Reviews from Community

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below, and it may be published here. Your appreciation is what makes making malas here in the US
worthwhile, sincerest warmth and thanks to our loyal customers over so many years!

Cynthia F.

Hi, I received my tiger’s eye mala yesterday. I love, love , love it. It is the perfect weight, size and I know it will help me to become consistent again in my practice. Thank you so much for a beautiful mala.

Cynthia F.June 9, 2016 Reno, NV.
Heather L.

Just received the mala bracelets I ordered and I’m really totally impressed with the quality. Especially for the price. Ordered 4 for a variety of reasons and can’t wait to add to my practice. Will definitely be ordering from this site again, highly recommend.

Heather L."Loving this site" Feb 2, 2016 USA
Jayme G.

I bought these three: 8mm Onyx & White Jade Mala Mini Mala- White Jade Necklace Freshwater Pearl Mala They are truly GORGEOUS!!! They are genuine and just so beautiful! They are made very well! I really have no complaints at all about these. They are even more beautiful in person. I will only buy from here now on! They arrived great time and packaged well. The bags are pretty and good quality. Well worth EVERY penny! I have my wishlist started of all the ones I will buy in time! I feel the power of these and I am so thankful! Thank you for the amazing work on these and for having this store! Buy from here, you truly will not regret it!!!

Jayme G.I bought 3 Malas… Nov 3, 2015 Rigby ID US
Cassie J.

I want to start by thanking you for the shipment of my beautiful malas! …
Your quality is wonderful and I thank you for that! Thank you so much!

Happy day!
Cassandra J.

Cassie J.Loveland Colorado, March 15, 2015
Hope M.

I just received The Bliss Mala and it is beautiful! The stones
are in shades of light pink, pink and pinkish-grey. I am sure to get
plenty of compliments. Thanks you so much for an amazing mala.

Hope M.Jul 21, 2014 Kent OH
Kenneth C.

Amazing! Pure Sandalwood Mala Prayer…

All I have to say is WOW! I purchased my first mala from and I had no idea what to expect. I received it in the
mail just a few short days after purchasing and I have to say that I am
more than pleased. It is exactly what I was hoping for and more. The
mala is real sandalwood and the scent is very powerful in a good way. It
has a soothing and calming effect that can not be explained. After
reading reviews about sandalwood malas I learned that most are just
scented with oil and sold as real pure sandalwood. I can say that this
mala is legit. The construction is superb and better than expected, the
beads are all “matching” and the free mala bag is great. I was surprised
to find a little booklet about malas and mantras. The price of the mala
is very affordable and I can’t believe that this is what I received. I
am going to purchase another mala from for sure. I
purchased the Pure Sandalwood Mala Prayer Beads (SKU: MA-65) and
everything about them made me a loyal customer. To all at,thank you so much for everything and you will hear from
me again. With much happiness and love, Ken. Namaste.

Kenneth C.Sacramento CA Feb 19, 2014
Brian B.

Great Product, Great Company

I received exactly what I ordered. My beads have been with me for
several months now and my Mala was well crafted. They shipped the
product quickly. I will be ordering again in the near future and
consider Sakura Designs my go to for all future purchases.

Brian B.Branson MI Feb 7, 2014
Lauren S.

Green Tibetan Turquoise Mala

Just received my 108-bead mala in the mail, and it is more than I had
hoped for. The color is spectacular, the beads have a great feel, and
the entire mala has a beautiful energy to it. I can tell it was made
with good intentions, and that is what truly makes or breaks a product.
So glad I found your site! Thank you for making such a lovely product!

Lauren S.Rosedale, MD Jun 17, 2013
Michael M

Bodhi Seed and Lapis Tibetan Mala

I was pretty excited when I ordered this mala, but I have to say,
it’s absolutely beautiful. Definitely the nicest mala I have ever owned.
The construction is high quality and solid, and the adornments and
extra touches are really great. Worth every penny.

Michael MAustin TX Feb 22, 2013
Schavi M.

Powerful Healing Energy!

I have purchased several malas from you at Sakura Designs and have
been extremely happy with all of them. I want to take a few moments to
share my experiences with the Boddhi Seed with Turquoise mala that I
purchased. I have studied that it takes approximately 40 days for a mala
to be thoroughly “seeded” with whatever mantra we chant into it;
however, as soon as we begin chanting, the mantra energy starts to flow.
As soon as I beheld my Boddhi Seed with Turquoise mala, I felt a sense
of great peace and joy. When I started chanting, I seemed to be
completely relaxed and balanced. I feel that whoever strings a mala
places his or her energy into it initially, and thus, I feel that you at
Sakura Designs are very sincere and loving people who are serious about
your spirituality, and it envelops the malas that you create. Your
malas arrive with comforting and healing energy already implanted within
them. We are blessed to own malas from you. Namaste!

Schavi M.Farmington Hills MI Jan 14, 2013

Lotus seed mala

The pictures on your site do not do it justice. I, too, never send in
a review, but now I have to. My mala arrived the day before
Thanksgiving, and I am so thankful I found it here. I have been looking
for ‘the one’ for months! The craftsmanship is unsurpassed, and I can’t
even describe the peace and grace that emanate from it. Thank you for
this beautiful, beautiful mala that will be my constant companion for
years to come! Deep and grateful thanks! *Namaste*

JayleneColorado Springs CO
Peter S.

Very Beautiful

I bought the Amethyst and Tiger’s eye wrist mala, originally looking
to use them for japa and wearing on the wrist as jewelry. After seeing
how amazing the craftsmanship is today, it is hard to not treat them as
an object worth being sacred. I now place them on the mantle in my room.
I am quite satisfied with the craftsmanship of both wrist malas. I will
be looking forward to ordering a 108 bead mala in the future. Thank you

Peter S.Cathedral City CA Oct 26, 2012
Schavi M.

