A very nice little set of mala beads, though the bead count was slightly off - that was easily remedied however. I have already started using them and I really do like the feel, appearance etc. They lend themselves readily to any form of mantra meditation - my preference is for the medicine Buddha mantra, at the moment - and can be used while sitting, walking, driving or whatever. The only thing is, the red beads separating the groups of 28 can be hard to distinguish by touch. To overcome this, I knotted very thin short strips of leather at each red bead and these act as a tactile "flag" - and they actually add to the visual appearance of the string as well!