Can I make my own mala beads?
Start and complete one entire side of mala: add 18 beads and 18 knots then add one counter bead and one knot. Continue with 36 more beads and 36 knots, which will put you exactly at ½ of the mala. Add one counter bead and a knot (this is the center counter bead and will be at the base of the neck).
Is it disrespectful to wear mala beads?
The usage of mālā beads is not taboo when they are being used as meditation tools and not simply as cute jewelry. When we use mālā beads for their intended purpose, we avoid the usage of them being appropriated or taboo.
Is it OK to wear Buddhist prayer beads?
Buddhists do not always wear their beads, some actually prefer to keep them to themselves and use them only for meditation and prayer. Some Buddhists actually prefer to wear their Mala and see other people wearing them as a good thing, as it all draws more attention to Buddhism and helps people to remain aware.
What is the tassel on mala beads for?
Mala Beads are commonly finished with a tassel, often made of silk or cotton. The tassel represents connection to spirit, or your highest truth. Tassels are not only beautiful and meaningful, they can also serve a secondary purpose of diffusing your favorite essential oils.
How do I become Buddhist?
Yes, anyone can become a Buddhist. You will need to take refuge in the Triple Gem and follow a ceremony during which you take a vow to uphold the Five Precepts (to not kill, not steal, not commit sexual misconduct, refrain from false speech and not take intoxicants that lessen your awareness).
Why 108 is a sacred number?
Rae notes that renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.