Mala Bracelets for Buddhist Prayer and Meditation
A mala bracelet is a great alternative to a full 108 bead count Tibetan rosary. While some bracelets do have a full 108 beads, you may find that an 18, 27, or 54 bead-count will do you just fine. When you want to keep your mala beads with you at all times, a bracelet isn’t only practical, but it can be fashionable as well.
Many people who meditate according to the traditional Tibetan Buddhism philosophy find that they don’t have enough time in the day to do a whole session of focusing their intentions over 100 times in one setting. If you turn back the clock a thousand years or so this wasn’t the case. There weren’t millions of distractions trying to keep our attention. These days, it can be tough to carve out the time. This is why mala wrist beads or bracelets might be a better option. When you do find that you have ample time to complete more repetitions of your mantras, you can use the same bracelet, but just complete more revolutions of the smaller bead-count.
For example, if you have an 18 bead-count mala bracelet and you find you have time for a longer meditation session, you would complete 6 full revolutions. For a 27 bead-count bracelet, you would complete 4 revolutions. For a 54 bead-count bracelet, you would complete just 2 full revolutions.
Choosing the Right Mala Bracelet for Your Intentions
When deciding on a mala bracelet (or Buddha bracelet), you shouldn’t think about if it goes with your outfit or not. Some people make this mistake and choose a bracelet that will compliment their wardrobe instead of enhancing their purpose and intentions when meditating. This is counterproductive to the purpose of mala beads. The mala is meant to help guide you in meditation by activating the part of your brain and consciousness that correspond to your intentions. It does this through our mind’s correlation to colors and harnesses the natural properties of the material that the prayer beads are made with.
Getting the perfect bead-count in your mala bracelet shouldn’t be a concern. As stated above, you can complete the same number of repetitions as you could with a set of traditional Buddhist prayer beads by simply doing more revolutions. Instead, you want to focus on the color and material used. If you MUST think about accessorizing your wardrobe, then you should get a mala wristlet that goes with anything. This advice applies to choosing the right mala necklace as well. Traditionally, Buddhist monks would use beads made from rattan seeds, sandalwood or rosewood for their malas and meditation, not for fashion’s sake, but because these materials have their own unique healing properties and are general-purpose malas.
White mala bracelets can go with anything as well and are great for pacifying mantras that help to purify the mind and clear away obstacles like mental disturbances, illness, and bad karma. These are often made from crystal, shell, or pearls.
If white isn’t your color and you don’t want a general-purpose wrist mala, then we recommend aiming for precious metals like gold, silver, copper and amber. The natural properties of these metals can serve to increase merit, life span, and knowledge.
While traditional 108-bead count Buddhist prayer beads can be a little more cumbersome for the occasional meditation practice, many have found that mala beads in wristband-form is just what they needed. View our vast selection and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect mala bracelet.