Traditional Himalayan Bone Mala

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  • This 108 bead mala is handmade in Nepal with water buffalo bone beads and traditional Tibetan spacer beads.
  • 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.
  • Each vintage style spacer bead is made of brass and inlaid with pieces of turquoise and coral.

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 30 inches around.  Bone beads are about 10-11mm, Tibetan beads are about 16mm.

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Karl T.

my introduction to impermanence

I bought a mala bead necklace made of bones, and was informed (by Dharma Shop, I think) that this material would help me focus on impermanence. At this I was somewhat taken aback. I was doing well accustoming myself to mortality and now this? You can find them listed as synonyms, but they're not the same. With mortality --poof-- you vanish from this realm. From day to day, impermanence is much harder to track. The accumulated signs of aging go almost unnoticed day-to-day, but if you look back six months, a year, longer, it's easy to see IMPERMANENCE being written in capital letters. Of course even a necklace made of semi-precious stones is relatively impermanent. The cord be broken, some of the stones lost. So impermanence touches virtually everywhere. The beds are beautiful. I use them nearly everyday. Each bead is unique, but just try memorizing what makes them different! The beads arrived with unexpected swiftness. I am completely satisfied. Today I will try sitting with the beads and chanting om while in the same room with my wife's two parakeets. The little dinosaurs have been taking more notice of me lately. Will they like chanting? Karl Bellevue, WA



Hi Karl, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! The Himalayan Bone Beads purchased are a wonderful reminder to live in the present moment; because nothing is permanent, everything is possible! It sounds like they have become a great addition to your (and your Parakeet friends!) daily life, and we appreciate your support of artisans in the Himalayas!

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Excellent Quality

Wonderful Mala! The coral and turquoise beads are an exquisite touch. I wish I would have had it hand-knotted between beads. The only suggestion I have. Easily wearable as a daily reminder to walk the path.

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