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April 10, 2023 1 min read

Since DharmaShop has specialized most in Tibetan Buddhism since 1999, the number 108 best represents the 108 temptations, or obstacles, en route to achieving Nirvana.

However, there are actually many different theories about why mala beads have 108 beads. Some believe that since the number 108 is sacred in many religions and cultures, that it represents the wholeness of existence. Others believe that the number 108 is related to the cycles of the moon and the sun.

One popular theory is that the number 108 is related to the Sanskrit alphabet. The Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters, and each letter has a masculine and feminine form. This means that there are 108 possible combinations of letters.

Another theory is that the number 108 is related to the human body. The human body is said to have 108 energy channels, or nadis. When you meditate with a mala, you are said to be clearing and balancing these energy channels.

Ultimately, the number 108 is a symbol of wholeness and completion. When you use a mala for meditation, you are using a tool that can help you to connect with your inner self and achieve a state of peace and tranquility.

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