Sacred Redwood and Dzi Beads

Namaste! I just received my latest mala from you–the Redwood and Dzi
Beads–and I just had to let you know that it is absolutely fabulous! As
soon as I opened the package, I was astounded by the gorgeous wooden box
which housed my sacred mala as well as the beautiful pouch. This
“one-of-a-kind” mala is definitely befitting of its name. It felt
calming, healing, protective and peaceful as soon as I touched it. I
have purchased several malas from you in the past, and I will continue
to do so. I appreciate the quality and the quick delivery. May you be
blessed at Sakura Designs for all that you continue to do to help to
elevate the consciousness of our world. Aum Sat Tat! Schavi M.

Schavi M.Southfield MI Aug 4, 2012
Dan E.

Beautiful Malas

Thank You. The two malas I ordered for my wife and myself arrived
very timely. When we opened the packaging we were stunned by the beauty
and craftsmanship. This is my first Buddhist Mala. Well done. You have
my business for life. If you are reading this review do not hesitate.
You will not be disappointed.

Dan E.Flat Rock MI Jul 19, 2012
Edward B

Zen Style Mala

I’m so happy!!!

Edward BLos Angeles CA Jun 7, 2012

Hematite & Tigers Eye Mala

First, let me start by stating that normally I am not one to write
reviews no matter how amazing the product is, however, I had to write
one this time. I received my Mala a few days ago and was shocked at the
craftsmanship. This Mala is STUNNING! I bought 2 other Malas – Lapis
Mala (Reconstructed) & Onyx & Mother of Pearl Mala – which are
just as beautiful. I stared at them in awe for a good 20 minutes before I
could put them down. I am new to the Buddhist practice but I am happy I
will be able to start off right with these beautiful Malas. I cannot
Thank You enough. I will be back to buy more not only for myself but as
gifts as well.

ElitaUS May 27, 2012
Schavi M.

I am always delighted with my mala purchases, and I have several
malas from you. I recently ordered the “Bliss Mala” and a Lotus Seed
Mala, and they both are fabulous! They are very well made and have a
spiritual vibration to them that can be felt as soon as the package is
opened. My first purchase some time ago was the “Pure Sandalwood” mala,
and now I have six more malas form you. I chant a specific mantra into
each one. Thank you for such beautiful sacred malas. The fact that they
arrive so quickly is also a plus. May you be blessed! Namaste, Schavi M.

Schavi M.Southfield MI Jun 23, 2012
Nita A.

108 Swarvoski Crystal Mala

I never take the time to write a review. I get
what I expect and it never occurs to me to go out of my way to write a
review about what is expected. However, when I received my mala from you
today, I was firstly delighted by the speedy delivery! Then, when I
opened the box the mala was so gorgeous it took my breath away and
stilled my mind. I could never have anticipated such beauty. Rainbows
that glisten from every bead … the feeling of dazzling light energy …
WOW! I just could not stop staring at it … it is mesmerizing! I wanted
to thank you and my husband said “write a review to thank them” … so
here I am, expressing my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the
skill that went into making this mala and I can feel it was made with
great love and care because this mala feels sacred. Thank you! Nita,
Cincinnati, Ohio

Nita A.Cincinnati OH Mar 26, 2012
Daniel L

Sandalwood Mala

Dear Sakura Staff, I have received my order of
the Sandalwood Mala with the snake knot last week and I most say that I
am extremely satisfied with you service, speed, and product quality. You
guys have earned by business long-term. I do have one complaint though:
I really wished you could make a bracelet mala form with sandalwood. I
promise to be your first buyer if you guys ever come out with that.
Truly though, thank you so much. May you reap great merit for your work.
Sincerely Yours DL

Daniel LCA US Mar 18, 2012
Karl B.

108 Bead Amethyst Mala

I have been doing japa since I met my guru in
1979 and have owned many malas. Never however have I used a mala which
feels so natural and easy as my new amethyst mala from Sakura Designs.
When I opened the package, I just stared in admiration at the
craftmanship and beauty – very attractive purple beads set off by clear
crystal markers with a big cotton tassel. When I began to use it I said
to myself this is the best mala I have ever owned. Thank you Sakura

Karl B.Glassboro NE Mar 4, 2012
Eveline S.

Quartz Crystal Custom Mala

Dear Sakura Design, Thank you very much indeed
for the beautifully made quartz crystal mala which arrived today. The
beads are evenly calibrated and not strung too tightly – just right.
Also, your presentation with the box, silk pouch, and mala manual was
lovely. I will happily be using this mala for a long time!

Eveline S.Henderson NV Feb 8, 2012

Tigers Eye Mala Prayer Beads

Recently, I ordered the Tigers Eye Mala Prayer
Beads (Item #MA-80). I was very surprised that the beads looked just as
beautiful as they did on the company’s website. I am very satisfied with
the quality of the beads and the free mala bag that came along with it.
I would recommend Sakura Designs to my friends.

JuanHammond IN Feb 7, 2012

Outstanding service
I have been a customer of Sakura Designs for just over 5 years
now. Everything I have received from already made malas, to imported
malas, to custom malas have been nothing short of perfection. In fact I
am waiting on my now 4th custom mala and I already know it too will be
perfect. The service provided by Sakura Designs is bar none. Fast
shipping, and even faster responses to questions. The materials used are
beautiful and well made on every mala. I have learned to make my own
prayer beads now but I still come back to Sakura Designs time and time
again (cant even come close to doing a snake knot like they have
perfected) Even if you are not a Buddhist and you are looking for some
universal meditation or prayer beads I urge you to try Sakura Designs.
May all beings be well and happy

SteveSpotsylvania VA Feb 5, 2012
Samuel T.

mala bead order

Sakura Designs, I just wanted to let you know
that the turquoise and coral mala beads I ordered came in today’s mail
(12/24) – a timely arrival, as I will be away on a trip beginning
Monday, 12/26. I am very happy with the design of the set, the beautiful
bag, and the whole manner of presentation. Best wishes for this holiday
season. Sam T.

Samuel T.Madisonville KE Dec 24, 2011
Spencer B.

Tibetan Rosewood Mala

I got my Tibetan Rosewood Mala today and once
again, Sakura Designs has come through with another great product. The
design is beautiful as is the quality of the product. I am once again
very happy with my mala and the timely delivery. Thank you Sakura
Designs! I will be ordering again soon. Metta!

