The first prayer beads (“Sanskrit: mala, meaning “garland”) grew out of the Vedic tradition in India and were the prototype for prayer beads in later world cultures. (For more information on history and meaning, see our About Malas section.)
Our stone 108-bead malas are strung on strong flexible wire for durability and adorned with luxurious handmade cotton tassels. An elegant mala of smooth jet-black stone finished with a black onyx guru bead. In the Tibetan tradition, black is associated with the protection principle, the guarding of awareness and dispelling of obstacles. In the Zen tradition, black connotes emptiness.
Marker beads may be special ordered for an additional $8.00 to $10.00 depending on the number added to the mala. Placement of markers can be arranged according to one’s meditation tradition. Please contact us for more details.