WHAT IS A BUDDHIST ROSARY?

A juzu, japanese rosary, is the most familiar Buddhist fitting and worn on your wrist or around your neck. The name, "juzu" literally means counting the beads.

Shakyamuni showed us that there are 108 worldly passions (delusions). He also told us that you should make 108 gem rosaries and count the rosaries, praying raptly, in order to eliminate these 108 passions, and then you are given eminent virtue of the Buddha. A rosary is said to bring you the following virtue;

If you turn your rosary once, repeating the name of the Buddha... Pearls and coral bring you a hundred times as much as happiness, Soapberry a thousand times, seeds of a lotus a ten thousand times, Kongo-ju ten billion times, crystal a hundred billion times, and a linden brings you infinite happiness.


KINDS OF ROSARIES AND THE RIGHT WAY TO WEAR ONE

The numbers of the beads of the rosaries used now are based on 108, the number of worldly passions; 108, 54, 42, 27, 21, and 14. Besides, some sects use the numbers of 36 and 18, grounded on training steps.

Different doctrines have different forms; a two wheel type, a double-barreled type, a single-handed type, a bracelet, and a ring are known.

A rosary is rightly worn on your left wrist when you are sitting and is rightly held in your left hand when walking; the left hand represents the pure world of the Buddha, the right hand the religious world we walk in.

The king pin (the bead with a tuft and T-form hole) is to be put around your middle finger during the service. A rosary for one hand is to be put on eight fingers of both hands put together.