Spencer B.Yorkville IL Nov 21, 2011

Tiger Eye Mala
Procured the wrist and 108 Tiger Eye Mala about a
year ago and absolutely love both of them. Gifted my Budo teacher a 108
wood mala as well. Best design on the net. ~Rai

RaijinMiami FL Oct 9, 2011
Lisa W.

After researching many sites for Malas ( and trying to make my own ) , I
finally decided to order from .We are in total love ! I
was able to find EXACTLY what my Husband wanted – 108 in Hematite &
Tigers eye , for me The Bliss Mala – 108 Lepidolite & Jade , it is
perfection ; both products were exactly as pictured on the website. The
shipping was only a few days , quite faster than I expected . We will
definitely order again from here !

Lisa W.Colorado Springs
Thomas D.

I wanted to let you know that I have received the lapis mala with a snake
knot yesterday and it is simply exquisite. I have not seen another that
shows the same quality and care in choice of materials and workmanship.
Such a delicate and regal item is really more than what should be in these
hands for practice. I thank you for your work and time.

Thomas D.US
Specncer B

Tiger Eye Mala and Mala Counters
I received my mala and counters today and am very pleased at the quality
and craftmanship! The Tiger Eye mala is beautiful and is everything I
hoped it would be and more. Very high quality ! The counters I ordered
for it are great as well. 100 percent fully satisfied with my purchase
and delivery time. I will be shopping here again and tell all my friends
to do the same. You guys are AWESOME! I am also very happy about the
quick responses I got back from questions I sent. I cannot say enough
good things about Sakura Designs. Great prices, great products. You have
a customer for life! Thank you very much!

Specncer BYorkville, IL
Joseph O

Wow. Thank you so much.

I love all your mala designs. I received mine much earlier than
expected and am quite impressed. I can not put it down. I love the
design and intend to buy more. Thank you

Joseph OHaines City FL Jun 2, 2011
Anne L

This is The One

I received my Sandalwood Mala and love the look and aroma of it as I
assumed I would. I also ordered a Bodhi seed wrist bracelet just out of
curiosity and I love it. Took a few days of getting used to the unusual
smell of the bodhi seeds and a while to get used to it and now bodhi
seed malas are my favorite [ I ordered a praying bodhi mala from you
today]. I especially love the larger beads [seeds] and the feel and
texture in my hand. I also like the elasticity of the bracelet. I find
myself wearing it and taking it off frequently just to feel and
contemplate. A well-made durable product.

Anne LNew York NY Sep 1, 2011

I just received my gorgeous “Pure Sandalwood” mala after just having
ordered it this week, and it is absolutely lovely! As your on-line
information says, it is a “true treasure”. I will definitely be ordering
more malas from you. You are the best company that I have researched.
You are a blessing to our planet at this time May everyone at “Sakura”
be continually healthy, happy and prosperous.

AliSouthfeld, MI

Order #7689 – received yesterday and even better than expected. LOVE your product, site, price, timeliness. THANKS.

L L Manhattan Beach, CA


I was astounded to arrive home to find my mala had arrived in
Australia only 5 days after ordering it. I ordered the Swarovski
crystal mala and it really is truly magnificent. Never have I seen such
a beautiful mala and I can assure you I have seen just about everyone
available at Boudha. I am so looking forward to having it blessed by my
teacher and using it for my retreat.

JaneNS Dec 24, 2010
Amanda W

Wonderful malas! great service!

I had a few questions regarding the Lotus seed Mala i purchased! my
questions were answered quickly and they were very helpful! the Mala
arrived very fast. in fact faster than i anticipated! the whole
experience was fast and friendly and the only hard part was choosing
which Mala to order! =) i am very grateful to Sakura Designs for their
helpful service and wonderful selection on Malas! i am excited to
purchase here some more and whats great about these is that they make
great Dharma gifts to friends and loved ones! my next purchase will be
for myself and my sister! Thank-you Sakura Designs!! -Namaste

Amanda WJacksonville FL Aug 23, 2010

Coral Abacus Mala

I received my red coral abacus mala today and I am so pleased. It
is beautifully made and looks like a piece of jewelry. I am grateful
that I had the opportunity to own something as beautiful. I ordered
several items from Sakura designs before and I have never been
disappointed. They have the best Dharma items for your Buddhist

RodelChicago IL Jul 9, 2010
Truman F


This company is awesome!! They are so kind and they dont seem
stressed, as most companies do, May they live and prosper in peace….

Truman FMorgan City LO Jun 24, 2010

Thank you for the two strands of gemstone and bodhi malas that I
recently purchased from your site. They were perfectly beaded as
ordered and shipped so quickly!

OliverWashington DC Mar 31, 2010
Mike S

Bodhi Seed Mala
I received my new Mala a day or so ago. It’s exactly as advertised
and arrived in less time than I thought. From the day I ordered to the
time it arrived at my door was three days – from Boulder to the Eastern
US. Thank you, and I plan on using you for future purchases

Mike SLoganville GA
Christine B

I just received my red tiger eye mala and just
wanted you to know that I am SO pleased with it. The bag alone is
absolutely gorgeous (and a nice size so you don’t have to cram the beads
into it like others I’ve had)…. but the BEADS, the MALA – WONDERFUL. It
is exactly what I was hoping for; the vibration and energy of the
stones is so high; and my chanting practice will step up to a new level
with this! THANK YOU for your beautiful work. It is obvious that you
“sentient beings” who make these malas are living the Dharma. N’amaste.

Christine BGolden Valley, AZ
Michael C

“ I would like like to
congratulate Sakura Designs on terms of a high quality product at a fair
price. I was very satisfied with the Kyoto Lapis Lazuli 108 bead mala
which I received in a very timely manner only three days after I had
placed the order online. The product I inspected was of higher quality
workmanship than I had expected and it is very sturdy. A true heirloom
piece, It will be handed down from generation to generation in my family
and your company can certainly expect further business from me and
others I recommend it to. Thank you for your time and effort.

