Bone and Skull Impermanence Mala

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  • I have never had such strong positive reactions to a mala before.  I sold one of these right off my neck at a Starbucks one morning.  I wear this mala often and get comments all day long!
  • Made in Nepal, it features 108 naturally stained water buffalo bone beads with hand carved bone skull beads.
  • This mala serves as a powerful reminder to be here now and to live in the present moment; because nothing is permanent, everything is possible.

My Buddhist practice revolves around impermanence.  We live only in the present moment and it is helpful to remember that nothing lasts.  Skulls are featured prominently in Tibetan symbolism and many of our DharmaShop customers are fond of this reminder that nothing lasts forever.

A note about bone beads:  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 36 inches around.  Beads are about 10mm.  Skull spacers are 10mm by 12mm.

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Andrew Y.
United States United States
Seriously cool mala.

I purchased the bone and skull impermanence mala for myself and I couldn’t be happier. The quality of the materials is outstanding, and I plan on making many more purchases from Dharma Shop!

Trevor H.
Canada Canada

Beautiful quality, moves well through your hands when used during meditation - feel a different strength I have never felt before while wearing it.

Charles M.
United States
Bone and Skull Mala

Very well made and shipping was surprisingly fast. I am honestly enjoying this more had I had imagined.

Sean P.
Beautiful with great energy

This is a beautiful mala and I am extremely pleased that I chose it, although in part I felt it chose me. The finish is wonderful and the weight on my body is solid. The beads are smooth and soft with a luster that is radiant. I very much enjoy the skulls that are throughout as well. It is a beautiful reminder of the impermanence that it is created to represent. I have received many comments on it’s beauty and radiance and have comfort in wearing it as its weight upon me helps me stay in the moment. The craftsmanship is beautiful, the design is brilliant, and the peace from it is wonderful. A truly wonderful piece of artistry that I am grateful to wear on my path. Namaste to the artists.

Dharma Shop

Hello Sean, thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are so happy to hear that this mala has provided a strong reminder of impermanence, and we appreciate your support in Himalayan artisans! If you have found that your mala has worn prematurely, please feel free to contact us at and we would be happy to restring the mala for you. Thanks again for your feedback, and Happy Holidays!

Cassandra S.
Beautiful Bone and Skull Mala

I love the workmanship of this mala and the feel of the beads. The skull beads are awesome reminders of the impermanence of life. Looking forward to wearing this mala over the years.

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