The Powerful Bodhi Seed Mala
Posted on 5th Aug 2014
The Bodhi Seed Mala is a mantra meditation bracelet used by Buddhists or anybody who wants to wear it. Bodhi seeds are from the famous bodhi or bo tree where Siddharta Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment or “bodhi.”
“A mala made from bodhi seeds accomplishes all dharmas.” - Rinpoche Gyatrul
In Buddhism, there are Three Jewels where the Buddhists takes refuge on - the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha is the enlightened one, the teacher, and the liberated one from reincarnation (death and rebirth). The Dharma is the pathway to enlightenment. While the Sangha, is the community of similar brothers and sisters who are following the Dharma. So you see here how important the bodhi seeds are because they are considered very holy in Buddhism.
“A bodhi seed mala manifests limitless benefits for any form of practice, be it peaceful, expansive, powerful, or wrathful.” - Rinpoche Gyatrul
Rinpoche Gyatrul adds that a mala that has been offered to a god (deity) must not be used personally. Also if the mala is lacking beads, or a bead is damaged, you should not use it anymore. The reason being this strict guidelines about the mala is that it should remain consecrated because it is where you get divine energy through mantra meditation.
“It is very important to protect your mala from contamination by non-virtuous persons. Even a special mala of bodhi seed or gold can cease to be of benefit to anyone. If it contacts the hands of a person who has committed any of the five heinous crimes, you will fail in whatever you try to accomplish.” - Rinpoche Gyatrul
A selection of bodhi seed malas is available in our online store. Click here to order.
Gyatrul, R. (1996). The Generation Stage in Buddhist Tantra. New York: Snow Lion Publications