Michael CNE
Benny A

I just wanted to say that I was soooo impressed
with your site and the quality of your product……..such so that I am
having a difficult time in finding the one I want. Perhaps I shall order
more than one. Thank you again for the craftsmanship and quality that
should attend all malas, but don’t. All the best,

Benny AUS
Diana D

Hello, Dawn,

I have just received the beautiful mala and am thrilled with it.
With thanks and best wishes,

Diana DGB

Dear Sir/Madam,

I received the above order today. I am more than pleased with my purchases and the prompt service you provide.
I am sure I will use this service again!

Mark R

I would like to thank you for the expedient
service I received. My order was exactly as described on your website,
excellent quality and was delivered quickly… within 3 days. This kind of
customer service is becoming rare these days. It is appreciated and I
will continue to order from your website with confidence and pleasure.
Best Regards,

Mark RRedondo Beach, CA
Josette J

Dear Dawn,

The mammoth bone mala took me by surprise. There is such an exquisite
elegance to it that it really touched my heart and brought a tear to my
eye. I want to thank you for the lovely red and pink silk bag. I had
asked for a brown bag but this is beyond what I was looking for and I am
very pleased to have it. Thank you for your kindness in dealing with
me. I appreciate it.

Josette JUS
Lani S

Received them today, they are stunning, i’ve ordered two more.

thank you and happy new year!


Lani SPleasonton, CA
Loes M

Your beautiful fancy Jasper Mala ( order 4443) just arrived.
Thank you!
Kind regards,

Loes MNetherlands
Jon M

Hi there,

Just wanted to let you know I received the mala today.. I can’t be
happier with how quickly you got it to me, as well as the absolute
beauty of it…

Thank you again!

Jon MHouston, ME
Lisir C

I recently ordered 3 malas from you. I received them this week. I just
wanted to let you know that the quality of your malas (both the stones
themselves and the workmanship) are far superior to any I have bought in
India, ordered from special “mala sites” or bought at ashrams here in
the US. They are truly beautiful and wonderful for doing japa.
thank you,
melinda s.

Dear Buddhist Mala personnel, I had recently
purchased your Tibetan Coral & Turquoise Mala and were pleasantly
surprised with the quality of your mala.
Thanks & Regards,

Lisir CSingapore
Sal F

Just received my shipment of lapis lazuli,
sandalwood and cedarwood malas. They are so beautiful. Thanks for the
quick and hassle free service, I’ll pass your details onto my friends at
the meditation centre.

Sal FQueesnland, AU
Rajinda P

I love the mala, it makes me feel divinity

Rajinda PIrving TN Oct 31, 2009
Janet P

The quality of the Tiger Eye Mala is superb! Also purchased the Amethyst
Mala and it also is of excellent quality. I’ve been wanting a mala for a
long time but they are very expensive at our local shop. The prices
here are by far the best for the quality! Shipping was very quick too.
Thank you very much.

Janet PPowhatan VA Oct 13, 2009
Melinda S

exquisite malas

These are, by far, the most beautiful malas I have ever found. The
“hand-feel” (for doing japa practice) is extraordinary, the stones are
lovely and the workmanship is of a very high quality. They are made to
last a long time. This is the first time that the actual object exceeds
the photograph, in my experience.

Melinda SBoston MA Oct 9, 2009

Bodhi seed Mala

The Bodhi seed mala that I have received is the most beautiful mala I
have ever seen. The texture is absolutely exquisite. The colors of the
dark bodhi wood, bright red coral, and the light blue turquoise blend in
harmoniously! I highly recommend on purchasing this mala.

DustinSan Dimas CA Sep 4, 2009
Holly F


My package arrived in Qatar safe and sound. It is very beautiful. Thank you

Holly FQatar
Renée K

Thank you! and for the beautiful reminder from the Dalai Lama!
Much Metta to you!

Renée KUS
Kevin W

Dear Sakura Designs,

I just wanted to tell you how incredibly happy I am with the wrist
malas that arrived this week. I have tried many different places for
high quality wrist malas, but yours are definitely a step above the
rest. (I was actually so frustrated with the poor quality of others that
I stopped wearing them.) I’m so glad to have found you!

Kevin WUS
Joseph G

You’all have done an incredible job, it is
wonderful…can you custom make me counters out of small Lapis and Silver,
perhaps next month?

Thank you SO much,

Joseph GUS
Danny Y

Just received my Mala, thanx this was fast and it’s beautiful!!
Have a great day…


Danny YUS
Tammy H

We received the malas and dzi bracelets and are truly appreciative of
your care in design and respect in presentation. The bone mala is
perfect and I love the three beads you chose to balance the guru bead.
We will certainly be availing ourselves of your services again. Thank you for providing these precious items.
Best regards,

Anthony G

I love my 108 bead 8mm baltic amber Mala so much
that I ordered the matching honey colored wrist Mala just days later!
Both are now complimented with a beautiful hand carved Guru bead. The
108 is very simply knotted with the two strands coming down from the
finishing knot under the Guru but both strands are adorned with three
little 7mm amber beads per strand. So it’s very simple but very
beautiful. Every time I open the pouch, for either Mala, you can smell
the beautiful faint aroma of pine that’s associated with natural amber
incense. Anyone familiar to real amber knows the smell and you can tell
it’s genuine amber… and beautiful to boot! To have it on my person
brings a feeling of warmth and happiness that further proves the power
and authenticity of these amber prayer beads, & meditation with
these beads is beyond words for me.

Anthony GWest Seneca, NE
Niena J

I bought the Tibetan rosewood and turquoise as
my first Mala and, since it was already a pretty low price plus it was
on sale, I was simply hopeful that the energy would feel right in them. I
received them two days after USPS e-mailed me confirming that they
would be receiving a package from this site. Not only do they feel
right, they are beautiful! I’m very pleased with this product and I will
recommend this site to others. Thank you for making these items
available. You are assisting the world with your products!

