Monday, March 24, 2008


A Tendai set of beads is characterized by the flat shape of the beads, which makes the strand of 108 easier to count with while at the same time being more wieldy.

You'll see people wearing sets of large round beads around their necks in order to give themselves the appearance of a Holy Man, but the style pictured here is for counting repetitions of mantras, going deep within the heart, rooting out greed, anger, and ignorance, and serving the cause of all living beings.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I always like that The Tendai style mala or Nenju can't be worn like a necklace. It looks and feels a lot like a abacus and isn't very decorative although it is quite sturdy. Reminds me of the people that use them.