Mandala Beads

Mandala Beads

How to Offer a Mandala with Mala Beads

Mala & Mudra: a powerful method for accumulating merit

Mandala Offering

A traditional Buddhist practice is to offer a mandala. There are different ways to offer a mandala, here we describe how to offer a mandala mudra using prayer beads around the hands. It is a powerful method for accumulating positive merit, receiving realisations and achieving ultimate happiness.
Offering a mandala symbolically offers the entire universe to the field of merit.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as circle.
The Tibetan word for mandala is kyil-kor:
~ kyil means ‘essence’ or ‘centre’
~ kor means ‘taking hold of’
The essence you take hold of is the path to enlightenment, the cause is merit and the result is enlightenment.

Mala & Mudra:


Loosely wrap your mala beads around both hands and interlock fingers as shown below

Step 1 - mala beads around both hands


Bring your fore fingers (1st fingers) towards you & fold over your middle fingers (2nd fingers)

Step 2 - fold middle fingers


Bring your thumbs over & press the tips of your smallest fingers (4th fingers)

Step 3 - bring thumbs over


Bring your ring fingers together (3rd fingers) & point in an upwards direction

Step 4 - bring ring fingers together
Merit Field

The Merit Field


Imagine you are offering the entire universe to the merit field. Offer everything; worlds, planets, desires, possessions and all objects of attachment. Visualise the offerings as precious, made of the best quality materials. According to the Abhidharma – ancient Buddhist texts, the universe is made up of Mount Meru in the centre with four surrounding continents. The 2 ring fingers in the centre represent Mount Meru & the four crossed fingers represent the four continents.


Short Mandala Offering

“This ground, anointed with perfume, strewn with flowers,
Adorned with Mount Meru, the four continents, the sun and the moon,
I imagine this as a Buddhafield and offer it;
May all sentient beings enjoy this Pure Land.”

“Sa zhi pö kyi jug shing me tog tram
Ri rab ling zhi nyi dä gyän pa di
Sang gyä zhing du mig te ül wa yi
Dro kün nam dag zhing la chö par shog”

Idam Guru Ratna Mandalakam Niryatayami


Dedicate the positive energy & merit created by your offering to the benefit of all beings.

May you be filled with loving kindness

May you be filled with loving kindness