Author Topic: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)  (Read 35987 times)

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2010, 12:49:18 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

Four?

Most malas from China or Hong Kong have counters at 27 in both directions, and maybe one more in the middle at 54.

Do you mean 21 and 27 in both directions?

Offline Ngawang Drolma

  • Member
  • Posts: 1259
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2010, 01:24:35 pm »
Yeshe, exactly  :)

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2010, 01:29:11 pm »
Yeshe, exactly  :)

You can purchase counters to attach to the mala which have a bell and dorje at the ends to comply with HYT requirements about carrying them with you.  These are on separate threads and can be attached to the main mala at 21 or 27, thus fulfilling a dual function.

Offline humanitas

  • buddha's om-girl
  • Member
  • Posts: 2326
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2010, 01:43:17 pm »
There are several styles of counters and placement depending on tradition.  Tibetan is pretty standard.  I can indeed be commissioned to make a mala.


FYI, if you would like to do it yourself, these are a full instruction on how to make a Tibetan mala from start to finish.

How to Make a Mala Part 1 - Materials and Preparation

How to Make a Mala Part 2 - Beads and Spacers

How to Make a Mala Part 3 - Tying the Knots

How to Make a Mala Part 4 - The Tassel

How to Make a Mala Part 5 - Trim and Finish
This post was made with 100% recycled karma

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2010, 01:48:43 pm »
There are several styles of counters and placement depending on tradition.  Tibetan is pretty standard.  I can indeed be commissioned to make a mala.


FYI, if you would like to do it yourself, these are a full instruction on how to make a Tibetan mala from start to finish.

How to Make a Mala Part 1 - Materials and Preparation
How to Make a Mala Part 2 - Beads and Spacers
How to Make a Mala Part 3 - Tying the Knots
How to Make a Mala Part 4 - The Tassel
How to Make a Mala Part 5 - Trim and Finish


That's really useful.  Should we make this a 'sticky' somewhere, as it is more information than debate?

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #35 on: February 14, 2010, 01:56:04 pm »
There are several styles of counters and placement depending on tradition.  Tibetan is pretty standard.  I can indeed be commissioned to make a mala.


FYI, if you would like to do it yourself, these are a full instruction on how to make a Tibetan mala from start to finish.

How to Make a Mala Part 1 - Materials and Preparation
How to Make a Mala Part 2 - Beads and Spacers
How to Make a Mala Part 3 - Tying the Knots
How to Make a Mala Part 4 - The Tassel
How to Make a Mala Part 5 - Trim and Finish


That's really useful.  Not sure that he uses the number of threads recommended (e.g. 3 or 9) or that he explains how to thread through a 3-hole guru bead , but the basics are correct. Should we make this thread  a 'sticky' somewhere, as it is more information than debate?

Offline heybai

  • Member
  • Posts: 2146
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2010, 09:34:26 pm »
Nice youtube vids.  I watched enough to know I am not going to be making malas -- no longer have the dexterity (if I ever did), but I really like the beads and learning about different types of japa mala beads.

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2010, 10:49:37 am »
Here is another useful resource:

http://www.khandro.net/practice_mala.htm

Offline Chiyo

  • Member
  • Posts: 6
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #38 on: February 22, 2010, 07:46:40 pm »
I make knotted malas out of beautiful rope. They look similar to these and what's great about them is, they're virtually indestructible - you can even put them through the clothes washing machine and dryer (if you're the forgetful kind who forgets to empty your pockets);




Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2010, 03:00:52 am »
I make knotted malas out of beautiful rope. They look similar to these and what's great about them is, they're virtually indestructible - you can even put them through the clothes washing machine and dryer (if you're the forgetful kind who forgets to empty your pockets);






Beautiful in their simplicity.   I tried to buy some like this but they were never delivered. I think this may be one of the earliest forms of sacred  mala.  I seem to remember that they have been used in many faiths.

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2010, 04:00:50 am »
Here is a youth peace organisation which has made use of the inter-faith acceptability of the mala to foster awareness amongst children:

http://www.peacemala.org.uk/index.html

Offline Chiyo

  • Member
  • Posts: 6
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2010, 11:20:05 am »
I'd be glad to send you one, if you like. You can email an address for me to send it to. Right now, I'm making them in mostly bi-colors; in maroon & gold, kelly green & gold, black & white and army camoflauge. But I do have a solid sand color... Years ago, I'd sent one to Lowonthetotem. He can vouch for me.



I make knotted malas out of beautiful rope. They look similar to these and what's great about them is, they're virtually indestructible - you can even put them through the clothes washing machine and dryer (if you're the forgetful kind who forgets to empty your pockets);






Beautiful in their simplicity.   I tried to buy some like this but they were never delivered. I think this may be one of the earliest forms of sacred  mala.  I seem to remember that they have been used in many faiths.

Yeshe

  • Guest
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2010, 11:35:22 am »
I'd be glad to send you one, if you like. You can email an address for me to send it to. Right now, I'm making them in mostly bi-colors; in maroon & gold, kelly green & gold, black & white and army camoflauge. But I do have a solid sand color... Years ago, I'd sent one to Lowonthetotem. He can vouch for me.



I make knotted malas out of beautiful rope. They look similar to these and what's great about them is, they're virtually indestructible - you can even put them through the clothes washing machine and dryer (if you're the forgetful kind who forgets to empty your pockets);






Beautiful in their simplicity.   I tried to buy some like this but they were never delivered. I think this may be one of the earliest forms of sacred  mala.  I seem to remember that they have been used in many faiths.



That would be wonderful.  Thank you. I'll PM and you can tell me how to cover your costs or donate to a charity. :)

Offline Chiyo

  • Member
  • Posts: 6
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2010, 11:42:20 am »

That would be wonderful.  Thank you. I'll PM and you can tell me how to cover your costs or donate to a charity. :)


Don't forget to tell me what color you want.  :wink1:

Offline humanitas

  • buddha's om-girl
  • Member
  • Posts: 2326
    • View Profile
Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2010, 04:53:49 pm »
I'm sure there are several of you here that make malas!  Let's share pictures and ideas here! 

:headbow:

My first mala attempt


Waves- simple wrist prayer beads-- materials: seashells/resin filled, turquoise spacers












Quarter Mala - pure fire agate, silver spacers - 27 beads


























« Last Edit: April 15, 2010, 07:30:53 pm by 0gyen Chodzom »
This post was made with 100% recycled karma

 


SimplePortal 2.3.3 © 2008-2010, SimplePortal