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Malas are strings of beads on which to count repeated mantras (words of spiritual or religious meaning). Last night, while researching the female bodhisattva of compassion Quan Yin (thinking I’d like to wear her in the form of a necklace or pendant), I found a collection of Quan Yin malas that would be helpful in solidifying one’s meditative practice. The famous mantra, “Om Mani Padmi Hum” (“Hail to the Jewel In the Lotus”) is associated with Quan Yin.