About Us

Why Backpack Buddha?

The laughing Buddha, better known as Budai or Maitreya (The Future Buddha), represents a traveling buddha who is content with nothing but his prayer beads and cloth backpack. He epitomizes the notion of travel as a medium for growth, happiness and spiritual enlightenment. 

Who Are We?

We are a young couple from New York who love to travel and love the teachings of Buddhism.

We've been to over 100 countries in the past 10 years. During this time we've come to realize the power of travel. We've also found loads of cool Mala Beads and other meditation tools around the world that we've brought home to share. 

As longterm backpackers, we look towards Budai for inspiration.

We are big believers in Karma, and strive to treat every customer the same way we would want to be treated. So please don't hesitate to get in touch!

At Backpack Buddha our goal is to provide ever evolving collection of unique and spiritually conscious products from every corner of the globe for happiness on the road and on the road of life.  

About Our Malas & Meditation Tools

Our Malas are of the highest quality & assembled by hand in Nepal by Newari and Tibetan locals. This means that your purchase helps to support our team of craftsmen located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ultimately, every purchase made on Backpack Buddha directly supports our team of local artisans and craftsmen who assemble our Mala strands by hand. It also supports our team of "Sherpas" who ensure the highest quality products, and make sure everything is shipped on time. 

To find out more about all our causes, please see Causes We Support.

More About Us

  • We are Patrick and Erica, a couple in our late 20's with roots in both the USA and Norway.
  • Although we're new online, we've been finding cool things ever since we started traveling back in 2004. 
  • Our favorite countries include Nepal, India, Guatemala, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Korea.

Need Help?

It's our goal to make your purchases on Backpack Buddha as smooth as possible. If you have a problem, a concern or just a general inquiry, here's the best way you can get in touch.

Email us at: Sherpas@BackpackBuddha.com


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    We have a hassle free return policy. If you are not satisfied with your order, return it to us in as-new condition in its original packaging and we will refund 100% of your purchase price. 

    We are big believers in Karma, and strive to treat every customer the same way we would want to be treated. So please don't hesitate to get in touch!

    Contact us by email at Sherpas@BackpackBuddha.com before you ship anything back to us.


    If we make a mistake and send you the wrong product, or if there are missing or broken parts, the problem will be corrected at our cost. This is a rare occurrence, but when it does happen you will get what you ordered, and any shipping costs in both directions will be paid by us.

    We make every effort to properly describe our products. Be sure to make note of listed dimensions and order products that are the right size and spec for your application.

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    Contact / Return Address 

    By email: Sherpas@BackpackBuddha.com

    Mailing Address:

    Backpack Buddha
    45A Ferdon Avenue 
    Sparkill, NY 10976