GEMSTONE BUDDHIST ROSARIES
We offer gemstone rosaries in traditional 108 and 27-bead sizes. The rosary loop is joined with a knot of eternity, representing the cleansing and conversion of karma within Eternal Meditation. A pendant made up of three beads (representing the Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) and a pair of tassels depends from the knot of eternity. The tassels represent the roots of the lotus plant that must stay fixed in, and nourished by, the mud if the lotus is to grow and flower. Even so must spiritual training stay fixed in the compassionate acceptance of our humanity if it is to manifest enlightenment. The tassels can also be viewed as representing the spiritual fountain of Compassion and Wisdom.
The main beads of our rosaries are made from gemstones that are relatively hard (5 to 7 on the Mohs scale). Because of this hardness, the beads will hold their polish for a long time even with frequent use, provided they are not carried in pockets containing other hard items such as keys and coins. Each bead is separated from the beads next to it by tiny gold-colored metal spacer beads. The beads are strung on very strong 49-strand stainless steel beading wire sheathed in tough plastic. Each gemstone rosary comes in a velveteen bag with a drawstring.
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