Deep blue lapis was used in ancient medicine to foster harmony and assist in releasing old karmic patterns. The Medicine Buddha is often depicted with a lapis mala known for its powerful healing properties. 108 5/16” diameter beads with 3 rudraksha beads and pinkish red tassel. Made in the USA.
This mala is beautiful. Beautiful blue lapis. Maybe more ceremonial, rather than for actual chanting counting, with beginning and ending beads of the 108 slightly smaller than the rest. Pinkish red tassel is lovely and nubly rudraksha bead interesting. Slightly darker beads at intervals are a subtle, elegant touch.
This is a medicine mala, and that is exactly how I use it. I have the classic mediator's impediment of Busy Mind. Slightly disturbed - bipolar and PTSD. When I'm having particular difficulty getting into samadhi, this comes out of the bag and my higher Tibetan zafu (also 5 *s, thanks!) comes out and I sit and caress these amazingly silky beads and chant Great Mantras til my head cools off. Perfect for me. Used it to count my 108 prostrations for the Vernal Equinox... Beautiful stones...
This is one of my favorite malas. I love the feel of the Lapis around my neck and in my hand. I would recommend this one people who want take on Buddhism as a practice.
I was a little concerned how heavy this would be compared to the cedarwood mala that I normally wear. I do not find it to be that much heavier and I find that the extra weight prevents the necklace from turning as much. Highly recommend this product.