Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

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Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby kimjihoon5924 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:48 pm

Hello, I have recently purchased a 14 bead Bodhichitta Bodhiseed wrist mala in Nepal. In Korea 14 bead represents the 14 fearlessness of Kwaneum (Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig). Can I use my 14 bead mala for mantra recitations instead of 108? Thank you.

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Re: Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby emaho » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:30 pm

Hi,

I don't know if there are rules for that, but from a practical point of view I'd find it very distracting if I had to turn around so often when I'm reaching the Buddha bead, especially when practicing a short Mantra like that of Chenrezig. :shrug:
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Re: Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby ClearblueSky » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:40 pm

kimjihoon5924 wrote:Hello, I have recently purchased a 14 bead Bodhichitta Bodhiseed wrist mala in Nepal. In Korea 14 bead represents the 14 fearlessness of Kwaneum (Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig). Can I use my 14 bead mala for mantra recitations instead of 108? Thank you.

Sure. If you're trying to keep track of specific large numbers a longer mala is obviously easier, but you can use a 14 bead mala.

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Re: Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby Mantrik » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:25 pm

Yes. It only makes a difference if you are trying to keep count, in which case, 27, 54 and 108 is easier.
I have some malas with 18, the Lohans.
Just get stuck in and enjoy it! :)
If you find that you want to count, just restring and add some suitable beads to it.

(A 'search' of other threads about 'malas' will give you details about materials. )
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Re: Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby Nebetmiw » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:54 am

I use one for my mantra for Kwan Yin counts. So Yes you can and it works great for doing quarter and half counts in day.

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Re: Can we use Bodhichitta Bodhi seed wrist mala for mantras?

Postby Nyedrag Yeshe » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:29 am

kimjihoon5924 wrote:Hello, I have recently purchased a 14 bead Bodhichitta Bodhiseed wrist mala in Nepal. In Korea 14 bead represents the 14 fearlessness of Kwaneum (Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig). Can I use my 14 bead mala for mantra recitations instead of 108? Thank you.

One interesting thing you might consider, is that many tibetans use small malas in order to track and count the number of prostrations! They are easier to keep in hand while prostrating!
An interesting thing, considering koreans also, like tibetans do, like very much to do many prostration practices!
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