Prayer Beads

The first thing that I bought myself upon my return to Taiwan were Buddhist prayer beads. From my research, these beads are Tibetan. They have 19 big white beads and 2 red beads. Most prayer beads are a multiple of 108. When 108 prayers are said, they count for 100. The other ones compensate for the mistakes. At first I thought that I would wear them as a bracelet. I haven’t worn any jewelry for years, except my golden necklace that I have had since birth. Over the last few years, I’ve even dropped watches.

I’ve had the prayer beads since Sunday and I always have them with me. I’ve decided to buy a few more. They are interesting to have. Obviously, talk turns to religion as I wear them and handle them. I’m probably going to research the Buddhist prayers that are associated with prayer beads in order to find out more about them. I remember that I have a book on Buddha hidden away somewhere.

My wife found it serene that the first thing that I got myself were prayer beads. I didn’t really think that much of it at the time, but it does speak to a vicissitude in my way of thinking. They weren’t expensive. I spent 1000NT (~33$) on my beads. They are a nice pair that will last a long time. The beads are nice and fat, but not too fat. They are made out of white stones or shells, I am unsure of this. They feel nice in my hands. I usually wear them on my left arm, above my elbow. I tend to take them down and count them when I sit and I have idle hands.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

2 thoughts on “Prayer Beads”

  1. Hi Marvin, I bought them at the Jade Market in Taipei. It should be pretty easy to find if you are in Taiwan. Otherwise, you could try jade markets in the rest of the Chinese world. They are usually close to flower markets. I know that even Banciao has one.

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