Bodhi seed beads can be used for counting all types of mantras as well as other prayers. These dark-speckled seed beads have special meaning for all seekers of divine wisdom. "Bodhi" in Sanskrit means enlightenment; as an "enlightened" seed, many practitioners use these malas for their essence and inherent teachings within each seed.
Thai monks make these beads as well as little ceramic Buddha amulets to sell in order to support their Wats (temples). Each bead is molded by hand with a simple Buddha image and are then colored and blessed. The 24 karat gold leaf is added during the blessing ceremony. The gold will wear off in time and with use; this is considered to be a visual representation of the growth of your practice.
Stretchy wrist mala is available in two sizes: Small measures about 6.5 inches around, Large is about 7.25 inches around. Beads are 13-14mm.
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