Prayer beads or japa malas are used in many forms of Mahayana Buddhism, often with a lesser number of beads than the 108 on Hindu japa malas - usually a divisor of 108. In Pure Land Buddhism, for instance, 27-bead rosaries are common. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations.
Buddhist Rosary A #mala (threngwa) is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. In Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally malas of 108 beads are used. Malas are mainly used to count mantras. Shot in Leh (the old capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.)