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Offline Feathers

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Hiya! I'm looking to buy a mala - not too expensive as it's a very new project for me! - but I want to make sure it is from a decent company/businessperson. Ideally, fair trade or made by a family business or some such that treats its employees decently. And of course a trustworthy one. Does anyone have any recommendations or tips for finding such a business? ebay is cheap but I suspect not the place to go :p

Side note: I posted in the introduction thread that I'm not a Buddhist. But I think I've read enough now that the only way I'm going to learn more is to start a practice and see what happens. Straightforward meditation at the moment is frustrating to the point of impossible (going through a medication change that has completely messed with my sleep and made me very agitated - can't settle to anything, can't even watch TV comfortably!). I like the idea of Metta, so I've downloaded a guide someone here linked in another thread, going to try and read that over the next few days (gonna be 'read a page' - > sth. else - > 'read a page') and then hopefully make a start on it. I figure having words to say and beads to follow would make it easier to keep a bit more focused and present. Can't hurt to try anyway :-)

Thanks in advance for any info or advice :-)

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Hiya! I'm looking to buy a mala - not too expensive as it's a very new project for me! - but I want to make sure it is from a decent company/businessperson. Ideally, fair trade or made by a family business or some such that treats its employees decently. And of course a trustworthy one. Does anyone have any recommendations or tips for finding such a business? ebay is cheap but I suspect not the place to go :p

I've bought several malas off ebay.  No problem.  Everyone I've dealt with was fair in their dealings and quality good.

I would not buy white sandalwood, period.  It's becoming scarce and expensive and some sellers will impregnate white wood malas with sandalwood oil and pass that of as fragrant sandalwood.  Don't buy a sandalwood mala unless you can actually look at it first.

You will find "rosewood" malas for sale.  These are not the kind of Rosewood  that musical instruments are made from.  These malas use beads made from a light hardwood and soaked/stained in strong tea.

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Side note: I posted in the introduction thread that I'm not a Buddhist. But I think I've read enough now that the only way I'm going to learn more is to start a practice and see what happens. Straightforward meditation at the moment is frustrating to the point of impossible (going through a medication change that has completely messed with my sleep and made me very agitated - can't settle to anything, can't even watch TV comfortably!). I like the idea of Metta, so I've downloaded a guide someone here linked in another thread, going to try and read that over the next few days (gonna be 'read a page' - > sth. else - > 'read a page') and then hopefully make a start on it. I figure having words to say and beads to follow would make it easier to keep a bit more focused and present. Can't hurt to try anyway :-)

Nope, can't hurt.

You might consider working with Shamatha meditation - it's basically a mindfulness excersize.  Meta might be too conceptual for you right now and is contributing the discursive mind you're experiencing.

If you live near a Buddhist center, see if you can't find your way there and ask for instruction from a qualified meditation instructor.  Having someone to work with you one-on-one is the best way to learn any form of meditation.

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Thanks for the reply :-) Yeah my concern with ebay isn't so much the trustworthiness, it's the source. I've found a couple I like the look of though.

I certainly do need to find an instructor, I'm limited by not having a car though. In the mean time I will go google for more info on shamatha meditation :-)

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How to find ethical/legitimate sellers of practice items, in particular malas?
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 08:23:51 pm »
An old friend of FreeSangha makes handmade malas... I'll see if I can't track down her info.


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Is she the lady who posted here as humanitas? I was looking through the thread of photos, some amazing work. Thanks for the link, she wouldn't mind me contacting her?

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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2012, 07:42:07 am »
She posted that link on other forums, so I assume she is okay with people contacting her.

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Thank you, I've messaged her :-)

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Feathers - how did your contact with Humanitas go? I also make malas and have taught others how to as well. It's really something I encourage everyone to do for themselves as a mala is such a personal item. How else to have one that is "yours"?

If you still need help, contact me via email (I think my profile will allow that). I'll gladly help if I can!

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