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We offer a large selection of Japanese style singing bowls, hand beaten Tibetan singing bowls, tingshas (hand cymbals) and playing sticks. Our hand beaten singing bowls are made in Nepal, they have a beautiful resonance and produce more complex notes than machined bowls. We insist upon these very high quality Tibetan singing bowls, as some on the market are unusable. Choosing a bowl or cymbals is down to personal preference; we have included sound files with each singing bowl and tingshas. For the Japanese and Tibetan style singing bowls we also have references to the notes played.

Tibetan Singing Bowls

The concept of sound as a medium which can transport the human spirit to a different state of consciousness is as old as mankind itself. Sound is produced by all beings and things and varies in its purpose depending upon the state of the being or thing producing it. There can be creative sounds and destructive sounds, which transmit messages ranging from tension to relaxation, uneasiness to a sense of well-being.

The sound and vibrations produced by the Tibetan singing bowls are considered to be the bridge for those seeking an inner communication with the worlds in and around them.

Tibetan Singing Bowls History

Since ancient times, the spread of knowledge and religion has taken the routes of the caravans. The original religion of Tibet was the shamanistic-animistic Bön religion until the 7th century AD when the famous King Srongtsen Gampo married two princesses, one from Nepal, the other from China. Both women were devout Buddhists, and gradually two new movements emerged: Lamaism, which is essentially Buddhist, and the Bön religion, which today is a shamanistic branch of Buddhism.

Both branches of Tibetan Buddhism make intensive usage of Tibetan Singing Bowls in their rituals and meditation.

The age of the Tibetan Singing Bowls is difficult to discover; there are various opinions stating that the bowls are much older than Lamaism. Scientific research proves that the original bowls date from 2400 years before Christ.

It is unanimously agreed that the Tibetan Singing Bowls were made by traveling metal smiths or by the lamas. The technique of making the bowls involved pouring the liquid metal onto a flat stone and leaving it to cool as a metal plate. Then this plate was beaten with a hammer into the shape of a bowl, during which the metal was put under maximum tension without cracking. The decorations and inscriptions were then punched in.

There is extensive controversy regarding the original metal alloys used to make the Tibetan Singing Bowls. The alloys used were made via a very special process which modern techniques are still unable to reproduce.
It is believed that seven metals were used, each corresponding to solar planets: Gold for the Sun, Silver for the Moon, Mercury for Mercury, Copper for Venus, Iron for Mars, Tin for Jupiter, Lead for Saturn, as all these metals produce an individual sound, including harmonics, and together these sounds produce the exceptional singing sound of the Tibetan Singing Bowl. Others, maintain that the alloy of a real Tibetan Singing Bowl should consist of only five metals: Bronze for Earth, Red Copper for Moon and Stars, Iron for Fire, Silver for Air and Yellow Copper for Sun.
The reality of the fact is that in modern times, the components of the alloys vary wildly from five, to seven, to even nine metals. Tibetan Singing Bowls are said to be made with more silver and tin, giving them a dull, anthracite lustre, while Nepalese bowls have the familiar golden yellow.

How Tibetan Singing Bowls work

Tibetan Singing Bowls can have many different shapes and sounds. Bowls with a base which stands concave in the bowl, are mainly made on India. The singing bowls originated in Nepal are only known as Tibetan Singing Bowls because the Tibetan refugees in Nepal earn their living by trade.

The thickness and colour of the material used varies from bowl to bowl. Bowls with a shinning gold colour and fairly small are generally Japanese bowls, and they often produce a clear sound, similar to that produced by a bell.

The sound is determined by the shape and thickness of the material, as well as by the thickness of the rim. Some bowls have remnants of a dull black layer on the outside. This layer is meant to be there and does not interfere with sound. Removing this layer by polishing the Tibetan Singing Bowl, can influence the sound, as by removing the thin layer of material, the thickness of the metal is permanently altered.

The evolution of science, and specifically, modern physics taught us that the universe is made out of small particles which are in constant motion. This continuous activity generates vibrations, which can be measured in terms of vibrations. The entire human body has myriads of individual vibrations which respond to different sound vibrations. Same as all other things in universe, Tibetan Singing Bowls, have their own, unique vibrations, which depend on size, shape, materials and the way in which the sound was produced (rubbing, banging, etc)

As humans, we take these sound vibrations and we use them for the specific needs we may have at a particular moment in time.

Uses of Tibetan Singing Bowls

The Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years for healing and meditation. Modern Physics research shows that different body parts resonate to different tones. In health, the tones are balanced, but when one part of the body is sick, its frequency is off. It is said that the sounds produced by the Tibetan singing bowls have a healing effect on balancing the chakras.

The notes relating to each of the seven main chakras are:

Base (Root) Chakra C
The Sacral (Spleen) Chakra D
The Solar Plexus Chakra E
The Heart Chakra F
The Throat Chakra G
The Third Eye Chakra A
The Crown Chakra B

The singing bowls are also used today for meditation, centring, healing, stress reduction, "sound massage", and New Age Music.

