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December 07, 2023 2 min read

The Malas Worn by the Dalai Lama Exploring the Spiritual Significance


The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most respected religious figures in the world. He is often seen wearing a mala, a type of prayer beads used for meditation and chanting. But what are the different types of malasworn by the Dalai Lama, and what is their significance?

Tiger Eye Mala

The Tiger Eye Mala is one of the most common malas worn by the Dalai Lama. Tiger eye is a stone that represents strength, protection, and grounding energy. It is believed to help balance the first three chakras, which are associated with physical health, security, and creativity.

The Dalai Lama has worn a tiger eye mala on many occasions, including during public appearances and teachings. For example, he wore a tiger eye mala during his visit to the United States in 2010.

Bodhi Seed Mala

The Bodhi Seed Mala is another popular choice for the Dalai Lama. Bodhi seeds come from the bodhi tree, which is the tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodhi seed malas are considered to be very auspicious and are often used for meditation and prayer.  DharmaShop has sourced authentic and ethical Bodhi Seed Malas since 1999.

Dark Bodhi Seed Mala

The Dalai Lama has been seen wearing a bodhi seed mala on several occasions, such as during his visit to India in 2012.

Rudraksha Seed Mala

The Rudraksha Seed Mala is made from the seeds of the rudraksha tree, which is native to India. Rudraksha seeds are believed to have a variety of benefits, including promoting meditation, improving concentration, and reducing stress.

Aged Dark Rudraksha Beads

The Dalai Lama has been seen wearing a rudraksha seed mala on several occasions, such as during his visit to Nepal in 2014.

Sandalwood Mala

The Sandalwood Mala is made from sandalwood, a fragrant wood that is often used in religious and spiritual practices. Sandalwood malas are believed to promote peace, tranquility, and relaxation.

Spiritual Scents Sandalwood Mala

The Dalai Lama has been seen wearing a sandalwood mala on several occasions, such as during his visit to Bhutan in 2016.

The Importance of Malas

Malas are an important part of Buddhist practice. They are used for meditation, chanting, and counting mantras. The Dalai Lama has spoken about the importance of malas on several occasions, stating that they can help us to focus our minds and connect with our inner selves.

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