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Prayer beads or japa malas are used in many forms of Mahayana Buddhism, often with a lesser number of beads than the Hindu japa malas 108 (number)--usually a divisor of 108. In Pure Land Buddhism, for instance, 27-bead rosaries are common. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations.
Hamlet was certain that Claudius killed his father after he left the room during the murder scene at the play. Hamlet went after Claudius to kill him, but found him praying. The reason why Hamlet did not kill Claudius at that time was because he believed that killing Claudius during a prayer would send Claudius' soul to heaven.