Tibetan Yak Bone Mala

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  • Bone beads allow us to reflect upon the Buddhist teachings of impermanence.  They serve as a reminder to live in the present moment; because nothing is permanent, everything is possible.
  • This antique-style 108 bead mala is made with naturally dyed yak bone beads that are inlaid with pieces of turquoise, coral, copper and brass.
  • It features a unique turquoise guru bead along with traditional style bell and dorje mala counters.

In the Himalayas, it is typical for large animals such as yak or water buffalo to be used for service, food, clothing, and ritual items.  Given the limited amount of resources and the religious practices of the people in the region, it is important that none of the animal goes to waste.  These amazing bone beads are handcrafted by artisans who recycle and reuse everything in daily life and spiritual practice.

Mala measures approximately 28 inches around.  Beads are about 12-13mm.  Made in Nepal.

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A DharmaShop Customer
United States United States

Great mala.

Beautiful mala. As it was mentioned before, it's on the heavy side but I like the weight. My only issue is that some of the beads are thinner than the rest but it's not a big deal.

julio g.
United States United States

The best beautiful pizes lovet

The best beautiful pizes lovet thanks

Alejandro G.
United States

Great product

A little on the heavy side , after using smaller stone malas. Overall is a great product. I’m very happy with it.

Nathan P.
United States United States

Not what is pictured.

I should have known better but I took a chance. What arrived was similar to but far inferior to what is pictured. Many beads were stuck together, the center bead was two pieces of bamboo glued together and heavily coated in red paint, and multiple beads were not completely dyed leaving bright white bone. This was a bait and switch.

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Hello Nathan, thanks so much for taking the time to share these images and feedback. Overall each item in our collection is completely handmade so they can vary slightly in color, shape etc. We find this to be a wonderful reminder that your mala is as unique and one of a kind as the artisan who crafted it! With that said, we would not want you to have a mala that is damaged, and I am sorry to hear that this style arrived in such manner. Know that I have reached out via email about the guru detail and we are happy to help with a replacement or refund. I hope this information is helpful! Thanks again for your feedback and support of Himalayan artisans.

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