Niena JCharlotte, NC
Andrew S

I just LOVE my Tibetan Red Coral and Turquoise
mala for my Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantric practice! I am very
impressed with the high quality and craftsmanship of your malas! I am
also very impressed at your beautiful website. You are a Bodhisattva!
You are helping all sentient beings and especially Buddhist
practitioners with your work. Thank You!!!

May the Buddha’s Bless your Mind,

Andrew SOntario, CA
Michael K

The mala I chose….a stained lotus seed mala….is
beautiful….robust, delicate, and sacred all at once. Thank you Sakura
Designs for offering such finely crafted merchandise….and thanks, too,
to the craftspeople who assembled the mala.

Michael KPhiladelphia, PA

I cannot express how much I love the mala I
purchased from Where do I start?? It is exactly what I
wanted and even better than described. I had been looking for a genuine
sandalwood mala
for a few weeks. At first I thought, I’m going with the cheapest option
available: Ebay. After contacting several sellers, I realized that what
I was going to get was some cheap beaded necklace with NO scent… I
really wanted a quality mala with a natural scent..and I wasn’t going to
get it by reaching for the cheapest options on the net.

So as I googled away looking for other purchasing alternatives I
stumbled upon First of all after searching literally
more websites than I can count, this is the first one I came across with
such a vast array of choices. And the pictures and measurements gave an
REALLY great description of what one can purchase.

At first I thought, hmmm this IS a bit more than I wanted to spend
but reading the descriptions for items it was clear that you were
getting what you pay for….quality. The website also informed me that
those $10 sandalwood malas I had looked at on other various websites
where probably cheap and soaked in sandalwood oil…meaning that it would
probably fall apart relatively soon and that it would probably have a
lovely scent….for about a week…then nothing. I read this and was like
What?! I wanted to get it for cheap but I also expected a quality

So after a day of pondering I decided, hey why not spend a little
more if it’s going to be worth it. So I get my mala in the mail and
seriously I am in love. Firstly, you can tell by looking at it that it
is extremely well made. Mine is pure sandalwood with three beautiful red
jasper beads. And second, the smell!!! It’s heavenly. Not overwhelming,
not annoyingly subtle. Purfect potency of scent. To top it off it came
with a very lovely mala bag…not that I am ever taking this off lol.

Anyway, really I cannot sing the praises of my purchase from enough. I buy a lot of stuff online and I don’t ever
write reviews for anything….but in this case I made an exception. Very
satisfied with my purchase!

V.V.Willimantic CT
Teena L

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how absolutely thrilled I
am with my new mala. Just to give some history, I bought a mala a
couple of years ago when I began practicing. The problem was that it had
107 beads. I dealt with it for a couple of years and then decided to
get a new one (yak bone) from a company that said they give a portion of
the profits to the Tibetan refugees. As soon as the mala arrived I
noticed the beads where half the size they should have been. It also
broke as I was taking it out of the bad as they had strung it with
cotton thread and not very good cotton thread at that. Finally I decided
to spend a the extra money and purchase a higher quality mala. After
several months I saved up enough and started researching companies. Your
company was at the top of my list. I went a head and purchased the Bodhi Seed and Stone Mala (Lapis and Silver).
I just received it today and it is amazing. I am very pleased. Finally,
I have a decent mala to use in my practice. I am very happy. Thank you
very much for producing such a wonderful product.

Hello All,

I just got my order from Buddhist Mala and am in LOVE with the quality of
the beads and the bags. I am sooo happy I got these today – I was stressed
at work. Perfect timing. I will pass you along to all who wander my way.

Thank you and have a GREAT day all.

Teena LUS

This is my second mala purchase from Sakura and I am very satisfied with
the malas that I received. I got the red Bone Mala from the Tibet
Collection today. It is so beautiful and I love it. It is as finely made
as the Green Jade Mala that I had ordered before it. I am also happy to
know that it was made by Tibetan Nuns and buying it helps their
community in some way. It will be a good friend to me as I use it in my

RodelChicago, IL
Daniele T

I have received my black onyx mala today. It’s a
beautiful piece of craftsmanship, a wonderful meditation aid. I forgot
the counters in my order, but I have placed another one just few minutes
ago! I will tell of to many people! Thank you very
much. In the Dharma,

Daniele TTorino TO IT

I ordered two malas from your store, a 108-bead
bone mala and a 27-bead rosewood mala. Both are beautiful. They are
excellent products, and I am very excited to use them and incorporate
them into my meditations.

Rodel D

I received my Jade mala today. It is beautifully
made and I love it! The bag that came with it is very nice too. I’d
been looking for a Jade mala for a long time and the first time I saw
this mala in the internet, I knew that it is the one. I’m also glad to
know that it is made with love and prayers by people who knows the
Dharma teachings. I know that I will treasure it and use it often in

Rodel DChicago, IL
Jason J

I just wanted to write and say that my package
arrived today, I was surprised at how fast it got all the way here.
thank you so much for all of your help, and everything is very
beautiful. I appreciate the magazine and the extra pack of cord as well,
I wont be able to find anything close to either of those out here. also
thank you for the mala bag, the tassles and the box. I wasn’t expecting
so much, and the surprise was a welcome one. several hours of
meticulous toil and i am finished, the snakeknot proved more difficult
then i imagined, but the finished product is pretty good. thank you so

Jason JUS Military, Iraq
Susanna S

I have placed three orders and I am getting
ready for the forth. The quality of the products I have ordered are
absolutely outstanding. I have ordered several bracelets for me and my
husband. I have received so many compliments on them and have been asked
what they mean. I love that you also include on your site an
explanation of the item. I continue to purchase items for myself, as
well as giving gifts to other people.

Thank you for your quick shipping and magnificent craftsmanship.

