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Re: MALAS (PRAYER BEADS)
« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2010, 05:09:09 pm »
FYI

we have a "DIY Making your own practice tools" subforum in the Buddhist Practice Forum.  I would love if you shared some pictures of your work with us there!  I think it would be a great place for all the tools related to one's practice.  I make most of my own tools, and have a strong appreciation of the mindfulness that goes into crafting a piece for one's own practice.  It's like every choice I make in making the actual physical object, from concept to form, has strong personal meaning, thereby strengthening the intimate familiarity with the meditation practice.

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« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2010, 10:08:47 pm »
These are beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

Is this a new section? Groovy.

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« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2010, 10:51:10 pm »
Wow, getting pretty fancy with this mala stuff huh Ogyen!  :cheesy:

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« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2010, 01:14:35 am »
Ogyen,

Do you have any instructions on how to make them?   :namaste:

[EDIT] Doh, I just saw your other post......thanks!!  <3
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« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2010, 01:55:54 am »
I like the fire agate. And the size. Is there a specific guru bead?

I have several gemstone malas but right now I'm sticking with small bodhiseed as I have lots of mantra practice to do (100,000 each of several mantras) and need something light and smooth.

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« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2010, 08:47:42 am »
The fire agate has an "honorary" guru bead, not a dedicated one.  That is the darker agate bead before the three lighter beads.  In the last picture, where it's being worn, you'll see the "guru" bead as that one dark on at bottom in the front.  I have it marked by color instead of size.  So the three starter beads for mantras are the ones between the veiny agate.

It's not a typical mala, but suits what I use it for.  Really I just have to know where the guru bead is.  I was thinking of just adding a little marker, like a counter or something in that spot.

It's also an unorthodox stringing, as it's a shoe lace.  It's not the typical 3-5-9 strings to string a mala.  It's a bit customized.  Clearly if I was making the mala for someone else, I'd do everything proper for them... LOL

I like the fire agate. And the size. Is there a specific guru bead?

I have several gemstone malas but right now I'm sticking with small bodhiseed as I have lots of mantra practice to do (100,000 each of several mantras) and need something light and smooth.
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« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2010, 06:03:28 pm »
Ogyen, lets say you were to make me one.... how much would that cost????  :wink1:
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« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2010, 04:31:16 am »
I wouldn't worry too much about the number of strands in the thread.

I've met lots of monks and thier malas, including ones I have bought from them, seem to be strung on a piece of rough string.

I have also asked them about the need to turn the mala round when the counting reaches the Guru/Mt. Meru bead.  They all said that they don't bother about it.  I still turn the mala round, though, as if it isn't knotted between each bead, the beads bunch up. ;)

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« Reply #53 on: March 04, 2010, 02:19:54 pm »
Ogyen, lets say you were to make me one.... how much would that cost????  :wink1:

PM me, let me know, we'll talk.

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« Reply #54 on: March 08, 2010, 06:45:22 pm »
Latest mala (took apart my first and 2nd (sandalwood) and combined them into my daily at-home mala.

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Worn around neck wrapped three times:






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« Reply #55 on: March 08, 2010, 10:58:19 pm »
OC, all of those are so gorgeous!   :jinsyx:

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« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2010, 10:26:19 am »
I love MAKING them!  

I'm making Matt our Global Moderator one out of his favorite stone, I'll post pictures when it's done!  It might be a few weeks as I'm still waiting for some beads to ship to me from China.   :cheesy:

I'm excited~!
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« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2010, 01:28:08 pm »
OC can you be commissioned for mala making?

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« Reply #58 on: March 09, 2010, 02:04:08 pm »
Latest mala (took apart my first and 2nd (sandalwood) and combined them into my daily at-home mala.

Some detail photos:




















Worn around neck wrapped three times:









Green sandalwood smells of India.  I love it! :)

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« Reply #59 on: March 09, 2010, 05:59:19 pm »
OC can you be commissioned for mala making?

I sure can!  I love making them and I've been in a major creative spurt so I've been in the making mode!  Here's the deal, this is a fun hobby of mine, and I'm not making them for money, just for people, so what I've found works out ok is you tell me what you want, I'll shop around a little bit and find what meets what you'd like and then I'll send the finished mala to you, and once you receive it, you can choose to donate (if you want) an amount of your choosing via PayPal that makes you comfortable and we'll call it even.  Whatever the amount is donated it will go towards my family's moving-funds.  Consider also that it could be a month from the time you commissioned it to the time you receive it.  I also work fullest-time and have full-time mommy things to do.  Plus I order the beads according to the person asking for the mala so that can take a few weeks for shipping, etc.  

Let me know if that is something you're interested in, and consider that I only make a mala so you can USE it!  I hate it when a good mala sits around with no use to it!  It's like so much precious mantra time or meditation time is lost without a nice mala to ground you in your practice.  So I'm not exactly spitting them out in tens of thousands, just one here and there.  That way they're really personalized to the person.  They're meant to be handled daily!  I want you to love using it every day, a beautiful mala (even if it's just plain knotted silk and wood beads) is something that inspires one to breathe with it every day (if you're the mala-using kind) so I'll also make it super durable and out of the best materials I can find.  It's the only standard I make them by.  

I realized how much the feel of your mala needs to resonate with you once I remade my daily mala, the one above.  Since then it's just been with me constantly.  I just stop here and there and count breaths, or recite a little green tara here or a little refuge prayer there.  It's like my shirt, it's on my person almost all the time.  So of course, I make them to be durable as heck!  

PS- I have 10mm sandalwood beads right now, a whole bunch of new gems coming in, PM me, we'll talk about what you'd like in terms of materials (from string to beads), size (of mala/beads), colors (and gemstones if you believe stones have energy), style of mala (tibetan, or other styles, there are several), portability (lightweight, heavyduty) etc.


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