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Seik Badi

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:08 pm

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with Seik Badi? Mala use in Theravada both interests and confuses me, and any input on the subject would be much appreciated.


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Re: Seik Badi

Postby cooran » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:55 pm

Hello PSS,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu-Budd ... #Seik_badi

They seem to be Burmese and used to keep track of mantra recitations in Samatha meditation.
I'm not certain how widespread their use is in other Theravadan countries.


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Re: Seik Badi

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:41 am

cooran wrote:Hello PSS,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu-Budd ... #Seik_badi

They seem to be Burmese and used to keep track of mantra recitations in Samatha meditation.
I'm not certain how widespread their use is in other Theravadan countries.


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Thank you for your reply, Chris. I had read that, but I was under the impression that Theravada didn't really use Mantra's. So I'm curious as to how this came to be/how exactly the mantras are used and which one(s) are/is used.


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Re: Seik Badi

Postby bodhigrind » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:43 am

I also was pretty confused what the Theravada perspective was on malas and mantra beads like Seik Badi.

I found this page informative
http://www.usamyanmar.net/Buddha/Articl ... beads1.pdf

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Re: Seik Badi

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:15 am

bodhigrind wrote:I also was pretty confused what the Theravada perspective was on malas and mantra beads like Seik Badi.

I found this page informative
http://www.usamyanmar.net/Buddha/Articl ... beads1.pdf

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Thanks, Bodhigrind - Interesting, and very much on-topic!

PsychedelicSunSet, it looks like those mantra practices have some Hindu inspiration. At the very least, it's clear that they are not pure orthodox Theravada as we understand it.
I'm not sure of the situation in Burma, but ven Gavesako has been exploring the little-known tantric side of SE Asian Buddhism in a long thread at http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10503 which may be of interest to you.

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Re: Seik Badi

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:17 am

As far as I understand their use, they are just used as a counting device. Nothing to do with mantras, unless you think that reciting "May all beings be happy" or "Itipi so bhagava..." is a mantra.

The PDF explains it well.
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