雙手並用 林鈺堂 簡繁轉換 - 繁體
Using Both Hands
Usually people tend to use mostly one particular hand, and hence both hands are not equal in abilities; as one’s age advances one side becomes more and more prone to ailments. If one could distribute workloads to both hands equally sooner in life, then the consequences would be better.
Using a mala to accompany the repetition of a Buddha Epithet or mantra, usually people also uses only one hand. Thus, it is easier for one hand to get tired, while the other hand having nothing to do. For many years now I am used to using both hands in this practice. Twist a 108-bead mala into figure 8, one hand holds the bead right next to the mother-bead (the largest one where two ends of the string get together), while the other hand holds the bead right next to the section-bead (the three beads that separate the 108 beads into 4 sections of 27 beads) right opposite to the mother-bead, so that when both hands are moving the beads the whole mala will move in one direction. In this way both hands are employed, and even in case the beads are heavy (due to size and material) no one hand would feel tired from lifting the mala over time.
If one observes the traditional custom of not crossing over mother-bead, i.e., when one reaches the mother-bead one turns around and then start moving the beads again, then one simply needs to turn around simultaneously at both hands when one hand reaches the mother-bead.
To practice chanting using malas in this way is my humble innovation for many years. This year while I was in Taipei I saw a disciple using mala with one hand, and so I demonstrated my usage to him. Today I thought of this matter and then I put it down in writing with the hope that it might benefit more Buddhist practitioners in general.
Written in Chinese and translated into English on July 24, 2016