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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2010, 07:05:15 am »
I have two very simple wooden malas -- don't know what type of wood -- to give to anyone who wants one.  PM me if you are interested.  They were probably made in Taiwan or China, but I don't know where or for sure.

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2010, 07:14:54 am »
I have two very simple wooden malas -- don't know what type of wood -- to give to anyone who wants one.  PM me if you are interested.  They were probably made in Taiwan or China, but I don't know where or for sure.

This being 'FreeSangha', maybe we should have a section for members to give away or swap stuff?

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2010, 07:29:35 am »
I want some of that green paint!   :D

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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2010, 09:07:00 am »
It is possible to overdo it with malas:




I practice Ch'an and sometimes use a mala in meditations. When the mind is racing, busy fingers help to "calm the monkey." Tools are tools.

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2010, 10:18:41 am »
I currently use a mala of rudraksha with a carved bone guru bead.  I found my mala very useful and comforting when I quit smoking many years back.  The rudraksha reminds me of renunciation, and the bone reminds me of impermanence.  It is strung "Buddhist style" (no knots between beads and a 3 hole guru bead) on very strong but fine steel cable.  I tend to use it more as worry beads now a days, but it also comes in handy as a timer, as one mala of "Buddho" done in sync with the breath takes about 15 minutes.   

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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2010, 11:10:53 am »
My mala (homemade)




Wow! And wow again!

Knotting between each bead is always a good idea, as if the mala breaks you don't end up with 108 beads on the floor.

let me guess what the beads are. Is it amethyst, pearl, onyx, bone and lapis markers, with carnelian or coral guru bead, a bone skull bead below, leading to catseye beads and and agate (dzi) pendant?

You should make them for other people. :)




Close.. this mala was my first, so each material was chosen carefully.

Amethyst
Blue sandstone instead of catseye
Rose quartz instead of pearl
Hematite instead of lapis
Bone markers
blue marker is a czech lampwork bead, rare and very beautiful
Honey Amber guru bead
bone skull
fossilized wood
agate dzi (sky lotus)

Each piece has significance unto itself and in relation to the whole.

PS I can make them for others as well so long as I can get a feel for the person or the person has in mind what they want.
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2010, 11:57:40 am »
Whoa!  They're beautiful.  So is there no end to your talents?  Did you also photograph them? 

I am green with envy.  That's a metaphor. 

Yeshe has literally turned green.  Not a metaphor.

I have photographed them myself.  And I want what Yeshe's drinking so I can too be that green some days.
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2010, 11:59:19 am »

This being 'FreeSangha', maybe we should have a section for members to give away or swap stuff?

We were considering a "Flea Market" type section, but didn't feel comfortable with financial transactions, so perhaps if we had no money involved it could be doable?

If you like this idea go post it in suggestions!
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2010, 01:06:10 pm »
Whoa!  They're beautiful.  So is there no end to your talents?  Did you also photograph them? 

I am green with envy.  That's a metaphor. 

Yeshe has literally turned green.  Not a metaphor.

I have photographed them myself.  And I want what Yeshe's drinking so I can too be that green some days.

You're to blame for my green hue - posting those pics in the Chat. That is the peaceful me - you wouldn't like me when I'm angry (I go from hunk to Hulk! ) LOL :)

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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2010, 01:12:24 pm »
My mala (homemade)




Wow! And wow again!

Knotting between each bead is always a good idea, as if the mala breaks you don't end up with 108 beads on the floor.

let me guess what the beads are. Is it amethyst, pearl, onyx, bone and lapis markers, with carnelian or coral guru bead, a bone skull bead below, leading to catseye beads and and agate (dzi) pendant?

You should make them for other people. :)




Close.. this mala was my first, so each material was chosen carefully.

Amethyst
Blue sandstone instead of catseye
Rose quartz instead of pearl
Hematite instead of lapis
Bone markers
blue marker is a czech lampwork bead, rare and very beautiful
Honey Amber guru bead
bone skull
fossilized wood
agate dzi (sky lotus)

Each piece has significance unto itself and in relation to the whole.

PS I can make them for others as well so long as I can get a feel for the person or the person has in mind what they want.



Ah yes, I can see the 'rose' now I look again.  It's unique and very lovely. :)

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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2010, 03:25:33 pm »
Quote
from hunk to hulk

:lmfao:

oh.

that.

was.

funny.
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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2010, 11:31:02 am »
:lmfao:

oh.

that.

was.

funny.


You lost me. I meant the rose colour of the rose quartz. But hey, if you're happy, I'm happy! LOL :)

I am carefully posting a link here to a seller of malas on eBay. The purpose is so that people can browse through a huge range of wooden and gemstone malas and get a feel for what is possible, combinations of gemstones etc. I have bought from this seller, and maybe it is good to recommend an ethical seller of such important things, but my purpose is only to show what different materials look like without having to trawl over lots of different sites:

http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Lotusmind-Buddhist-Mala-Gem-Jewelry__W0QQ_armrsZ1

If anyone finds the link to be undesirable, I will remove it. ;)



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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2010, 12:03:17 pm »
Hi Yeshe,

Regardin your OP, can you be commissioned to make a mala?

Best,
Laura  :)

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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2010, 12:16:50 pm »
Hi Yeshe,

Regardin your OP, can you be commissioned to make a mala?

Best,
Laura  :)

Sadly, I am far too ham-fisted.  However Ogyen has great skill and may be able to do so.

I can wreck a beautiful mala in minutes by restringing it! LOL :)

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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2010, 12:41:03 pm »
Haha, okay.  OC, can you be comissioned to make a mala?  I would love to have a mala with counter beads in the proper places.  I've been using clip-on counters which are a little clumsy and they fall off.  I don't need anything fancy, just four beads in specific places that will allow for smooth counting.

If not it's okay,  it's just that when you buy malas from Tibet, Nepal, etc. the counter beads are usually not in the place that I need.

But I can always keep searching  :)

Kindly,
Laura

 


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