Susanna SUS

My mala cannot compare with the photos on the
website, and all of the examples of craftsmanship are amazing. I ordered
a tiger’s eye mala with carnelian counters and a bead knot with knots
between the beads. It is exquisite and stunning. I just had to thank you
guys for the work. Also, the mala arrived very quickly, less than a
week from when I ordered it. I would refer anyone to Buddhist Mala and I
will certainly buy future malas from here. Thanks again. – Nickie M

I’m about to make my 4th purchase from Sakura,
and every time I”ve been very pleased with the items & service I’ve
received. Even when a mix-up occurred with an item I received, the
situation was rectified quickly & painlessly! I often get
compliments on my Aventurine mala, particularly the high-quality tassel,
and seamless transition between the nylon cord & the tassel (in
other words, you can’t see where the nylon ties the tassel on). Its hard
to know if a site is going to be reliable sometimes, because there are
so many out there, but I’m always happy to recommend Sakura to folks at
my dharma center when they ask where a good-quality mala can be found!
Thanks and keep up the great work!

M KCircleville OH
Ashly A

Hi just to say the jasper mala was more wonderful then i can say .
Your temp staff made good choice better then me thank you.
graham d.

Thank you so much for getting back to me. Good
to know for future that they don’t offer (international) tracking. As is
Murphy’s law the package arrived today. It is fabulous and I look
forward to doing business with you in the very near future.


Ashly AUS
Lindsey N

my new mala arrived in the mail today and I know
why I’m glad to have gotten from your company. It’s exactly as I had
imagined it, simple yet substantial when held in the hand. It will
become an important part of my practice and in a few years will become
an old friend. I will be sure to let people at the Monastery know who
made my mala and where it came from.
Thanks again,

Lindsey NUS
Joe S

Hello. I emailing to tell you that I received my
beads today, and they are beautiful. Thank you so much for your time
and I’m happy that everything has worked out. I’m glad to know that you
care about your customers. Thank you again. Best Wishes.


Dear Buddhist Mala
I would like to know if you ship to the UK and what your charges are for
this. You would like to take this opportunity to tell you that your
site is overall easy to use and you show some of the most beautiful
malas I’ve seen available to buy online.
Love and light,

Rebecca T

I received today Hematite, Carnelian and
Turquoise Malas that I ordered less than a week ago. I am impressed with
the beauty weight and uniform size of the beads on each. Thank you for
the excellent pieces and the speed with which they were sent out.

Rebecca TUS
Joyce W

I am stunned by the craftsmanship and quality of
my jade hand mala and lapis mala. I am using them in my daily practices
with gratitude. I did not expect them to feel quite as wonderful as
they do. Thank you for taking the time to make them. I can sense the
sincerity given. I also did not expect them to arrive in such a short
period of time. Thank you for your diligence.
Respectfully, Shubha Staten Island New York

I purchased a Desert Jasper Mala and Azurite
Mala Prayer Beads. Both items are beautiful and the quality exceeded my
expectations. I had called customer service twice with questions and
received absolutely excellent customer service. I highly recommend the
product and the integrity of the employees of this company. I will be a
return customer. Thank you from a very satisfied customer.

Joyce WSeattle WA
Anthony P

Thank you very much for the magnificent tiger
eye hand mala. It arrived today much earlier than expected and is
beautiful. Thank you for the gift box and the pouch as well. This is my
second order from you. My first was a full traditional Tibetan boddhi
seed mala and it has become part of me and my daily practice. Your
products are wonderful and very special. Thank you for this very worthy

Anthony PFrance
Cindy S

Received my amethyst mala today. It is absolutely beautiful and the workmanship is impeccable! I will be back!


Cindy SMancelona, MT
Jaime C

Hi I just received my order & my brother in
law; who just finished his mastered degree in Buddhist studies is
absolutely going to LOVE them!! What a great graduation gift! So thank
you for the great service & fast delivery, Take care, Love &
light Nikki Z, Australia

Hi- I just wanted to send a quick message to
thank you for the Mala I ordered. Tears came to my eyes when I first saw
and held it. The craftsmanship is beautiful and is something I will
definitely cherish for years to come. Many many thanks! Jaime

Jaime CUS
Linda H

I love this mala! It’s lightweight, wraps around
my wrist 4 times just right, and the seeds have special spiritual
significance to me. It’s perfect for me, I thank you so much for
creating it!

Many tashi deleks,

Linda HRocky Hill, CT
Kris W

Hi, I just received the rosewood mala a week or
so ago which I ordered (I always seem to give mine away to people who
look as though they need them…
), and it is truly one of the most beautiful I have ever seen–or worn.
The beads and construction are truly extraordinary, and more than that,
it feels truly good to wear, which as you warmly know, is everything.

Warmest regards

Kris WUS

Sakura Designs, Dawn, Namaste, Received mala
this afternoon. Package was in good shape as was the contents. Am very
pleased, and happy with your companys work. It has been a pleasure doing
business with you. Thank you for the mala and pouch. Peace and

Bob B

Dawn, I just wanted to thank you for the
beautiful re-stringing of my bone mala. I really like the tassel and
maker beads. Thanks again for the great re-stringing work!! Best

Sherri B

Hello, I just received the sandalwood prayer
beads I ordered from you. I cannot tell you how pleased I am – they are
absolutely beautiful and smell fantastic. The bag was an unexpected
bonus, as was the beautiful packaging. Thank you !! Sloane (Kathryn H)

Thank you. Riverstone Mala arrived today. The
perfect mala for me, at exactly the moment I needed the help. Thanks

Sherri BUS
Laurie B

I wanted you to know that my order arrived safe
and sound today. It more than exceeds my expectations – thank you very
much. Listen with your heart, –

Laurie BCrystal Lake, IL
Sarah D

Dawn, Thank you so much for the beautifully made
mala.. It’s funny, I live @ home with my father, who, not being a
Buddhist, feels it’s okay to poison the mice who share the house with
us. When I came down this morning, I discovered a tiny poisoning victim
in the living room. My first instinct was to leave him for my father,
because I’m squeamish about touching dead animals, but I thought about
how my Dad would probably just throw the body in the backyard, which
could possibly poison any other animal that may eat it. So I sucked it
up, put on some gloves, and buried the poor creature in the ground, with
as much respect as I could give him. As I finished the job, I noticed
the mailman making his way to our house, and when he got here, he handed
me the package with your beautiful mala in it. I honestly didn’t expect
it to travel halfway across the country so quickly, and the packaging
was lovely. It was like receiving a thank you gift from the little
mouse, for sending him on to his next life with some dignity. Thanks
again, and I won’t hesitate to recommend your store to anyone looking
for quality prayer beads. Best Regards,

Sarah DBaltimore, MD

I am stunned by the craftsmanship and quality of
my jade hand mala and lapis mala. I am using them in my daily practices
with gratitude.  I did not expect them to feel quite as wonderful
as they do. Thank you for taking the time to make them. I can sense the
sincerity given. I also did not expect them to arrive in such a short
period of time. Thank you for your diligence.



