nameless wrote:I don't believe I've heard about Theravada meditation involving beads. From what I've heard it's a Mahayana thing, they chant something then move a bead, so they know when they reach the tassel again they've done 108 chants.
They're still used in Myanmar by devout Theravadins. This I witnessed myself.
Yep. Ajahn Sumedho often speaks of using the mantra Buddho with mala beads.
“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19