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Re: Question On Meditation Beads

Postby nameless » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:07 pm

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.

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Re: Question On Meditation Beads

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:07 pm

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.
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Re: Question On Meditation Beads

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:51 pm

Hello kgod86,

I, myself, use a sandalwood mala which I wear around my neck and a wrist mala of olive. To me there's nothing mystical about them; they are just tools for concentration and reflection that I find especially useful when I'm tired. They are completely extra canonical so don't go looking for a scriptural basis in the Tipitaka but I find them useful nonetheless. Metta.

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Re: Question On Meditation Beads

Postby bodom » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:46 pm

Ben wrote:
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.

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To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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