Flower Essences can be produced by filling the Tibetan Singing Bowl one third with clear and fresh water. Placing the bowl in sunlight or moonlight, charges the water with magical power. The bowl should be sounded from time to time.

Listening to the Tibetan Singing Bowls is considered to stabilise the body, the soul and the mind, which react to sound vibrations. Listening to the bowl for ten minutes every day helps to evoke daydreaming, relaxation, and figurative thinking.

There are various ways to induce relaxation by using a Tibetan Singing Bowl. For instance:
- hold the bowl, lie down and strike the rim, then open your mind and heart
- lie down with a bowl on your stomach or chest, strike the bowl gently, listen, the taste the inner silence; feel the energy of the bowl through your hands
- placing a little bowl on your forehead wakes up and can cure a headache
Using a Tibetan Singing Bowl for relaxation can also help in: balancing energies and the brain hemispheres, reducing stress and tensions, increasing creativity and imagination, giving a positive self image, creating the force to release the past and harmonising the body, spirit and soul.

In meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls, start the session with a counter clockwise rotation to ground yourself, to receive inner energy, to stimulate power and to draw out negative energy. A clockwise rotation provides positive energy.

Tibetan Singing Bowls can also be used in sound massage, which is usually performed by a sound therapist. The technique normally involves seven stages:
- head
- arms and hands
- neck, face and throat
- back
- stomach and chest
- feet
- round off
The energy released by the Tibetan Singing Bowls acts as a stimulus to the blood circulation and the nervous system.

Qualities of the Tibetan Singing Bowls

When referring to the qualities of singing bowls, Geert Verbeke in his book "Singing Bowls an ABC", states:
"Bowls are feminine (mother: passive force, the moon), wands are masculine (father: activating force, the sun). The following attributes apply to the qualities of singing bowls:
- They relax
- The balance and calm the brain, mind and heart
- The are highly trance-inducing
- They remove internal stress
- They help from the inside out
- They harmonise the chakra and aura field
- They create a sacral and poetical spiral of energy
- They intensify concentration and consciousness
- They purify water, food and ritual objects
- They charge herbs, spices and ritual objects
- They charge runes and candles
- They fortify the working of crystals, minerals and gems
- They heighten the force and power of amulets and talismans
- They fortify clear perception and intuition
- They assist in attuning to spiritual guides
- They support tarot, divination, astrology and I-Ching
- They fortify long-distance healing
- They assist astral travel and shamanism
- They send prayers to people who are not present
- They put dynamism into prayer, meditation, yoga
- They act as aids to inward contemplation
- They fortify affirmations and imagination
- They empower aromatherapy and Bach blossoms
- They fortify the divination of the future
- They are symbols of the Holy Grail
- They are effective in crystal-gazing and hand-reading
- They revive dreams, clean up dream interpretation
- The soften the dying (palliative care)
- They bind or create relationships and communication
- They fortify elixirs and herbs, semiprecious stones and gems
- They are symbols of the cyclic energies of life and death
- The amplify rituals

Selecting a Tibetan Singing Bowls

Selecting a Tibetan Singing Bowls means going on a journey to the inside, towards one's experience and own harmony. As everyone vibrates at their own frequency, listening to the bowl will give the tangible feel of the vibration which has wonderfully liberating effects.

The sounds of the Tibetan Singing Bowls should give one a warm feeling flowing through the body - every and each one of them is unique, whether it comes from a small bowl or a larger one. The clear, floating sound of the Tibetan Singing Bowls produces harmonies that are quite different from those that we are used to. By listening to a few Tibetan Singing Bowls sounds one after another, one can discover completely new harmonies and can have a physical sense or whether the bowl is appealing. One should feel the power which gives energy, and the beauty of the sound should give a profound emotion or perception.

How to play Tibetan Singing Bowls

Every and each Tibetan Singing Bowl has its own special requirements which can be found only by trial and error. One bowl will sound better with a soft playing stick, while others need a harder playing stick.

A larger gong beater will produce the full richness of sound in a large bowl, whilst a smaller playing stick of wood or covered in felt, leather or other material, will produce a different sound quality.

The most common technique in playing a Tibetan Singing Bowl is to rub a hard stick around the rim of the bowl. The action of consistently rubbing the playing stick, will increase the sound volume and the Tibetan Singing Bowl's vibration. The thinner the stick, the highest the tone produced. Using thinner sticks on larger bowl will generate vibration of the rim, so the stick begins to dance with the immediate effect being a rattling sound. To avoid this, the pressure against the rim needs to increased.

Another technique consists of rubbing the stick backwards and forwards in one particular place on the rim.

We offer a large selection of Japanese style singing bowls, hand beaten singing bowls and playing sticks. Our hand beaten singing bowls are mostly made in Nepal, they have a beautiful resonance and produce more complex notes than machined bowls. We insist upon these very high quality singing bowls, as some on the market are unusable. The hand made singing bowls are sold by weight - from about 150g up to 1400g. A playing stick is included with each bowl. Choosing a bowl is down to personal preference; we have included sound files with each bowl and also references to the notes played. The sound files were produced using a simple wood stick.

Good luck in your discovery journey!

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