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Black wood mala, 8mm, 111 beads. Excellent beginner mala.

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Handmade mala of wooden beads and a cotton tassel. These humble, subdued prayer beads are perfect for samatha (single pointed focus on the breath) meditation. Includes gift box and introductory guide on use.

• Bead count: 108 prayer beads, 1 guru bead, and 2 tassel beads (111 total).

• Bead materials: All beads are a richly stained, jet black, lightweight, common hardwood (pittosporum pentandrum).

• Bead symbolism: Traditional wooden beads represent the deeply rooted stability of a towering tree. Such an amazing specimen provides refuge, houses life, and purifies the environment -- all of which germinates from a simple, humble seed. In the same way, through our practice of anchoring in the breath, we strive to develop into a being that provides refuge, facilitates life, and purifies our various psychosocial, cultural, and global environments.

• Cord: The cord is made of bright red braided nylon. It is very durable at 1.5mm thick. The red color symbolizes the unbroken bloodline of the teachers and gurus who passed on these practices.

• Knots: The cord is knotted every 27 beads, dividing the mala into 4 equal sections. It is also knotted along the guru and tassel beads. The image of untying our inner knots is a rich salvific metaphor found in many spiritual traditions.

• Accents: The accents are 5mm daisy spacers that ornament the guru and tassel beads (gold or sliver plated option). The accents represent our intentions -- that which gives ultimate context to our practice. They remind us to deliberately establish our motivations for our meditation (and eventually, for all that we do).

• Tassel: The 2-inch tassel is handmade of soft, black cotton. It is seamlessly bound by a hair-thin metallic cord that matches the color of the accents, creating a beautiful contrast.

• Tassel symbolism: The tassel traditionally represents the root of a lotus that blooms up from the mud. In the same way that an elegant white lotus emerges from the dark soot of a pond, our true heart of compassion can bloom from the obscure muck of our greed, hatred, and delusion. Alternate symbolism often draws another parallel: The many threads of the tassel emerge from one unified source, in the same way all life emerges from unity with the Divine. In some traditions, the tassels are used to dry the tears that are shed from mourning the suffering of others in prayer.

• Total length from end to end: 1 foot, 9 inches (21 in).

Included with the purchase is A Primer on Samatha Meditation, a brief yet informative overview of the context, practice, and common obstacles of samatha (single pointed focus on the breath) meditation.

***Leave me a brief description in the comments of how you want to spiritually grow, and I'll pray for you as I make the mala. A vague description is fine :)***
Handmade mala of wooden beads and a cotton tassel. These humble, subdued prayer beads are perfect for samatha (single pointed focus on the breath) meditation. Includes gift box and introductory guide on use.

• Bead count: 108 prayer beads, 1 guru bead, and 2 tassel beads (111 total).

• Bead materials: All beads are a richly stained, jet black, lightweight, common hardwood (pittosporum pentandrum).

• Bead symbolism: Traditional wooden beads represent the deeply rooted stability of a towering tree. Such an amazing specimen provides refuge, houses life, and purifies the environment -- all of which germinates from a simple, humble seed. In the same way, through our practice of anchoring in the breath, we strive to develop into a being that provides refuge, facilitates life, and purifies our various psychosocial, cultural, and global environments.

• Cord: The cord is made of bright red braided nylon. It is very durable at 1.5mm thick. The red color symbolizes the unbroken bloodline of the teachers and gurus who passed on these practices.

• Knots: The cord is knotted every 27 beads, dividing the mala into 4 equal sections. It is also knotted along the guru and tassel beads. The image of untying our inner knots is a rich salvific metaphor found in many spiritual traditions.

• Accents: The accents are 5mm daisy spacers that ornament the guru and tassel beads (gold or sliver plated option). The accents represent our intentions -- that which gives ultimate context to our practice. They remind us to deliberately establish our motivations for our meditation (and eventually, for all that we do).

• Tassel: The 2-inch tassel is handmade of soft, black cotton. It is seamlessly bound by a hair-thin metallic cord that matches the color of the accents, creating a beautiful contrast.

• Tassel symbolism: The tassel traditionally represents the root of a lotus that blooms up from the mud. In the same way that an elegant white lotus emerges from the dark soot of a pond, our true heart of compassion can bloom from the obscure muck of our greed, hatred, and delusion. Alternate symbolism often draws another parallel: The many threads of the tassel emerge from one unified source, in the same way all life emerges from unity with the Divine. In some traditions, the tassels are used to dry the tears that are shed from mourning the suffering of others in prayer.

• Total length from end to end: 1 foot, 9 inches (21 in).

Included with the purchase is A Primer on Samatha Meditation, a brief yet informative overview of the context, practice, and common obstacles of samatha (single pointed focus on the breath) meditation.

***Leave me a brief description in the comments of how you want to spiritually grow, and I'll pray for you as I make the mala. A vague description is fine :)***

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FREE REPAIRS FOR A LIFETIME
Traditionally, when a mala breaks it is regarded as an auspicious sign. However, it's also heartbreaking if you love your prayer beads as much as I do.

To help ease your suffering, I extend a lifetime offer for free labor to repair all Epiphany Malas. As long as you have all the pieces, just ship it back to me and I'll bring it back to life (shipping costs not included). Any replacement pieces are simply at cost. Send me a message to discuss the specifics of your auspicious situation.

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Black wood mala, 8mm, 111 beads. Excellent beginner mala.

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