heart of compassion malas

I make authentic Buddhist malas, using semi-precious stones and special woods and seeds. Malas are strings of prayer beads used with a mantra, held, or worn gently as a way of praying, focusing, and staying mindful. Traditionally malas are used by Buddhists, Yogis, and Hindus. But these days more and more people from all lifestyles enjoy them.
Another sDdesigns mala bag in my shop! The fabrics are delicious - woven Buddhist symbols like the Auspicious Wheel are featured in the silk brocade.

Another sDdesigns mala bag in my shop! The fabrics are delicious - woven Buddhist symbols like the Auspicious Wheel are featured in the silk brocade.

A Reclining Buddha from Leucadia Home Furnishings. Lovely Buddhas!

A Reclining Buddha from Leucadia Home Furnishings. Lovely Buddhas!

A Morning Note From Norway came today about the small bamboo coral mala I made.
This morning I awoke at my usual California time, hours after most of the world has been awake.  There was an email from a customer in Norway saying that her malas had arrived and that she loved them.
She ordered two of the more unique malas in the shop: the bamboo coral with cinnabar guru bead mala and a rosewood mala that uses carved carnelian, red jasper, horn, brass, and even acrylic beads in an homage to joy and lightness.
This one:

My Norwegian customer said that she had loaned her coral mala to a Buddha to take the picture at the top, and he returned it to her.
I love the photo because it has a simple grace.
And that’s what I wish for you, tonight and always: Simple Grace.

A Morning Note From Norway came today about the small bamboo coral mala I made.

This morning I awoke at my usual California time, hours after most of the world has been awake.  There was an email from a customer in Norway saying that her malas had arrived and that she loved them.
She ordered two of the more unique malas in the shop: the bamboo coral with cinnabar guru bead mala and a rosewood mala that uses carved carnelian, red jasper, horn, brass, and even acrylic beads in an homage to joy and lightness.
This one:
My Norwegian customer said that she had loaned her coral mala to a Buddha to take the picture at the top, and he returned it to her.
I love the photo because it has a simple grace.
And that’s what I wish for you, tonight and always: Simple Grace.
In six months will I be laughing at how I once thought these prices were high?

Hope not. 

Walking is looking better and better.

In six months will I be laughing at how I once thought these prices were high?

Hope not.

Walking is looking better and better.

Creating a variegated amethyst mala - light and dark beads, all high grade. I love the help amethyst can give to meditation practice. Helps us to not believe every thought is solid and real! But it’s grounding, too.

Creating a variegated amethyst mala - light and dark beads, all high grade. I love the help amethyst can give to meditation practice. Helps us to not believe every thought is solid and real! But it’s grounding, too.

Not really a factory, no, just the new jewelry-making bench at (Heart of) Compassion Malas. It’s a joy to have an ergonomic workspace at long last. I highly recommend finding one of these benches if you string a lot of beads or make jewelry. 
And now my tools are so organized and easy to find. 

In the front is a picture jasper mala, and four tiger ebonywood malas-to-be rest on the back shelf. 
Ahhh, bliss.

Not really a factory, no, just the new jewelry-making bench at (Heart of) Compassion Malas. It’s a joy to have an ergonomic workspace at long last. I highly recommend finding one of these benches if you string a lot of beads or make jewelry.
And now my tools are so organized and easy to find.

In the front is a picture jasper mala, and four tiger ebonywood malas-to-be rest on the back shelf.
Ahhh, bliss.