108 Mala Beads

How to Use 108 Mala Beads in Your Meditation Practice?

In Tibetan Buddhism, the use of mala beads is an essential aspect of meditation and prayer. The number 108 is considered sacred and significant in Tibetan culture, with many spiritual and cosmic connections.

The mala beads are traditionally made of natural materials such as wood, bone, seeds, or gemstones. Each material holds unique properties and energies, which can enhance the meditation practice.

During meditation, we hold the mala beads in our right hand, with our thumb and middle finger resting on the beads. We start at the guru bead, which represents the student-teacher relationship and the ultimate realization of the self, and move through the 108 beads while reciting a mantra or intention.

The repetition of the mantra and the physical touch of the beads have a calming and grounding effect on the mind and body. The beads' tactile sensation helps to focus the mind and bring awareness to the present moment, reducing distracting thoughts and emotions.

The repetition of the mantra is also a form of prayer or positive affirmation. By reciting the mantra, we create positive vibrations and send out blessings and positive energy to the world.

In Tibetan Buddhism, we use different mantras for different purposes, depending on the desired outcome. For example, the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" is used to invoke the blessings of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, while the mantra "Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Padme Siddhi Hung" is used for protection and purification.

The use of mala beads in meditation and prayer is not only beneficial for spiritual growth, but also for psychological well-being. The repetitive motion and sound of the mantra have a soothing effect on the mind, reducing stress and anxiety and promoting a sense of inner peace.

How to chant mantra Om Mani Padme Hum while using 108 mala beads?

To chant the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum  while using 108 mala beads, follow these steps:

  1. Find a quiet and peaceful place where you can sit comfortably and meditate.
  2. Hold the mala beads in your right hand, with your thumb and middle finger resting on the beads. Begin at the guru bead, which represents the teacher-student relationship and the ultimate realization of the self.
  3. Take a deep breath and set your intention for the practice.
  4. Recite the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" while moving your thumb to the next bead. Repeat the mantra on each bead until you have completed the full circle of 108 beads. If you wish to continue the practice, you can reverse the direction of the beads and repeat the mantra in the opposite direction.
  5. Focus your attention on the sound and vibration of each syllable. Allow the mantra to fill your mind and heart, and imagine the blessings and positive energy flowing through your body.
  6. If your mind wanders or becomes distracted, gently bring your focus back to the mantra and the sensation of the beads in your hand.
  7. Once you have completed the 108 repetitions, take a moment to sit in stillness and allow the energy and vibration of the mantra to settle within you.
  8. When you are ready, slowly and mindfully release the mala beads from your hand.
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