Nenju Kankin mala - Lignum vitae
Nenju or juzu is a Japanese mala. We've found in Kyoto a family of craftsmen who have been making Buddhist rosaries for more than 300 years. Their meticulous finishing touch reflects Japanese aesthetics and converts these malas into precious conscious gifts.
The word “mala” in Sanskrit means garland of roses and it was originated in India. From Buddhism and Hinduism it passed to Islam and from Islam it was passed on to Christianity in times of the Crusades. The malas or rosaries are used to count the devotional words or recitations in meditation with mantras. This consists of repeating words to generate vibrations. It is placed on one hand and a bead is taken. Each time it is recited, the mala rotates and passes to the next bead. It is an effective way to stay in the present and to appease the mind, achieving peace and silence.
The complete rosary usually has 108 beads, symbol of the 108 human passions. You can also find bracelets with 27 beads or any other number usually multiple of 3.