Also known as “Japamala”, the Buddhist 108 mala beads are used to count mantra recitations, prostrations or breaths. The number 108 is derived from multiplying the 9 planets by the number of astrological houses. Additionally, for Buddhist practitioners 108 mala beads represent the number of mental conditions that must be eliminated to achieve enlightenment. As a result, using Buddhist mala beads increases the effectiveness of your mantra meditation practice and they will help you to accumulate merit. The Sanskrit translation of japa means mantra meditation practice and mala translates from the Buddhist literature as “heavenly garland”. Our Mala beads are crafted from fine material and can make a valuable supplement for your Buddhist altar. All of our Buddhist mala beads are on sale now and come with free international shipping.