Malas for Gifting
Give the gift of prayer beads… made by you. Create your own strand of semi-precious mala to keep or give as a gift, guided by experts from Beads of Paradise NYC, and the Venerable Paltul Rinpoche.
Choose between three semi-precious bead options: jade, quartz, and carnelian (pictured left to right: jade, quartz, and carnelian). Make your selection at the time of your ticket purchase so that your materials may be prepared.
Carnelian is believed to purify the blood, enhance passion and inspire courageousness, while yak bone spacers are hand carved with the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum", the repetition of which is said to speed the coming of enlightened compassion.
Jade is said to be not only representative of the Confucian virtues of justice and wisdom, but also to bring luck, good health, and prosperity. Hand carved yakbone beads bear the Buddha's Eye, to ward off evil and misfortune, and lend insight.
Quartz is said to aid in purification, bringing the mind and body into harmony, while aligning the self with the universe. It is spaced out with banded agates, renowned for balancing yin and yang energies while providing protection form all life's difficulties.
Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 beads and will have the opportunity to have their new mala blessed by the lama.
Materials are included in the price of the workshop.
Includes an optional gallery tour of Count Your Blessings at 6:15 p.m.
About the Instructors
Beads of Paradise NYC, founded in the 1980s in the East Village as a purveyor of African beads, has been bringing art and antiquities from all over the world to New York City for three decades. Now located in the historic Flatiron district, their diverse selection now includes South and South East Asian Art as well as vintage beads and ethnographic jewelry from multiple continents, prayer beads and Buddhist and Hindu religious artifacts, as well as their own line of contemporary semiprecious-stone jewelry and repair services.
Venerable Paltul Rinpoche is the director of the Karma Woesel Doe-joe Ling Healing Center. He is himself a Barom Kagyu lineage holder, one of the major four sub-sects of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Rinpoche also provides teachings and empowerments based on the Medicine Buddha teachings to help you to enhance your health, and transform mental and physical imbalances into growth that is at once peaceful, healthy and spiritual.