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Quan Yin Malas Lotus Seed Malas
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Who We Are
We are David, Kate, Anne and Thea. We live in far northern California, at the base of beautiful Mt. Shasta.
Shakya Design is truly a family endeavor. Together we actively search for components, large and small, which help the mala realize itself. We generally use components that have been part of religious traditions for thousands of years.
David (Dad) is the Shakya Design photographer. All of the product shots and beautiful atmospheric photographs on the Shakya Design website are taken by him. Kate (Mom) is the designer. She designs each jewelry and mala piece for appropriatness and beauty. Anne (my sister) makes the presentation cases for the mala cases from tree free paper. I (Thea!) do all the actual mala and jewelry construction. I also design and maintain the website and also am the person you will speak to in our "customer service" department! Allyssa (my daughter) sometimes likes to help by sorting beads.
There is a mental process as well as a physical one. During the construction process, we try to work from the mind of meditation and pure intention, believing that the attitude of mind in which a mala is designed and constructed is both an offering and an important part of the mala.