Compassion - variation 4 - Bodhi Seed and Resin

Compassion - variation 4 - Bodhi Seed and Resin


"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."

— Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, Abbey of Gethsemani

This rosary 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 stippled cross of this rosary is very substantial solid bronze, hand cast from a vintage original.

The large, rustic Pater beads are resin, from Nepal or India, with a nice variation in their shapes, sizes, and colors. Resin beads of this type are frequently used in Buddhist malas. Alongside the Paters are beads of red horn and solid brass.

The Aves are chubby Bodhi seeds — traditional Buddhist prayer beads — separated by beads of red horn.

The connecting rings are heavy gauge solid bronze.

This rosary is made all-in-one-loop, rather than in the familiar "Y" form. We don't see lots of all-one-loop rosaries lately, but they were pretty much the norm until just a couple centuries ago.

Cross: 1.75”
Paters: about .75”
Aves: about .6” or 13mm
Length: 21”

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The rosary 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.