My two malas were delivered within a few days of
the order and the quality of the malas were superb. I am extremely
happy and am finding my meditation practices already enhanced by them.
Dawn could not have been more patient and helpful. Thank you.

DebraStaten Island
Peggy S

Just wanted you to know I adjusted to heavier weight and I love my mala.

Peggy SUS
Autumn S

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I was
with the 3 malas I ordered. Both the custom and “standard” malas were
lovely, as were the pouches provided. They were Christmas gifts, all
very well-received by the recipients.

Autumn S
 Nancy M

I received my rosewood male it is so beautiful
thank you and my other bracelets are just awesome. thanks for very much
looking forward to using it Wednesday night during Kirtan

Nancy MCamarillo, CA
Nancy A

The turquoise and jasper mala is beautiful,  and even though I
bought it for myself, it felt like a gift because it was so nicely
presented in the silk bag and the box.
Also, thank you for mentioning a community here.  I tend to do
things by myself, reading books, and meditating alone.  Your
comment has encouraged me to seek out a community of other quiet
thoughtful people, a seeming paradox, but worth pursuing.

Thank you,

Nancy ASan Luis Obispo, CA
Bob H

Crystal Mala Review

“I just received your custom designed crystal mala. The quality is
exquisite. The beads are wonderfully matched and flawless. I am very
grateful to have them for my Chenrezig practice. Bob H.”

Bob HMount Rainier MD
Julie P

Just wanted to let you know that I received the
black onyx mala beads today and they are beautiful!….And very nicely
packaged! (I love your little silver sticker on the box!) Very prompt
I just know I will get many years of use from these quality beads!
I will definitely be ordering from you again and will recommend you to others as well!
Thank you very much!

Julie P
Christopher B

“I am so impressed with this Mala. It completely exceeded my
expectations of what I would actually receive. You can feel the love
that was put into this. I will treasure this for many years to come.
Thanks again, fine work. Regards”

Christopher BTopanga CA

I just opened my mala beads and I am in love! I
hadn’t quite known what to expect but I almost cried when I touched
them-I’ve wanted a strand for years and never really felt it was time to
invest in them. I have found that I am ready to devote my energy and
intentions to this sacred mind set and I am delighted to have found
Sakura Designs to create my ideal mala beads, just the way I wanted
them, individual and very special. Thank You!

KatherineUS September 28th, 2007
Buddy O

Hi there, I purchased a Tiger Eye mala from you
folks a couple weeks ago and really love it! Kelly did a great job! I am
wanting to make a hand mala of my own, but am having great difficulty
tracking down a Guru bead. Is there any chance you folks would be able
to sell/ship me a couple in Black Onyx?

Thanks again, and take care,

Buddy OMilwaukie, OR
Jason O

Thank you so much! I received the Mala today. Very happy to have done so. I will be pleased to
recommend you and thank you for the special attention you gave my order! Peace and Blessings! Have a great weekend! –

Jason OKnoxville, TN
 David C

Hi Dawn I received your beautiful mala this
morning. They will be treasured. I will pass on all enquiries to you.
For your kindness, I will make a donation to Greenpeace on your behalf.
Again, many thanks and blessings for the future.

David CDublin, Ireland

Greetings: You guys are great! the mala is
beautiful, the picture really doesn’t do it justice. And the speed with
which you fill orders and ship is amazing. Thanks… I only have one
concern; I’m fairly hard on beads, and the cord doesn’t look too heavy…
But if I have any problems, I’ll let you know… Thanks again…

J.M.Albuquerque, NM
Bill L

Thanks for getting back to me. The order has arrived and I’m very pleased with it! Regards,

Bill LCanterbury, Kent United Kingdom
Michelle B

I just wanted to thank you sooooo much! I got my
gemstone mala today & was completely thrilled & amazed by it.
It blew away my expectations! You have wonderful craftsman working for
you & was thrilled by the bag included! I am so excited & this
came at the exact right time! Thank you so much! I’m so glad I found

A thrilled customer,

Michelle BWinamac, IN
Sarah C

I received the malas on Saturday and, once
again, they are beautiful! Several of them are for students of mine who
are graduating from high school next week despite great obstacles. They
thank you very much for such beautiful work and want you to know they
will always treasure these malas. I will certainly be back for more in
the future.

Sarah CGlendale, AZ
Sukhbir S

Thank you for your wonderful service. I have
received my malas today and they were wonderful and flawless! Love them!
Thank you once again.

With Warmest Regards,

Sukhbir SBangkok, Thailand
Kevin R

I ordered the Rosewood Juzu-Gift Boxed and it arrived today. It is beautiful, elegant and the craftsmanship is really nice.

Thank you so much for your service, I am definitely glad I found you on the internet.

Your site is bookmarked and I will be a return customer soon,

Thanks again!

Kevin RAurora, CO
Shawn G

I woke up this morning knowing it was a special
day.  In the midst of a snow storm my 4 year old son (on march 12)
and I trudge to his day care laughing our butts off at the amount of
snow that was coming down.  It couldn’t have been more perfect, at
least that is what I thought.  I decided to check my mail and to my
surprise, the beads had arrived already.

With great anticipation, I opened the package and low and behold the most perfect Mala I have ever seen.  Job well done!!!

Shawn GOntario, Canada
Scott O

Rating: 5 Stars

saint Clair shores mi US

I love the site!! Great service fast shipper and my new malas are amazing!! So much so
I’ve placed another order and plan on placing many future orders.

