Rebuilding Nepal Through Trade
After the massive earthquakes that tragically struck Nepal in 2015, the people of Nepal are still struggling to heal emotionally and physically.
Relief workers in Kathmandu have told us that one of the most important things we can do to help Nepalese families regain a sense of normalcy is to provide trade so that people can once again wake up in the morning and go to work. We encourage you to support Nepalese artisans and their families by purchasing products marked with the prayer flag icon shown above.
DharmaCrafts has committed to donate 5% of the sales revenue of all Nepalese products throughout 2015 and 2016 to earthquake relief efforts. A large percentage of our donation will go to Roshi Joan Halifax's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF) set up through Upaya Zen Center. Upaya's example of engaged Buddhism is inspirational to us and to our efforts. DharmaCrafts will also contribute to the Save the Children Fund.
DharmaCrafts offers Even DEEPER DISCOUNTS on Meditation Cushions & yoga mats for Organizations including:
- Nonprofit & government organizations
- Meditation & MBSR teachers
- Meditation centers & yoga studios
- Hospitals, prisons, religious organizations
- Corporations, spas, hotels — your volume cushion order may also be eligible to receive even deeper discounts
DharmaCrafts is able to offer deep discounts on our meditation cushions, yoga mats and support cushions because these items are handcrafted in our own workshop in Lawrence, Massachusetts by our small, dedicated staff of trained craftspeople.
Volume Meditation Cushion Order
This product will ship to you directly from our manufacturer. It will arrive separately from the other items in your order. To expedite your order, please ship to a physical street address, in the Continental U.S., only. We're sorry, express shipping is not available for this product.
A shipping surcharge has been added to select statues, furniture, and oversized and/or heavy items due to their increased shipping cost. The surcharge is in addition to the standard shipping charge. When ordering more than 1 of this item, the surcharge will be added to each item.
$8.95 shipping when your online order consists of any combination of jewelry, books, malas, incense, silk hangings, CDs/DVDs, and other select items marked "flat rate," ONLY. For standard shipping within the U.S. ONLY (Canada Flat Rate and 2nd Day Flat Rate orders excluded). If your order includes items in addition to the items listed above, our regular shipping rates apply (see chart).
Om Mani Compassion Stretchy Mala, 15mm beads
Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of Great Compassion, is hand carved and hand painted on 15mm wood beads. Strung with durable elastic, this stretchy wrist mala is large enough to fit most men and women. Made in Nepal.
Materials: 15mm wood beads
Fits most men and women
Made in Nepal
Mala means “garland” in Sanskrit. A mala is a strand of prayer beads, much like a rosary, used to count repetitions of mantras and prostrations. A traditional mala is made of 108 beads because each mantra recitation is said to purify one of the 108 levels of mind. A hand mala is made with 18-27 beads, usually a multiple of 108.
Stretchy wrist malas are often worn as a reminder to practice mantra at all times. Stretchy wrist malas may vary in the number of beads but may still be used for mantra practice. Wearing a stretchy mala is especially convenient for a person who is ill and would like to recite mantra in bed; the stretchy wrist mala is always right there on their wrist. Today people often wear stretchy malas as a reminder to be mindful.
"Om Mani Padme Hum" (the Jewel in the Lotus) is the universal mantra of great love and great compassion. This mantra opens the mind to love and compassion and leads it towards awakening.
Each symbol has a purifying effect:
OM purifies the veils of the body.
MA purifies the veils of speech.
NI purifies the veils of mind.
PAD purifies the veils of conflicting emotions.
ME purifies the veils of latent conditioning.
HUM purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Stretchy malas that are made to fit on the wrist and thus may not have 27 beads or some other multiple of 108 beads. The number of beads on a stretchy (or adjustable) mala varies.
Although stretchy wrist malas may vary in their number of beads, they may still be used for mantra practice. Wearing a stretchy mala is especially convenient for a person who is ill and would like to recite mantra in bed; the stretchy wrist mala is always right there on their wrist. Today people often wear stretchy malas as a reminder to be mindful.