The Buddha Shakyamuni first found enlightenment underneath a Bodhi tree, which is why Bodhi seeds are one of the most important materials used to make Buddhist prayer beads. There are 108 beads on this bodhi seed mala. The number 108 is significant in Tibetan Buddhism because it represents the 108 sins one must overcome to reach nirvana. These counting beads are used for multiple rotations of a mantra. In Buddhism, the prayer beads are used to keep track of how many times you say a mantra. You can choose to recite the mantra as you work your way around the mala for one rotation of 108 times, or for multiple rotations.