Tibetan Mala Beads
(also known as Tibetan Prayer Beads or Buddhist Prayer Beads)
Tibetan mala beads, or prayer beads, are used to count mantra recitations while helping to focus concentration and mindful awareness.
The goal is to feel the beads with the fingers, recite the mantra and visualise a positive image or deity at the same time – involving body, speech & mind.
108 Mala Beads & Mala Necklace
Buddhist Prayer Beads are made with 108 beads; there are 108 defilements (also known as afflictions or impure thoughts) as taught by the Buddha. After reciting 100 mantras eight extra mantras are recited to allow for any that were chanted when concentration lapsed.
Tibetan mala beads often have counter beads at 27 bead intervals to aid the counting process.
This is why some of our malas have 111 beads :
108 beads + 3 counter beads = 111 beads
Please note: the guru bead is not counted during mantra recitation.
Our wrist mala bracelets are made with:
27 beads (4 rounds of a 27 bead wrist mala equates to 108)
18 beads (6 rounds of an 18 bead wrist mala equates to 108)
21 beads (for Green Tara mantra & flower offering mantra)