PadmaVonSamba wrote:The main point, I think that a mala should not be considered merely as decorative jewelry.
A bead on a string is just a bead on a string.
What you do with it, how you think about it, this is the mind.
This is what is important.
steveb1 wrote:Looking about the Web, I find that there are two perspectives on wearing beads on the wrist or wrapped around the arm (like Richard Gere in some of his "introduction to Buddhism" videos). These seem to be:
1) Never wear them except in services or in private meditation. If you want them to accompany you throughout the day, keep them in a pouch in your pocket, backpack, etc. Popular examples such as HH Dalai Lama are invoked for reverent mala use - which ideally should occur only in "prayer" or special religious occasions. i.e., don't flaunt your beads for social reasons, and sensibly decline to wear them for practical reasons (they can get hung up, caught, break or chip, etc.).
2) No harm in wearing wrist malas, if they remind you of the Dharma throughout the day as a constant assist on the Path. They may even attract fellow Buddhists with whom one might wish to discuss the Dharma. If strangers ask, explain the reason for wearing (e.g., "They help me walk my talk"); or just say you like how they look on your wrist. Thus: wrist malas are not harmful, and they may be of some help spiritually.
Could anyone address this issue, please ... ? Do you use wrist malas, and if so, is your use constant or occasional? Or ... if you do not use them, do you have specific reasons for not wearing them?
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