Huge Cabinet Sale, in store only!

We have two cabinets available at Mandala Tibetan Shop for a huge discount! These cabinets are available to purchase from our store only, so come by and check them out today!

Malas with Charms

We have some new items in stock recently, which led to the creation of a new section, malas with charms. This section includes some great malas including bodhi seed malas and sandalwood malas, each of which come with beautiful charms. The charms are connected to the malas with a lobster hook, so you could also remove the charm from the mala if you desired, or you could also move it around. Here are some photo examples of the items in this section, and we will be adding to this section in the coming days as well.

Bodhi Mala with Turquoise Spacer Beads, Lotus Flower Charm 
This lotus flower charm is my favorite charm. I love how beautiful and delicate this charm is, and this mala is one of our best-selling malas. The bodhi mala has always been popular for us, but this mala with its turquoise spacer beads is something very special.

 Sandalwood Mala with Elephant Charm 
This mala is made from sandalwood and there is an elephant charm. The elephant is very auspicious in Buddhism.

Zen Elastic String Simulated Blue Sea Sediment Jasper Stone 108 Prayer Beads Mala Wrap Bracelet with Dharma Wheel Charm 
This mala is a bit different because the charm is two sided and slides over the mala rather than using the lobster hook.

Find your spirit animal

Recently I saw Megan Fox on Conan and she explained how you can find your 'spirit animal' by combining your Western and Eastern signs. I was fascinated and had to find out the spirit animals of everyone I know and love. I was surprised how hard it was to find a chart to find your spirit animal by combining Western and Chinese astrological signs. So I thought I would paste the chart I found here so everyone can find it.

My spirit animal is the dragonfly. I was pretty happy with this, although I would have kind of preferred a mammal. My husband's spirit animal is the marmot. This I found hilarious.

My son's spirit animal was even funnier. Especially since he is almost four but has just come out of the terrible threes. (A fact no one tells you about.) My son's spirit animal is the honey badger.
It sounds like such a sweet animal, but these guys are scary. And here is the chart so you can find your spirit animal. My heart goes out to the Virgo + Rabbit.

