Ogyen's Mala Affairs

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Postby Ogyen » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:43 am

this is the green sandalwood restrung into its latest incarnation. Had to take it apart for a friend's mala.

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Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:09 am

Beautifully balanced. :)

It reminds me of the malas of the Himalayan shamans and American Indian beading.

I understand that HHDL found a common link in some ceremonies and dances when he visited the US. They also apparently share a love of turquoise and coral. I seem to recall it was the Hopi he visited.
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Re: Ogyen's Mala Affairs

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:19 am

Nice mix of materials. You have a good eye. I love the sandle-wood.

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Postby Ogyen » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:38 am

My refuge mala & Tara mala:

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Re: Ogyen's Mala Affairs

Postby Su DongPo » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:18 pm

Thank you, Ogyen!

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Postby nirmal » Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:33 pm

I'll say this again Ogyen,you're gifted and talented.The malas are just irresistible.I have two main malas, one made of bones and the other bodhiseeds
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Re: Ogyen's Mala Affairs

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:20 pm

Somebody mention skulls?

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I have bone malas and bone malas with carved skulls as well, but these hand malas have seen a lot of use. Each bead is around 1.5-2.0 cms . Not sure what the seed is, though. ;)
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Postby Ogyen » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:49 pm

Incredible Yeshe. I love the carved seed. I've been thinking at some point when appropriate I will make one of these, I love the seed to bone alternative. They look like carved/shaved rudraksha maybe? I suppose they could be anything tho.
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Re: Ogyen's Mala Affairs

Postby nirmal » Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:42 am

"Got two bone malas from Nepal. Handpicked by my Vajraguru for me.Bones of an enlightened Tibetan lama. We have to be careful when picking such malas as there are many fake ones made from bones of ordinary people.The good ones are very difficult to come by these days. I have opened up one mala and made wrist malas for my very close members.I have about 15 bones left.If you want them, they are yours. Probably meant for you, I don't know. Just PM me your address and I'll post them to you that is if you are interested.[/quote]

For what purpose/practice did your Vajraguru pick these two mala of your's for?

Typically such malas are used only by highly experienced practitioners for certain wrathfull practices under the guidance of their guru. If they are meant for use in some aspect of vajrayana practice I'm not so sure you should even show them in a photograph let alone take one apart, and give away some of the beads.[/quote]


Most for sale are animal bone, especially yak or oxe. Some pretend to be from the skulls of lamas, but very few are so, and these are rarely sold. Authentic ones fetch a huge price if they are sold, but most are given within the lineage.

If given to you by a lama then you are considered advanced enough in practice to handle them with due care. In your circumstances I wouls simply follow what my guru taught about the ways in which you may use them."


"follow what my guru taught" Now,that's a mouthful and words of wisdom.We should always keep in that line of thought and practice.


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