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I make a product and am hoping that you will sell them in your catalog.

Hello from DharmaCrafts,

Thanks so much for writing to us about your product. You are welcome to submit a sample of your product or you can send photos and we'll contact you if we'd like to see the "real thing." Please note that we are unable to return samples and, because we're small, we will not be able to notify when we receive your sample.

You may email photos to: samples<@>dharmacrafts<.>com (subject line: samples) or you may send them to:

DharmaCrafts
Samples Department
60 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Thanks so much for thinking of us!

I noticed that many of your zen garden statues are made of resin. What is resin?

About our Resin Garden Statues

Most of our resin garden statues were originally carved by village craftspeople in Bali. And, each village still receives a percentage from the sale of each statue. Each statue is cast, finished, and packed by hand in the U.S conforming to California's strict environmental laws. more...

How should I clean my Buddhist statue?

DharmaCrafts sells a variety of Buddhist statues made in a number of materials including porcelain and brass. We recommend a periodic dusting to maintain their beauty. You should not wash or use any abrasives or cleansers on our Buddhist statues as the finish may be removed or damaged.

May I leave my garden statue out over winter?

You may leave your garden statue outside over winter. However, it should be noted that extreme cold or heat can damage the statue; therefore, it is recommended that your statue is not placed on a surface that absorbs a lot of heat in the summer (like blacktop) or holds water and may freeze in the winter (such as a low level area). If left outside, your statue will weather and age and develop a unique character all its own.

What is a Mala and how is it used?

Malas, also known as prayer beads or rosary beads, are used in many Buddhist traditions to count repetitions when reciting mantras and when performing prostrations. DharmaCrafts' malas are made here in the USA or in Korea and are very strong and durable.

What is the significance of Kuan Yin?

Kuan Yin, also known as Kwan Yin in other traditions, is the manifestation of Great Love and Great Compassion. Her name means "one who hears the cries of the world". Kuan Yin is most often represented as a female deity but has the power to assume whatever form is necessary to fulfill her vow to save all beings from suffering. She is often shown holding a vase containing the waters of compassion, the lotus flower of enlightenment, or the jewel of the three treasures.

What is the significance of chakras?

Chakra means 'wheel' in Sanskrit. The chakras are said to be swirling centers of energy within the body and play a role in both the yogic tradition and Vajrayana Buddhism. Each chakra is traditionally associated with a specific part of the body, a corresponding color and a gemstone. more...

How do you fold the veil on a thangka?

It only looks complicated! The easy steps are: Beginning at the bottom of the veil, fold it like an accordion or fan in 1 inch or 2 inch folds. When the veil is fully folded at the top of the thangka, pull the middle of the folded material through the horizontal string that runs across the top of the thangka and drape the material to your liking.

Who is Zen Master Seung Sahn?

Zen Master Seung Sahn, one of the most beloved and innovative teachers in the world today, was the founding teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Zen Master Seung Sahn was the 78th Patriarch in his line of transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. more...

Do you have samples of your incense?

We have some sampler assortments from the Shoyeido line of premium Japanese incense. These samplers are an inexpensive method to try an assortment of premium incense from one of Japan's leading producers.

How should tatami mats be cleaned?

Tatami mats are made of woven rush grass and should be cleaned gently with a damp cloth and wiped dry. You do not want to get your tatami mats wet, and spills should be avoided.

What is the translation for the Four Panel Calligraphy Screen?

This lovely screen is painted in Chinese and and is titled "Enso," meaning Zen Circle. On the left is an excerpt from the famous Zen poem, Human Route.
Coming empty-handed,
Going empty-handed,
That is the human route.

On the right is the monastery signature from the makers of the screen.

What size bulb should I use in the Lotus Pod Lamp?

The Lotus Pod lamp comes with a standard night-light bulb. Or you may use a 15w appliance bulb available at your local home center or hardware store.

Why is the price range of Japanese incense so wide?

The price of incense varies depending upon the rarity of the ingredients. For instance, the most prized incense is made with jinko or aloeswood. Aloeswood is formed by a very mysterious phenomenon of nature when a tree falls in a misty tropical forest. In a unique process that takes hundreds of years, resins within the wood solidify making it very dense and concentrating exquisite fragrance. Simply put, the more aloeswood in the incense, the more expensive the incense.

Why do some tea and dish sets come with four cups and some with five?

In both Chinese and Japanese cultures, the number "four" represents death. Therefore it is an unlucky number. For this reason, many Asian tea sets have five cups. Sets with four cups or dishes are made to cater to the Western market, where the number four holds no special meaning.

What is your position on doing business with China?

As a socially responsible, Buddhist business, DharmaCrafts enthusiastically upholds and supports the Tibetan people's struggle for self-determination and freedom as well as the preservation of Tibetan culture. Additionally, we support the work of Tibetan artists and craftspeople living in exile. more...