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 Post subject: mala care
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:54 pm 
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how do you wash your mala, and do you wash your mala?

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 Post subject: Re: mala care
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:47 pm 
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never heard of such a thing.

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 Post subject: Re: mala care
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:25 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:07 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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I bought this Chinese donut box years ago. I think it is my favourite for mala storage.

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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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 Post subject: Re: mala care
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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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