Holding Prayer Beads

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This is a picture of a Tibetan nun hands holding prayer beads.
It was shot during the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony, under the Bodhi Tree which is behind the Mahabodhi Temple, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.
I was sitting among many Buddhist monks coming from all over the world and a very old nun came at my side holding a mala.

I took many pictures of her fingers with those Buddhist prayer beads which are traditional devotional tools used in Buddhism.
They are similar to other forms of prayer beads and the Rosary used in various world religions; thus this tool has also been known as the Buddhist rosary.
In Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally malas of 108 beads are used.
Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations.
Doing one 108-bead mala counts as 100 mantra recitations.

In traditional Buddhist thought, people are said to have 108 afflictions or klesas.
There are 6 senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and consciousness) multiplied by 3 reactions (positive, negative, or indifference) makes 18 “feelings.”
Each of these feelings can be either “attached to pleasure or detached from pleasure” making 36 “passions”– each of which may be manifested in the past, present, or future.
All the combinations of all these things makes a total of 108, which are represented by the beads.
After reciting 100 mantras, 8 extra mantras are done to compensate for any errors.

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4 Responses to “Holding Prayer Beads”

  1. betbet zaragoza Says:

    i felt so sorry for many people because they don’t know the truth…
    hope i can help in this disaster…
    thanks be to God…

  2. That’s so beautiful. I actually participated in a Jesus version of prayer beading. It’s quite profound.

    Here’s my new blog, you might like it: http://theriverjordan.net/just-a-quick-reflection


  3. That is a great shot . We must pray for all that do not know Christ.
    I am not for sure what the above space wanted it says website .I wish I knew how to do all you do here . You have so much talent and you use it for the glory of God. Thank you 🙂

  4. I was searching for photos to feature the practice of praying with beads on my blog and lo and behold here you are again. I have given full credit and hope readers will come here to savor your images. Thank you! Blessings!

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