Indian Bodhi Seed Mala

  • 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.

  • 108 beads of 15 mm diameter, with Trikaya guru beads. White bead (conch shell) symbolizes Nirmanakaya, red (carnelian stone) Sambhogakaya, blue (lapis lazuli) Dharmakaya. The mala has a sliding knot to make it tighter or looser.

    Approximate length 39.5 in, 2.6 oz.