Western Sign
Eastern Sign
Spirit Animal
Aquarius +    Dog =    Chameleon
Aquarius + Dragon =    Leopard
Aquarius + Horse =    Unicorn
Aquarius + Monkey =    Dolphin
Aquarius + Ox =    Walrus
Aquarius + Pig =    Pufferfish
Aquarius + Rabbit =    Sloth
Aquarius + Rat =    Meerkat
Aquarius + Rooster =    Bird-of-Paradise
Aquarius + Sheep =    Handfish
Aquarius + Snake =    Boa Constrictor
Aquarius + Tiger =    Panther
Aries + Dog =    Doberman Pinscher
Aries + Dragon =    Tyrannosaurus Rex
Aries + Horse =    Hammerhead Shark
Aries + Monkey =    Gorilla
Aries + Ox =    Hippopotamus
Aries + Pig =    Dodo
Aries + Rabbit =    Llama
Aries + Rat =    Piranha
Aries + Rooster =    Goldfinch
Aries + Sheep =    Catfish
Aries + Snake =    Praying Mantis
Aries + Tiger =    Rhinoceros
Cancer + Dog =    Pit Bull
Cancer + Dragon =    Hornet
Cancer + Horse =    Hermit Crab
Cancer + Monkey =    Emperor Tamarin
Cancer + Ox =    Black Bear
Cancer + Pig =    Lobster
Cancer + Rabbit =    Turtle
Cancer + Rat =    Seahorse
Cancer + Rooster =    Iguana
Cancer + Sheep =    Duck
Cancer + Snake =    Snail
Cancer + Tiger =    Vampire Bat
Capricorn + Dog =    Boxer
Capricorn + Dragon =    Eagle
Capricorn + Horse =    Salmon
Capricorn + Monkey =    Woodpecker
Capricorn + Ox =    Ant
Capricorn + Pig =    Spider
Capricorn + Rabbit =    Weaver Finch
Capricorn + Rat =    Aardvark
Capricorn + Rooster =    Bee
Capricorn + Sheep =    Mole
Capricorn + Snake =    Alligator
Capricorn + Tiger =    Komodo Dragon
Gemini + Dog =    Deer
Gemini + Dragon =    Hummingbird
Gemini + Horse =    Great White Shark
Gemini + Monkey =    Seal
Gemini + Ox =    Coyote
Gemini + Pig =    Cricket
Gemini + Rabbit =    Toucan
Gemini + Rat =    Chipmunk
Gemini + Rooster =    Parrot
Gemini + Sheep =    Centipede
Gemini + Snake =    Lemur
Gemini + Tiger =    Chimpanzee
Leo + Dog =    Shih Tzu
Leo + Dragon =    Orca
Leo + Horse =    Hyena
Leo + Monkey =    Ferret
Leo + Ox =    Sun Bear
Leo + Pig =    Quetzal
Leo + Rabbit =    Angora Rabbit
Leo + Rat =    Otter
Leo + Rooster =    Peacock
Leo + Sheep =    Swan
Leo + Snake =    Fox
Leo + Tiger =    Wolverine
Libra + Dog =    Crane
Libra + Dragon =    Porcupine
Libra + Horse =    Goose
Libra + Monkey =    Axolotl
Libra + Ox =    Elephant
Libra + Pig =    Marmot
Libra + Rabbit =    Butterfly
Libra + Rat =    Vulture
Libra + Rooster =    Pelican
Libra + Sheep =    Clownfish
Libra + Snake =    Ladybug
Libra + Tiger =    Tasmanian Devil
Pisces + Dog =    Tarsier
Pisces + Dragon =    Firefly
Pisces + Horse =    Gecko
Pisces + Monkey =    Cheetah
Pisces + Ox =    Moose
Pisces + Pig =    Zebra
Pisces + Rabbit =    Silkworm
Pisces + Rat =    Lemming
Pisces + Rooster =    Ocelot
Pisces + Sheep =    Leafy Seadragon
Pisces + Snake =    Frog
Pisces + Tiger =    Stingray
Sagittarius + Dog =    Golden Retriever
Sagittarius + Dragon =    Whale
Sagittarius + Horse =    Dove
Sagittarius + Monkey =    Roadrunner
Sagittarius + Ox =    Raccoon
Sagittarius + Pig =    Camel
Sagittarius + Rabbit =    Sugar Glider
Sagittarius + Rat =    Skunk
Sagittarius + Rooster =    Swordfish
Sagittarius + Sheep =    Tortoise
Sagittarius + Snake =    Tarantula
Sagittarius + Tiger =    Mongoose
Scorpio + Dog =    Octopus
Scorpio + Dragon =    Jaguar
Scorpio + Horse =    Dragonfly
Scorpio + Monkey =    Raven
Scorpio + Ox =    Platypus
Scorpio + Pig =    Squid
Scorpio + Rabbit =    Koala
Scorpio + Rat =    Anaconda
Scorpio + Rooster =    Owl
Scorpio + Sheep =    Panda
Scorpio + Snake =    Anglerfish
Scorpio + Tiger =    Honey Badger
Taurus + Dog =    Seagull
Taurus + Dragon =    Rattlesnake
Taurus + Horse =    Kangaroo
Taurus + Monkey =    Ostrich
Taurus + Ox =    Yak
Taurus + Pig =    Wombat
Taurus + Rabbit =    Hedgehog
Taurus + Rat =    Squirrel
Taurus + Rooster =    Beaver
Taurus + Sheep =    Buffalo
Taurus + Snake =    Jackal
Taurus + Tiger =    Wolf
Virgo + Dog =    Salamander
Virgo + Dragon =    Polar Bear
Virgo + Horse =    Giraffe
Virgo + Monkey =    Penguin
Virgo + Ox =    Sea Star
Virgo + Pig =    Gazelle
Virgo + Rabbit =    Earthworm
Virgo + Rat =    Mouse
Virgo + Rooster =    Corgi
Virgo + Sheep =    Flamingo
Virgo + Snake =    Jellyfish
Virgo + Tiger =    Narwhal

