A cord runs invisibly through each bead.
Through every moment of human experience, invisibly,
is the space of wakeful knowing. -Erik Pema Kunsang
Then buddhas and sublime great bodhisattvas chose
To emanate and be born there as lotsawas and scholars,
To raise high the victory-banner with its jewel, the untarnished teachings of Buddha:
So may this teaching of the lotus-born buddha flourish and spread! -Mipham Rinpoche
Excellent for use in both peaceful and wrathful practices and regarded as multiplying the effect of mantras infinitely, our Indian Bodhi seed malas are both versatile and powerful.
The Vajra Peak Tantra states:
Ruby is said to multiply by one billion,
And the bodhi seed, to do so infinitely.
The bodhi seed, also known as putrajīva,
is the supreme rosary. It is auspicious for any
peaceful or wrathful practice.
All of our malas have been blessed by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and selected by senior Lamas of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
More than 2500 years ago, seated under the Bodhi tree, Siddhārtha Gautama entered a deep state of meditative absorption. Determined to penetrate the truth of suffering, Siddhārtha remained motionless for 49 days, only rising from his seat after having attained full enlightenment. From this moment, the pipal tree, or sacred fig tree, was referred to as the "Bodhi" tree. The Bodhi tree, meaning "Tree of Enlightenment,” is the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology and the place from where the 1002 buddhas of this Fortunate Aeon reach enlightenment.
Contrary to common belief, Bodhi seed malas are not from actual “Bodhi Trees,” which produce a small fig-like fruit filled with many seeds. However, the seeds that dropped from a cousin species are considered to produce the foremost of all rosaries. Each of the one hundred and eight beads represents the 108 intrinsic aspects of the awakened mind, the one hundred and eight activities of the distorted mind and the one hundred and eight peaceful and wrathful deities.
Regarding the role of the mala in the spiritual path, Erik Pema Kunzang states:
Holding the sacred mala is a profound gesture of taking charge of our life,
in this wonderful amazing world,
the magical net,
the essence of secrets,
the mystery beyond compare.
Known as thelost wax process of bronze casting, the Newari tradition of statue making dates back to the Licchavi period (300-800 C.E.)Frequently called to share their statue making skills throughout Central Asia, there is even historical evidence that Newari artisans were recruited by the Mongolian court of Khublai Khan.
This tradition of statue manufacturing has remained largely unchanged since ancient times. Unfortunately, it has come under pressure with the reduced manufacturing costs of machine produced replicas. However, in Nepal this traditional art form has remained largely unchanged. The cooperative,A Group of Shakyas, consist of Newari artisans that are the direct heirs of this rich spiritual and cultural tradition.
Based in Patan, Nepal, the cooperative's mission is to produce high-quality statues, with attention to detail throughout the casting, carving, and finishing processes. The cooperative is headed by Roshan Shakya and his family members. The Shakya family are students ofChökyi Nyima Rinpoche and collaborators to the Tara’s Triple Excellence program.
The cooperative is founded on the values of transparency and fair trade.
Each individual statue is hand-made and is steeped in centuries of Newari craftsmanship.
8.5 in by 5.75 in, 3.42 lb