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The 84th Problem
  • The 84th Problem

    14k plated gold over sterling silver.

    2mm diameter pendant.

    16 inch chain.

    0.5mm gold triangle logo on a lobster clasp.


    The unique symbol on this necklace means ‘84’ in Sanskrit. Its shape is also a subtle reminder of a heart.


    This beautiful piece has been created to empower and inspire whomever wears it. Capturing the wisdom of the Buddhist story 'The 84th Problem.'


    What we call 'problems' are often just the world unfolding in an unexpected way.


    Wear it as a reminder that life will always have its problems,

    but YOU are ok! Wishing you didn’t have any problems in life, just creates another problem.


    The necklace arrives beautifully package with a '84th Problem' scroll, hand sealed with a handmade wax stamp.


    The back of the pendant has the inscription 'The 84th Problem'.


    A beautiful gift for you or someone you love.

    Once upon a time a rich farmer asked The Buddha for help.

    “Oh Wise One!”

     The farmer said, “I have a major problem & I know only you can help me.”

    Buddha kept quiet & the man told of his good-for-nothing

    son who was troubling him & how he was mad at his wife

    because she supported her son over him.


    The man said, “Do something so their minds change &

    they realise how much I’m doing for them.”


    “I can’t solve this problem for you,”

    Buddha replied & lowered his eyes again, in a meditative state.

    The farmer told Buddha how he was worried about the upcoming harvest as the weather didn’t seem too favourable & the monkeys were destroying his crop.


    “I can’t help you with this problem either,” Buddha said calmly.

    Still hoping in the powers of Buddha, he told him that many people owed

    him money & he was having a hard time recovering it.

    He asked Buddha if the sage could give him any remedy or amulet.

    “Hmm…” Buddha said, “I can’t solve this problem for you.”


    “What good are you then?” the man yelled.

    “Everyone says you are the enlightened one, but you can’t solve any of my problems.  

    Is there absolutely nothing you can do? I’m tired of my terrible life,

    with nothing but problems”


    “You see,” Buddha said patiently, as if he hadn’t heard the man’s ranting,

    “at any point in time, you’ll always have 84 problems in your life.

    The 84th is the key.

    If you solve the 84th problem, the first 83 will resolve themselves.”


    “Please solve my 84th problem then,” the man said, going back to being humble.

    “How do I do it?” he added.

    “First, we have to identify your 84th problem.”

    “What is my 84th problem?”


    Buddha smiled & peered deeply into the man’s eyes; full of desire & anxiety.

    “Your 84th problem is,” Buddha said and paused,

    “you want to get rid of the first 83 problems.

    If you understand that life is never without problems, it won’t look so bad.”

    Although, he didn’t get the type of solution he was expecting,

    Buddha’s compassionate glance gave him a feeling of peace. Even if temporarily.


    Buddha finished by saying,

    “Mellow down, be noble. Learn to see life beyond what you want to see.”

    The symbol on this necklace means ‘84’ in Sanskrit.

    Wear it as a reminder that life will always have its problems,

    but YOU are ok!


    Wishing you didn’t have any problems,

    will only create a new problem.

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