Bodhi beads are Buddhist prayer items that have been traditional tools for counting while reciting a mantra, as prayer beads have been used in other world religions. Bodhi seeds do not refer to any particular plant but instead refer generally to seeds and the fruits of various plants used to make prayer beads.
Bodhi beads have an important position in Tibetan Buddhism and are very popular in Tibet. The culture of Bodhi beads spread throughout Tibet and other provinces of China, and there are dozens to hundreds of Bodhi beads with different meanings. Recently, people have begun to wear Bodhi beads as a kind of praying or blessing ornament, in addition to functioning as a prayer bead.