Join us for an enjoyable workshop- The Art of Mala Making             Saturday March 11, 1-5pm 

with Buddhist nun Kelsang Kalden and Kris Fletcher

A mala is a string of beads used to count prayers or mantra recitations. For Buddhist practitioners, a mala is a precious and meaningful object. This workshop is a special opportunity to learn how to make a mala according to traditional Buddhist techniques. The session will start with an explanation of both the spiritual and practical aspects of making a mala and powerful spiritual meaning behind mantra recitation.


Mantra is a Sanskrit word meaning “mind protection.” Reciting mantras protects the mind from ordinary appearances and conceptions, drawing us closer to Buddha’s good qualities and allowing us to be more calm and peaceful. Learn the beading techniques to make a traditional Buddhist mala and begin your practice of mantra recitation.


Enjoy a meaningful afternoon making malas with spiritual friends. You will learn the meaning of Buddhist prayer beads and how to make a mala for yourself or the Center shop. Beads, and all other materials will be available, but you can also bring your own beads to use if you wish.

The workshop will be co-taught by Kelsang Kalden and Kris Fletcher

Kelsang Kalden is an American Buddhist nun and the Principal Teacher of Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Hampton Roads. Kris Fletcher is an avid beader, crafter, shrine & mala maker.



Friends of Richmond  ( Hosted by Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center)
4500 Kensington Ave.
(757) 504-4425
The entrance to the workshop is on the Commonwealth Ave side of the brick building in the rear of the main building.


Includes materials for one mala:

$30 – Regular price
$25 – Early Registration on-line by March 8 /FP Members/Seniors+62/ Full time Students / Unemployed 

Class limited to 25 people. On a first come first served basis. Registration is required for this workshop in order to ensure materials for everyone. Thank you for registering on-line !


Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center is a Center for Modern Buddhism and Meditation and a member of the New Kadampa Tradition -International Kadampa Buddhist Union , a not- for profit organization 100% operated by volunteer