Keep up the great work!

Scott OSaint Clair Shores MI
Michael S

I received my standard Rock Crystal Quartz mala a few days ago. It
was made promptly after the order was received. The materials used in it
are excellent and the workmanship is impeccable. If I decide to
purchase another mala or need to restring an existing mala, Sakura
Designs will be my first choice.

Michael SExton PA
Christopher F

Lapis Mala Beads

I just got my Lapis mala beads in the mail today and I was SO glad I sat
down before I opened the box! It was stunning! The beads are absolutely
beautiful, actually much better quality than I imagined they would be. I
got a bit weepy-eyed….really. Beautiful.

Christopher FJericho VT
Rita K

Rosewood Mala WOW

The shipping was fast and the mala is beautiful. Thank you so much!!

Rita KCleveland OH
Stacey D

Simple beauty

I just received my sandalwood mala and it’s lovely. It smells
wonderful, feels wonderful in my hands and I hope to spend many happy
hours with it. Thank you so much!

Stacey DDaly City CA
Thomas P

I received my mala today earlier than I had expected (a custom
order:Tiger’s Eye with Lapis markers) and I simply had to write to thank
you and tell you how pleased I am. It is absolutely beautiful and
really glows with a high level of workmanship and gem quality. I look
forward to using it in my practice, and will certainly be using you
again and recommending you to my friends here in England. Thanks again
and I wish you all the best for the future.

Thomas PWorcester Wo UK

Sandalwood Mala

I received my Sandalwood Mala today in the mail. It’s beautiful. With the scent from the sandalwood beads, the beauty of the blue Lapis Lazuli marker beads, and the blue tassel, it is the perfect mala for me. I started using it right away. Do you have this pattern and style in a wrist mala?

MichaelBurlington CO
Kathleen D

I received the turquoise mala. The turquoise is perfect! It is exactly what I wanted. I think the garnet spacers and tassel would have been richer looking even without the garnet guru bead, but I am pleased with this mala. I know this was a challenge for us, but I feel that everything is well, the mala “feels” good even despite the challenges. You do wonderful work and have been good to work with.

Best to you, your business and your family. Thank you for working with me on this. The turquoise was important to me. You made that happen. I did look for other sources for more than a year, but all roads led back to you. I am sorry for the discomfort we experienced, but hope that you are as pleased as I that all is well. Thank you.

Kathleen DJacksonville, FL
M. R.


Hello Dawn,

I want to thank you for the sponge coral mala. I
received it today. It is truly the most beautiful mala
I have seen so far. Just wonderful. Hope to have it as
my companion on the spiritual journey for a long time.

Thank you

M. R.Bakersfield, CA
Joy F

Custom Carnelian Mala

such a pleasure to speak with you today!

I am so happy to have discovered you. many thanks, Joy

Joy FJamaica Plains, MA
Anne-Louise M

Custom Sandalwood Mala

Hi Dawn,

I just wanted to write to tell you that I received my mala. It arrived much faster than I thought it would and it is absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much, this is something I will truly treasure.-

Anne-Louise MAB, Canada
Tony V

The mala is absolutely beautiful

The mala is absolutely beautiful and smells WONDERFUL. I will be
purchasing the sandalwood mala for my father in the future because he
is a very devout Buddhist that practices both Pure Land and Chan (Zen)

Tony VTexas
Chuck W

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak with me this past
Saturday regarding the selection of malas as well as making them the
very next day.

In particular, I wanted to let you know that I’m very pleased with
the tiger’s eye hand mala that you strung on nylon line. I’m glad
you thought of suggesting the addition of the two crystal beads. The
tiger’s eye beads are quite interesting in that there is
considerable variability between beads, whether this is by luck or
design, I don’t know, but I think that in combination with the
crystal beads, it really adds to the appearance and unique quality of
this special mala.

Thank you for your bodhisattva work!


Chuck WSouth Windsor CO
Tracey I

I bought the Mala for my husband for his birthday and he absolutely
loves it! My husband works at a very stressful job and he wears his mala
everyday to help deal with the stress.

Thank you!!

Tracey IMelrose MA
Lorranie V

Rhodonite Mala

A customized version, with light jade spacers and pale green tassel,
was made exactly as requested. Good communication and timely delivery.
Thanks for an exceptionally lovely mala!

Lorranie VSalem MA
Lorraine V

Gold Sandstone Mala

Ordered custom version with lapis spacers and blue tassel. Mala was
made to my specifications, and looks beautiful. The goldstone beads
are a brown color with magical galaxies of stardust running through
them. Very inspirational! Thanks so much.

Lorraine VSalem MA
Julie K

Red Jasper Mala

Thank YOU! BTW, this is the 2nd mala that I have ordered from you. (I
already have one of your beautiful lapis malas.) You have truly
exquisite malas. Thank you for adding such beauty to the physical and
spiritual worlds.


Julie KKansas City MO
Jane D

Mala-Light Rose Quartz Crysta

My mala beads arrived yesterday in good condition. Thank-you for your
prompt and professional service. Regards,

Jane DA.C.T Au
Angel A


Good morning. The mala arrived this morning. It’s so very beautiful.
Thank you.

Angel ADes Plaines IL
Victoria C

Sandalwood Mala

Just wanted you to know that I received my mala in the mail today and
am very happy. It is wonderfully fragrant and beautifully made with
obvious lovingly care. Thank you.

Victoria CLemay MO
Randall J

Bodhiseed Mala

The Mala-Bodhiseed Mala was incredible and a conversation piece from
the time that I took it out of the package upon receiving it…

Thanks again and I wish you all the best in the year ahead.


Randall JApex NC
Mindi E

Lapis Lazuli Mala

It arrived – thank you for expediting my order.

Mindi EIndianapolis IN
Clint F

Mala-Tigers Eye Brown

D.M. Boiani-Sandberg; I received my mala today and it looks
positively beautiful. Thank you!! ” ﷯

Clint FAlbany OR


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