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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.
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.
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.
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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