The origin of Buddhist beads is Nepal and India. Primarily, It was used as an accounting method to keep track of days or even finances. Sages used and has been using string of beads to perform the mantra meditation where they repeat the mantra for certain number, most commonly 108 times.
What do Buddhist bracelets mean?
The Meaning of Buddhist bracelet is simply to remind one to abide by the Buddhist way of living. It can be string bracelet or bead bracelet.
According to the Ayurveda, our body contains 108 pressure points thus it has been common to use for any yogic rituals. Zen priests also wear 108 beads bracelet or mala on their wrist. It is very common to see priest and people putting on Buddhist bracelet on them. Meaning of wearing Buddhist bracelet is simply devoting oneself to the path of Buddha.
Why do People wear Buddhist beads on their wrist?
Religiously or Historically people did not wear beads on their wrist. Since it become difficult to put on Buddhist Mala for everyday people, it evolved to fit their need and make it easier for them to perform everyday tasks without breaking their lengthy Mala on their neck. Since it is a smaller version of mala to remind people the Buddhist way of living thus culturally been accepted
How do you use Buddhist Mala?
Buddhist Mala beads are most commonly used in the Mantra meditation.
Usually, one hold Mala on the right hand where you let the Mala hanging on group of two to four fingers (index finger to pinky), curving inside, so that you can lightly grab the Mala. Thumb stays up in the air. Each time you recite the Mantra, you pull one bead at a time by your thumb, pulling the Mala inside. And one should focus on their breathe and the totality of their being while doing Mantra Meditation.
Buddhist Mala could be used as an offering to the temple that you have allocated in your home. And of course, one can wear it as a Buddhist Necklace as well.
What hand do you wear a Buddha bracelet on?
Most Commonly Buddhist Bracelet are worn on right hand wrist. Although People have different views on what hand to wear Buddhist bracelet but in reality, it does not have any basis for that. It is just a matter of preference and most commonly right hand.