese these prostration boards magnus ?  :pray:
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Re: Mala question
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 03:55:36 am »
Do anyone know of a way to hold a mala while doing prostrations that won't bash and grind it repeatedly into the ground?



Yes, normally you use a short mala with for example 27 beads. Here are some examples.
http://www.tibetantreasures.com/tthtml/ttmerch/malapages/prostrationandwrist.html

You need something for your knees, like a yoga mat, and a pair of old socks to glide with. Also most people use a prostration board, a long masonite piece with the shiny side up. It is good to get some explanations and talk about it with someone that have done 100.000. You get very strong arm and stomach muscles by this practice.

/magnus   


Do you know anywhere online you can purchese these prostration boards magnus ?  :pray:


You just go to one of these places where were you can by building material, don't know what they are called in English, and make them cut one for you. They should be a lot longer than you are and broad enough to accommodate you. You are standing on the beginning of the board when you do prostrations, that will keep it steady,the you have to stretch out fully and there should still be some space on the top.  So maybe for a grown man, 80-100 cm broad and about 250-300 cm long.

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Re: Mala question
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 04:22:58 am »
Cheers !
http://emodernbuddhism.com/

This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

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Re: Mala question
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 05:42:19 pm »
Usually when doing prostrations, I just tuck my mala into my shirt.  :socool:
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Re: Mala question
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 07:11:05 pm »
Usually when doing prostrations, I just tuck my mala into my shirt.  :socool:

um ok but then how do you count?
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Re: Mala question
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 08:33:01 pm »
Do anyone know of a way to hold a mala while doing prostrations that won't bash and grind it repeatedly into the ground?



Heart's advice is good, but.....

you don't have to use a mala at all.  A lot of people use a handheld tally counter like this:



I certainly wouldn't have the same aesthetic as a mala, but it will get the job of counting done (and probably better than a mala could) without having to worry about the mala hitting the ground, hitting you in the face and so on.

There was a fella on the old eSangha boards who used one and was thinking about having it blessed.

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Re: Mala question
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 08:54:56 pm »
Usually when doing prostrations, I just tuck my mala into my shirt.  :socool:

um ok but then how do you count?

By counting in my head?
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