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Bodhi Seeds: The Meaning and Use

November 15, 2016

Sacred Seed Series: The Spiritual Significance of Bodhi Seeds

Bodhi in sanskrit translates to “enlightened” or “awakenened,” therefore the bodhi seed means “enlightened seed.” Bodhi is also a term in Buddhism to reflect a Buddha’s understanding of the true nature of things.

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Origin of the Meaning

It is believed that while Prince Siddhartha was sitting under a bodhi tree meditating, he became Buddha through enlightenment.

Sacred Seed Malas: Why They are Meaningful to Wear

Many Buddhist wear the bodhi seeds during their meditation practices to ultimately reach enlightenment. The seeds have a special significance to all seekers of divine wisdom as it is under the bodhi tree that Buddha became enlightened.

Each seed brings a sense of peace and wisdom on the path to one’s own enlightenment. There is a teaching within each bead as they can be used for mantra counting, prayer and meditation. Invite bodhi seeds into your mindful practice and spiritual journey to enhance your awareness and connection.

Here are a few more Bodhi Seed options in our WRIST MALA COLLECTION .

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Sacred Seed Series: The Spiritual Significance of Bodhi Seeds Bodhi seeds are usually used without being polished so they have small ridges or veins showing and they are a solid color. Name and Meaning Bodhi in sanskrit translates to “enlightened” or "awakenened," therefore the bodhi seed means “enlightened seed.” Bo

Kathmandu: Bodhi Seed Beads

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Kathmandu: Bodhi Seed Beads

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Bodhi seed beads can be used for counting all types of mantras, as well as other prayers, prostrations, circumambulations, and so forth. This basic, traditional mala has 108 bodhi seed beads strung on heavy cotton or nylon cord. The larger size of these beads can be very satisfying for counting.

The Buddha Shakyamuni first found enlightenment underneath a Bodhi tree, and Bodhi seed mala is durable and its file time guarantee. This is why Bodhi seeds are one of the most important materials used to make Buddhist prayer beads. There are 108 beads on this bodhi seed mala. The number 108 is significant in Tibetan Buddhism because it represents the 108 sins one must overcome to reach nirvana. Each bead on this mala is 7 mm wide. There are six counting beads on the tassel. These counting beads are used for multiple rotations of a mantra. In Buddhism, the prayer beads are used to keep track of how many times you say a mantra. You can choose to recite the mantra as you work your way around the mala for one rotation of 108 times, or for multiple rotations. This mala is handmade in Nepal.

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