108 mala beads

Mala Necklace

Mala Necklace, Buddhist Necklace, Mala Bead Necklace

Buddhist prayer beads, or mala beads, are for keeping count of mantra recitations, for meditation, yoga, prayer & reflection.
We design & craft a selection of 108 malas with genuine gemstone healing beads neatly finished with end beads or a hand made tassel.
Traditionally for chanting mantra these long prayer necklace maybe “worn” around the neck or wrapped around the wrist.
If you plan to wear your 108 mala, we make 3 lengths of mala bead necklace.

Why 108 Beads in a Mala?

Beaded malas have 108 beads; in Buddhism 108 is an auspicious number as there are 108 impure thoughts or defilements (known as kleshas).
Also, after chanting 100 mantras 8 extra mantras are chanted to allow for any that were chanted when concentration lapsed. The guru bead (the larger 3 holed bead) is not counted.
Tibetan prayer beads often have counter beads at 27 bead intervals to aid the mantra counting process (this is why some of our mala necklaces have 111 beads … 108 beads + 3 counter beads = 111 beads)