Malas (literally "garland") are used by Buddhists and others for mantra-repetition & meditation. They can be made from various types of wood (sandalwood, agarwood, cedarwood), seeds (bodhiseed, rudraksha, etc.), metals (gold, silver, copper), precious & semi-precious stones. There are full-sized malas (108 beads in general) or wrist-malas (often 21 or 27 beads).
Among those who believe in the special powers stones, tiger-eye is believed to have healing powers. In particular, tiger-eye appears to help regulate the digestive system. Perhaps because of their association with tigers, they are said to help develop confidence & promote prosperity & protection. Compared to regular tiger-eye, red tiger-eye has a dark reddish hue to it.GET IT HERE
Jasper is said to sustain & support in times of stress, bringing tranquility & wholeness. Jasper provides protection & absorbs negative energy. It is believed to balance the masculine & feminine energies within us. Some people also believe that jasper clears electromagnetic & environmental pollution. Each strand of this jasper mala is strikingly unique as each of the individual beads has their own shade, hue & even color. The overall green color of this mala makes it a great support for your Tara practices!
Black onyx is associated with the dispelling of apathy, stress & depression. It is used to change habits – especially those that are very strong & destructive. Particularly in vajrayana practice, its color connects it with wrathful practices. Our black onyx mala includes three clear quartz spacer-beads, highlighted with metal rings.
From ancient times, carnelian has been considered as a stone that grounds and anchors its wearer. Carnelian is excellent for restoring vitality, motivation, and inspiring creativity. Its bold, almost red color relates to positive life choices, the dispelling of apathy, and motivation for the highest good. For vajrayana Buddhists, the color of carnelian connects it with both attracting and enriching practices. Suitable for Vajrayogini, Kurukulle and Amitabha practices.GET IT HERE
The conch shell is one of the 8 auspicious symbols. It symbolizes great power & strength in truthful speech. It is thus a great support for all mantra practice as mantras embody the underlying reality of all phenomena. The color of this mala makes it a great choice for practices for bringing about inner & outer peace, harmony & centering. The 3 lapis spacer-beads further accentuate the visual effect of this mala as well as adding healing energy to this calming mala.GET IT HERE
Citrine is said to promote qualities of light-heartedness, joy & happiness and is said to enhance creativity. In the context of vajrayana, its yellow hue makes it particularly auspicious for the Jewel/Ratna practices of enhancement, abundance & growth. Wearers of citrine have also noticed that during times of moderate stress, it seems to help realign one's energies back into balance. It is a gentle, warm & reassuring mala for sure!GET IT HERE
Among the different quartzes, amethyst with its violet color is believed to enhance patience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos, promote clarity & help keep one grounded. In fact, Greek mythology associates amethyst with clarity & sobriety - even making wine cups out of amethyst! Gemstone theory assigns it to the months of February and it is considered one of the five "cardinal gemstones" of the Old World.GET IT HERE
Vajrayana Buddhists in Tibet, Nepal, India, Bhutan, China & other places often use malas of the same color as the body-color of the deities practiced. As such, this mala is perfect for Medicine Buddha practices that promote healing, good health & deliverance from inner & outer sickness. In this mala, we have added 3 lapis spacer-beads to enhance it's healing properties. We particularly like the "baby-blue" hue of this mala & we think you will agree!GET IT HERE
Agate is known for its grounding & balancing properties & is believed to enhance mental focus. Red agate is believed to cleanse & stabilize one's energy & considered to have the power to remove & transform negative energy. The red in this mala makes it suitable for magnetizing, charming and controlling mantra practices.GET IT HERE
Agate is said to enhance mental focus. In particular, black agate is said to offer protection against physical harm originating from psychic threats & to also strengthen courage. In the vajrayana context, this mala is suitable for wrathful practices. Agate is also connected with the mysterious "dzi" stones prized by Tibetans as a personal protector & enhancer of good-luck!
Our garnet mala is one of our most regal & impressive malas both in terms of the look, feel & energetic level of the stone. Garnet encourages vitality & strengths. It has been prized for its power in raising & directing the flow of energy. Garnet symbolizes fire & courage. Archaeological points to the use of garnet since the Bronze Age. It is also the birthstone for January.GET IT HERE
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