I don't own any mala beads, but I'd like to. When I sat meditation on a
weekly basis, part of the monthly discipline included chanting, and I
think our group leader (sensei?) used mala beads to mark the count of
the chant (similar to using a rosary, each time you chant a phrase, your
fingers move one bead: when you get back to the big bead, you've done
one "round"). Chanting for compassion (something like
"kwan-seh-am-pol-sahl" in Korean) was used to chant for instilling and
increasing compassion, both for specific others and for the world as a
whole. I liked the space my mind went when we chanted - I get to the
same space sometimes when I'm singing w/the choir.
Have a good Wednesday, and enjoy the Om.
A Mindful Progression: Meditation With Mala Beads( Collapse )