For formal prayer beads, you make two rings out of the large rign and hang them on your left hand. For simplifieds prayer beads, you hang them on your left hand. Alternatively you can hang them on both hands as shown in these picture.
|Formal prayer beads||Sinplified prayer beads|
|Shingon sect||Jodo sect||Zen sect (Rinzai & Sodo sect)|
|Twist the prayer beads into the shape of an “8” and loop both ends around your middle fingers and join your hands in prayer.||Together and hang them over your thumbs as you join your hands in prayer.||Fold the prayer beads into two rings and hang over your left hand and put your hands together in prayer.|
|Tendai sect||Nichiren sect|
|Hold the prayer beads between your index and middle fingers and join your hands in prayer.||Make “8” shape and put one and with two tassels and the other end with three tassels around your middle fingers in prayer.|