Inlaid Bone Impermanence Mala

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  • 108 bead mala featuring hand carved yak bone beads that are inlaid with pieces of turquoise, coral, brass and copper with magnesite skull spacers.  Each bead is unique!
  • The skull in Buddhism is often recognized as a symbol of impermanence.  This, along with 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.

In the Himalayas, it is typical for large animals such as yak or water buffalo to be used for service, food, clothing, utensils, 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 30 inches around with an adjustable knot.  Beads are about 8mm.  Made in Nepal.

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Patrick O.
United States United States
Amazing purchase!

The second I unwrapped this Mala from the beautiful lokta paper it was wrapped in, I knew that it was well made and that it was crafted by someone who cares, using quality materials. I love the little skulls! This is my first Mala from Dharma shop, and I’m not disappointed!

Geoffrey D.
United States United States
Absolutely beautiful and perfect

I bought this necklace and three bracelets all of which I absolutely adore. I can’t say enough about all four pieces! They came beautifully packaged and were the perfect custom fit that I requested and I love them so much!! I’m actually considering another order now. Unfortunately two of the bracelets snapped unexpectedly this week. This was devastating to me, one night while on a walk my turquoise and pyrite bracelet then the very next morning my mastodon rudraksha :( I would love to know what I can do about this? TY so much for everything so far!

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Hello Geoffrey, thanks so much for reaching out to us and taking the time to share your feedback! We are so happy to hear that your malas have become a great addition to your collection, and we are happy to assist in anyway. Restringing can happen, and it is considered an important part of your practice. If you ever experience premature wear with any DharmaShop design, never hesitate to reach out to us via email at and our Customer Service Manager: Alex can assist further! I hope this information is helpful! Thanks again for your inquiry and support!

Derek L.
United States United States
A Mala with a decent weight to it

I recently bought the Inlaid Bone Impermanence Mala. I like how it's not too big ,but just the right size.It also has a decent weight to it. Again the quality is good, just like their other products. Thanks again Dharma Shop.

Derek S.
United States United States
Inspiring Piece

Im really digging this mala. It is very well made. The tiny skulls are flawless. It reminds me to be more grounded and gracious.

Robert R.
United States United States
Beautiful in form and functional

This mala is fantastic. My most recent mala was a bodhi seed one that received millions of recitations and was worn out. Once the guru bead broke, it was time for a new one. At just over 5,000 recitations, this mala is functioning beautifully and with great comfort -- it is certainly magnificent to see, but also just as wonderful to use.

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