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Postby kgod86 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:05 pm

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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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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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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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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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