A Philip Whalen Mala
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And in his hands
a long wooden string of Buddhist Rosary beads, which he keeps
moving. I ask him which mantra he is doing—but he tells me
in Zen, you don’t have to bother with any of that.
You can just play with the beads
(Joanne Kyger “Phillip Whalen’s Hat”)
At that moment Mahāmati the Boddhisattva-Mahāsattva said to the Blessed One: What is meant by the one hundred and eight statements?
(The Lankavātāra Sutra)