PadmaVonSamba wrote:Traditionally, a buddhist mala (sanskrit="garland") has 108 beads. Divide by 4 and you have 27.
I don't know anything about tassles.
Lay peoples’ juzu have 27 beads, 2 marker beads and a parent or ‘Buddha bead’ that has a special tassle-string. The tassle-string consists of a large loop and two ‘end’ pieces. The loop is seen to represent the cycle of birth & dying (samsara); and the end strings represent the ‘cutting’ or severing of the cycle of birth & dying (nirvana). (On womens’ and priests’ onenju there is often a more elaborate tassel). The formal juzu sometimes used by Jodo shin priests has 108 main beads and two ‘oyadama’ parent beads.
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