I love this Bodhi Compassion Mala as well very authentic feel and I love the scent on it.
Overall: Fine. Easy transaction, fast shipping, well packaged blah blah blah... But let's get down to brass-tax: These are serious beads. Weighty, beautiful; just to hold them is a responsibility in-and-of itself. Unless you're seriously idiotic I wouldn't even consider these for any sort of ornamental or fashionable purpose. Yes, you might look "cool" like what's-his-face... But face facts: You'd just be a poseur and -- worse yet! -- you might do some serious damage to yourself on a psychic level* *(and if you don't believe such things, there is your answer.) At any rate: To wear and use these is to connect to a tradition that connects us to the very origins of what it means to be human (while at the same time transcending that humanness.) Ergo: It can be formidable (even scary) as it forces us to confront our very nature. And for that we should be grateful. Equally, I am grateful for Dharmashop for their making these available, as well the overall work they do. IMPORTANT NOTE: I had to cleanse these with white sage before incorporating them with my practice. Not for any weird mojo or any some such, but because they were indeed "heavy" when I began including them in my meditation; could have been the "weight" of travel, or any number of things. But once they were cleared, they've proven an excellent tool in my daily practice.
I did not expect the beads to have such a full size to them. I’m used to smaller beads, such as 8mm, but these are significantly larger. While the size was originally something I was concerned about, I’ve found these to be my favorite mala so far. They are very much a statement because of their size, but it’s something I wear proudly. I’ve also found that the larger beads make me feel closer to my practice. And the fact that money goes back to Tibet is a feel good. Absolutely would recommend these.
This Mala has such beauty. The Bodhi beads are nicely colored and sized. It is wonderful to count these sized beads for mantras. This Mala makes you feel connected with the mantras you recite. I can’t say enough how much I love this Mala! Again, another wonderful piece that DharmaShop offers.