Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. These mantras can be recited for different purposes linked to working with mind. The mala is used so that one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions.
In Tibetan Buddhism malas of 108 beads are used. The material used to make the beads can vary according to the purpose of the mantras used. You can choose from a variety of wood, stone, seed, and crystal malas.
108 bead malas include a tassel and guru bead unless otherwise indicated. Wrist malas and 27-bead malas are also available.