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variation ii
Bodhi Seeds, Horn and Bronze
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet


"Mere sitting at home and meditating on the divine presence is not enough for our time.  We have to come to the end of a long journey and see that the stranger we meet there is no other than ourselves -- which is the same as saying that we find Christ in him."

   -- Fr. Thomas Merton, Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani

This chaplet was inspired by the dialogues between Thomas Merton and Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama -- and by their shared dedication to interfaith dialogue and to deepening compassion. 

The beautiful openwork Coptic cross symbolizes open-heartedness, and the most profound depths of compassion.  It is hand-cast from a 19th century Ethiopian original, in solid bronze.  The details of the cross are not easy to see in this large photo -- please see the small photo, below.

The ten very large Bodhi seeds -- traditional Buddhist prayer beads -- are here interspersed with beads of golden horn and beads of solid brass.  Handling this chaplet is a fantastic tactile experience.

The solid bronze ring of the chaplet is cast by hand from a Celtic antique.

The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds.  Each end is double-crimped for security.  The connecting rings are solid copper and bronze.

Cross:  2" (49mm) including bail
Prayer Beads:  appr. .5" (14mm) diameter


© Copyright 2007-19, M. Laura Eckert, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art: Handmade Rosaries, Prayer Ropes, Chaplets, and Rosary Bracelets.