Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blissful Beads

Buddhist prayer beads, or Malas, are a meditative tool similar to rosaries. Traditionally, the beads are made from the wood of the sacred Bodhi tree and have 108 beads to represent Buddha's walk toward enlightenment. The Malas are intended to help drive away evil and are supposed to bring peace and happiness. I'm not sure if it was the beads, the smiling Buddha statues, or the jazzy music on the radio, but the other evening I felt extremely blissful on my ride home in the taxi.