Fortune Animals in Tibetan Buddhism

        There are many different symbols of fortune in Tibetan Buddhism. These symbols include the Eight Auspicious Signs, which is probably the most well-known symbol of fortune. In addition, animals used in Buddhist art and design are popular as fortune symbols. 

        The elephant is large and strong, but as a fortune symbol the elephant represents mental and emotional strength and dependability. In Buddhism the elephant is the symbol for intellectual prowess. As a visualization tool, the gray elephant is said to represent the mind when one begins to study Buddhism, wild and running to and fro without logic, and the white elephant represents the Buddhist mind once it is well-trained and has been formed by meditation. Culturally, the elephant is a symbol for fortune and statues of elephants standing on coins are prevalent in many Asian countries. And of course, one of the most important deities in Hinduism who is also well-loved in Buddhism is Ganesh, who is an emanation of Avalokitesvara. 


Ganesh Mask, Ganesha, with Coral and Turquoise Inlay, Elephant Mask

        The Garuda is a bird who is known as the king of the birds. An enemy of snakes, the Garuda protects from snakebite, and other poisons. The Garuda appears in the form of a bird’s head with a human body. As a symbol, the Garuda destroys jealousy and hate. When the Garuda expands his wings they represent an infinite freedom of the mind. Untethered by hate or jealousy, the mind can expand and encompass all things, and we can learn and grow. 

        The Lion is proud and majestic and strong. The lion travels in a group and never alone. In Buddhism, the lion symbolizes the Bodhisattvas. The lion is also a protector of the dharma. Statues and artwork of ‘snow lions’ permeate Tibetan Buddhism, although there are no lions living in Tibetan or Nepal (though there are tigers living in Nepal. Snow lions in art are usually white or blue. Lions are usually shown in pairs and are used for protection in front of temples and monasteries. 

 Snow Lion Statue

        The peacock symbolizes wisdom in Buddhism. It is said that the peacock is able to eat poison and turn that poison into good for those who practice dharma. The peacock is likened to a bodhisattva because they can take the evil of the world and transform it into good. Because the bodhisattva only cares for followers of the dharma, and are themselves free of evil thoughts, they are able to transform ugliness into good. By eating the poison in the world the peacock can then transform that evil into something beautiful as shown in the beautiful colors of their wings. Peacocks are often shown in pairs as a fortune animal.

Lokta lantern 

        In Tibetan Buddhism, the horse is symbolic of the energy we put forth to study the dharma. The wind horse, also known as lungta, floats on the wind with vigorous energy, and he can choose his path, just like we can choose our path or direction when we practice Buddhism. The wind horse is one of the most important symbols in Tibetan Buddhism, and it originally was a symbol for the form of Tibetan Buddhism that is most closely related to Shamanism, and was practiced by the people (Mi-cho- religion of humans). In Tibetan people use the wind horse in their speech in daily life, and the phrase rlung rta dar ba which means an increase in the wind horse, and it is used to describe a situation when things are going well for someone, or they are having good luck. The wind horse is shown on many prayer flags throughout Tibet and Nepal.

Neon lungta (wind horse) prayer flags 

New Wood Thangka Paintings

We have a great selection of 'thangkas' painted on wood boards and we just posted some great new designs. These wood boards are hand-painted in Nepal by our master craftsmen. They have all the feel of a beautiful thangka, and on a wood board these are even more exquisite than a thangka.

