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  • What is a Mala?

    Mala A beautiful Calming Mala created by Peacock Arts.

    Mala’s are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, or the repetitions of a buddha's name.  This practice is known in Sanskrit as japa. Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. In Tibetan Buddhism, malas of 108 beads are used. From our friend Ky Gabriel at Peacock Arts, "It is said that 108 times is the ideal number to take the prayer from a head space into an embodied heart space and when using a Mala there is no need to count, you can let the beads do it for you!"

    The increasing popularity of Yoga has made Malas fashionable. With strands of 108 beads plus a "guru" bead traditionally used for meditation and prayer, designers are making mala necklaces now that combine gemstones imbued with potent energies and sacred meaning to infuse your practice. However, most Malas are worn around the wrist. When looking at a Mala, notice the knots in between the beads. These knots represent our thoughts in meditation. The knots stop the beads from touching each other, just like our thoughts should not touch each other. As a "pro" tip, Ky states, "I recommend never buying Malas that aren't hand knotted."

    For Heaven’s Sake is teaming up with Ky Gabriel in early January 2018 for a Mala making workshop, where she'll provide insight into the art of Mala making. Come set powerful intentions for your life and create beautiful 108 bead Malas while making new friends. Learn about mantras and how to use them in your japa meditation with your very own healing gemstone Mala that you will create! Includes a short guided meditation. No experience necessary.

    To be sure to get the stones and colors you desire, signing up early is required. The class is $65 includes all materials and instruction (price includes standard stones). Ky will contact you with stone options as soon as your order is confirmed. There may be an additional charge for premium stones (available upon request).

    Register for the Mala making workshop today - space is limited! You can register online by clicking here or by calling the store: 303.964.9339. 

  • The Legend of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy

    kuan_yinKuan Yin, commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy, embodies the flame of mercy and compassion. In Eastern mythology, her name means “regarder of sounds”, indicating her ability to listen to the prayers and the cries of the people. Her heart is full of deep compassion and unconditional love.

    Kuan Yin is depicted in many forms, but she is often represented as a beautiful woman in white silk robe with a water jar and a willow branch in her hands. She is a well-known deity, not only in China, but also in countries with numerous Buddhism followers like Malaysia, Japan and Korea. She is one of the most universally beloved and one of the most popular deities of Buddhism.

    Kuan Yin’s role as Buddhist Madonna has been compared to that of Mother Mary. In addition, her names are as numerous as those with Mother Mary. To the people of China, her name is Guanyin. In Korea, she is known as Kannon. Some Taoist scriptures give her the title of Guan Yin Da Shi. Some of you have probably heard of her as Miao Shan, the Chinese princess known for her great compassion. As expected, there are also a myriad of varying stories to tell about Kuan Yin.

    One of the several stories surrounding Kuan Yin is that she chose to remain on Earth to relieve the sufferings of humanity. She was destined to become a Buddha, and has earned the right to leave the world of suffering. But out of compassion for the suffering of others, she turned back when she heard the anguished cries rising from the world. She chose to forego the final state of Buddhahood to help others attain enlightenment.

    Sometimes, Kuan Yin is depicted with a thousand arms and 11 heads. According to the legend, Kuan Yin vowed never to rest until she has freed all sentient beings from sufferings. Realizing how difficult it would be for her to fulfil this goal, Amitabha Buddha gave her 11 heads so it would be easier for her to hear the people’s pleas for help. She was also given a thousand arms to allow here to reach out to all those who needed aid.

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