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Tendai Ohira Juzu Japanese Black Banded Ebony wood Prayer beads Kyoto Buddhism Zen dhyāna
Material : Black ebony wood, Silk cord (not stretch)
Head bead : about 16mm
Main beads : about 12mm
Disciple beads : about 8-9mm
Length : about 27cm
Handmade in Kyoto, JAPAN
Black Banded ebony wood, originating from Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) in central Indonesia, this timber is one of the rarest and most expensive timbers available worldwide. It is characterized by a distinctly striped wood pattern, with a fairly light-colored strip running roughly on dark brown or black ground. The scarcity is doubled by the fact that trees do not grow greatly.
In Japan, Buddhists have Prayer beads (Juzu, Nenju). Kyoto is famous as a producing center of Prayer beads.Prayer beads are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name.
This Prayer beads is Tendai's one. Tendai is a school of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan, a descendant of the Chinese Tiantai or Lotus Sutra school. A center of Japanese Tendai "Enryaku-ji temple" is on Mount Hiei, Northern Kyoto. It's also famous as UNESCO World Heritage Site.