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mala care

Postby KonchokZoepa » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:54 pm

how do you wash your mala, and do you wash your mala?
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

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Re: mala care

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:47 pm

never heard of such a thing.
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Re: mala care

Postby Seishin » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:25 pm

I've never heard of such. I believe this is why one should take care of ones mala, not allowing it to be placed on the floor, kept in a bag when not in use etc

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Re: mala care

Postby Simon E. » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:40 pm

KonchokZoepa wrote:how do you wash your mala, and do you wash your mala?


Some people oil their malas with a light vegetable oil with a little aromatic essential oil in it.

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Re: mala care

Postby Malcolm » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:52 pm

KonchokZoepa wrote:how do you wash your mala, and do you wash your mala?



Some people like to wash a new mala in pure water scented with pure sandalwood oil. This is actually a traditional procedure. I never bothered much with this personally. It might be nice to have a new mala blessed by some Lama, but the best blessing is your own mantra recitation.
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Re: mala care

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:07 pm

geishhin well where do you keep it if not in a bag when not on use. i dont like holding it on my hand or wrist all the time.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo

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Re: mala care

Postby Malcolm » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:13 pm

KonchokZoepa wrote:geishhin well where do you keep it if not in a bag when not on use. i dont like holding it on my hand or wrist all the time.



Usually coiled on my practice texts.
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Re: mala care

Postby Seishin » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:15 pm

KonchokZoepa wrote:geishhin well where do you keep it if not in a bag when not on use. i dont like holding it on my hand or wrist all the time.


Not everyone is as careful. Keep up the good work. :smile:

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Re: mala care

Postby Nemo » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:48 am

I bought this Chinese donut box years ago. I think it is my favourite for mala storage.

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Re: mala care

Postby KeithBC » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:27 am

I have never heard of washing it.

I keep mine coiled on my meditation table in front of my shrine. I used to wear one around my neck until the string broke.

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Re: mala care

Postby emaho » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:45 am

Yes, I washed my mala a couple of times, after years of daily usage I think it's not excessive. I just wash it under luke warm water with the same soap I use to wash my hands. The beads of a lotus seed mala will swell a bit (is that the right word?), better not let it get wet if the string sits very tight.
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Re: mala care

Postby ClearblueSky » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:53 am

If it somehow got really dirty and has to be washed, I'd probably recommend putting a little rubbing alcohol on a towel and rubbing it down the beads. String may not do so great if you submerge it totally.

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Re: mala care

Postby disjointed » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:51 pm

How you should clean it depends on the material.

You should follow the same protocol as if you were cleaning a Buddha statue.
Which is just to treat is as a part of the Buddha's body and use care in cleaning.
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you are a sock puppet.
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