Is it OK to wear prayer beads?
The mala can be worn as a necklace, or as a bracelet wrapped around the wrist. While some prefer to wear a shorter mala on the wrist, the longer 109-bead mala can be worn, wrapped multiple times. Tradition has it that the mala be worn on the right wrist, next to the skin, and touched by no one but the wearer.
Is it disrespectful to wear mala beads as a necklace?
Traditional malas are almost always worn on the right hand, wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. … For example, it is not appropriate for your beads, either necklaces or bracelets, to ever touch the ground.
Do you have to be Buddhist to wear mala beads?
Mala beads are used in prayer and meditation, similar to a rosary, but with mantras for each bead, rather than a prayer. … Buddhists do not always wear their beads, some actually prefer to keep them to themselves and use them only for meditation and prayer.