padma norbu wrote:
Well, now I've gone and ordered a 108 bodhi seed mala. It hasn't been blessed by my guru like my clear quartz mala, but hey, maybe he can bless this one, too, some day. I did already have a bodhi seed prostration mala, but the seeds are very large and it's difficult to use for mantra recitation. I do like the funky smell.
I'm looking forward to putting my new mala to good use whenever it gets here. Maybe with all the infinite multiplying, I will finally be able to purify some of my negative personality/outlook karma. Thanks for the link and discussion, OP.
I posted the following when this article came up on another thread and maybe if people want to follow up on some of the things in the original article this is also helpful here.
I think the original article is based on the following text (it is available at TBRC):
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.
Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche has an excellent little instruction e-book on how to use a mala that goes through much of what was in the article above and more.
Also, Gharwang Rinpoche's book provides instructions on how to bless a new mala. You will of course want your guru to bless it, but until then it might be helpful...
Link to the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Garland-Advice-In ... B00ESQA7NC