The mala is about 26 inches long. Each line of the Daily Recitation corresponds to exactly one of 67 beads, composed as follows:
- Fifty-five 12-mm walnut-stained wooden beads, used for the Teachings.
- Three 14-mm glass or stone beads representing the Dharma, Sangha, and Buddha.
- Eleven 8-mm marker beads separating major portions of the Recitation made of semi-precious stones, for example moss agate, tree agate or snowflake obsidian.
The Recitation ends with the Key, which is represented by a pendant.
For an illustrated guide to the mala’s structure, please click here.
If your Sangha has a pendant that you want to tie onto the end of the mala, we can send your mala without a pendant. If you’d like our Sangha’s pendant on your mala, we can send your mala with one. You can see our Sangha’s pendant on most pages of this website and in the online picture of the mala.
Willingness is the name of the key to the gate of awakening.