AlexanderS wrote:Does it matter which hand you use to recite mantra's with? I'm extremely right handed so it's natural for me to use that hand, but I've heard that in the Nyingma school you always use the left hand. Does that go for the other schools to? is there any good reason to use the left hand over the right?
The advice to generally use the left hand and which fingers to use etc. I think comes from the following text:
བསྐྱེད་རིམ་གྱི་ཟིན་བྲིས་ཆོ་ག་སྤྱི་འགྲོས་ལྟར་བཀོད་པ་མན་ངག་ཀུན་བཏུས by kun mkhyen bstan pa'i nyi ma
This is a Nyingma text but also used by Kagyus. However, Gelugpas also have instructions on which hands to use based on different tantras (e.g. whether it is a mother or father tantra, etc.)
Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche has an excellent instruction book that has just been produced on how to use and bless a mala and it details which hands to use, which fingers, and what type of mala to use based on the different types of practices one wishes to undertake.
Link to the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Garland-Advice-In ... B00ESQA7NC