Amitabha Wood Thangka, Buddhist Wood Painting

This wood board is 22 x 18 x 1.25 inches wide. It features the Buddha Amitabha (the Buddha of Infinite Light). Amitabha is the savior Buddha in the Pure Land sects of Buddhism, and he is also an important deity in China and Japan.

Guru Rinpoche Wood Thangka Painting

This wood board features Guru Rinpoche, and it is 22 x 18 x 1.25 inches. Guru Rinpoche is also called the Precious Master, and he is the father of Tibetan Buddhism.

Ashmatangala, Eight Auspicious Signs Wood Carving

This wood board was handmade in Nepal. The Ashmatangala in the center of the painting and the border around the painting is carved in a raised pattern. The Ashmatangala, or Eight Auspicious Signs, is the most well-known group of symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. This painting is 18 x 18 x 2.5 inches.

New Prayer Beads Bracelets with Charms- Choose your Charm to make a Beautiful Wrist Mala

We have a number of new wrist malas in stock with a charm on the end of the mala. You can choose between a tree of life charm, a brass tree of life charm, a two-sided tree of life charm, an om symbol charm, or a Buddha head charm.

This mala was handmade in Nepal from dragon eye bodhi seed beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 12 mm wide and there are 14 beads. The charm shown with this wrist mala is the brass tree of life charm. This charm is 1 inch wide and long. The charm clips on and off.

Bodhi Seed Wrist Mala

This wrist mala was handmade from turquoise howlite beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 10 mm wide. The charm shown on this wrist mala is the two-sided silver tree of life charm.

Turquoise wrist mala with charm

This wrist mala is made from magnetic hematite beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 8 mm wide and there are 24 beads on this wrist mala. You can choose the charm for this wrist mala, the charm shown in this photo is the silver om symbol.
Hematite Prayer Beads Bracelet

This wrist mala was handmade in Nepal. There are 16 beads and 1 guru bead on this wrist mala. The charm shown on this wrist mala is the Buddha head charm.
Buddhist Wrist Mala

This wrist mala is made from synthetic jade beads, dyed yellow. This wrist mala was handmade in Nepal and the charm shown on this wrist mala is the silver tree of life charm.
Buddhist Prayer Beads

New Loose Beads in our Tibetan Beads Section

We have over 20 new beads in our Tibetan beads section. Our new beads range from core beads that can make up the bulk of your mala or jewelry, and we also have decorative beads that make wonderful spacer beads, and guru beads for the end of your mala. Malas can be made in a variety of different ways. Some malas simply have the beads that make up the mala and the guru bead. Some malas are knotted between each bead. Other malas have a guru bead and three spacer beads around the mala between every 27 beads. Spacer beads help you track where you are in your meditation as you move around the mala (even with your eyes closed). For this reason it is best if the beads used for spacer beads are either larger or smaller than the beads that make up the rest of the mala. Guru beads are also traditionally larger than the other beads on the mala, and there are two parts to guru beads- the top of the guru bead which is a bead with three holes, and the bottom of the mala where the tassel is pulled through. Making a mala where the main beads are made from gemstones, wood, or seed beads like lotus seeds or bodhi seeds, and then using brass or silver beads for the spacer beads and guru beads, makes a very lovely and striking mala design.

This is a set of 10 beads. Each bead has the auspicious cloud design around the outside of the bead. These beads are great for many jewelry styles, and can also be used for a mala. These beads are made from silver alloy.

Auspicious Cloud Design Silver Beads

Silver Spacer Beads

Silver Bead

There are 5 beads sold in this set. Each bead has the endless knot, also known as the eternity knot design on both sides of the bead. These beads are made from brass alloy. These beads made beautiful spacer beads for your mala.

Eternity Knot Beads

Endless Knot Beads

This is a set of three guru beads. The beads are made from silver alloy. There are auspicious signs on both sides of each bead. These are beautiful guru beads that will really make your custom mala stand out.

Silver Guru Bead

Silver Guru

Silver Guru Bead