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What is the Guru Bead Know about the Guru Bead of the Tibetan Mala

There is a three-holed bead besides the 108 beads, which is called Master Bead and tower, also called Guru.



tibetan mala

From the above picture, you will see what is a "Guru". A guru bead can be the same materal with the 108 beads, or different materials. Generally speaking, the "Guru bead" should be larger than the 108 beads.

Now in the Tibet, most Tibetan prayers do not pass over the guru bead, nstead theyreverse direction by turning the mala around, and starting a new circuit of 100, going back the way they came. We are not sure, honestly, why people do this, and they just do it out of habit rather than for any special reason. (We are told some people believe that if you continue in the same direction and cross over the guru bead, it is like stepping over your teacher.)

We have various types of Mala's Guru Beads for selection. Please check here to see if you can find any guru beads you want.

silver om mantra guru

agate guru bead for mala

Yak horn mala's guru


We design buddhist malas with the local tibetan belief. Many old malas were collected from the local temple and local tibetan prayers. The malas from Buddhist-Malas.com are not only a tool for praying, but also a beautiful artwork.