These great wood malas are said to come from the sacred Taoist and Buddhist pilgrimage region of Wu Tai Shan in China. This area also known as the Five-Peaked Mountain is believed to be the abode of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. The great Dzogchen master known as Vimalamitra is still said to reside in these mountains and many believe he still appears to furtunate disciples.
Wu Tai Shan malas are very similar in appearance and weight to sandalwood. They have a slightly redish hue with natural stripes.
Origin: Wu Tai Shan Region diameter = 10 mm width = 8 mm
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A very nice thangka of the female deity White Tara (Sitatara). She is the embodiment of compassion and is often associated with healing and longevity practices. Sometimes she is referred to as the mother of all Buddhas.
Approx Size of Painting: 40 x 53 cms Approx Size incl Brocade: 71 x 104 cms