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Why Do Buddhist Prayer Beads Have 108 Beads?

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Why Do Buddhist Prayer Beads Have 108 Beads?

Just as there isn’t only one religion that uses prayer beads, there isn’t just one exact reason that a Mala has 108 beads.  The number 108 has significance in many places and times throughout history. It is known that there are 108 repetitions counted with mala beads. It allows the practitioner to better focus on the vibrations and sounds of the prayers or mantras. So, why are there 108 repetitions?

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