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Tingsha / Hand Cymbals

The silvery, soothing, rich sound of Tingsha instantly strike an echo within the heart. Their purpose is to summon, therefore Tingsha call us to awareness, to remember who we are, and to recognise our priorities in the world. The Tingsha draw their name from the Tibetan syllables "ting" (ringing sound of metal) and "sha" (hanging), and their meaning can be translated as "hanging cymbals".

How Tingsha are made

The Tingsha are individually handcrafted by the ancient Tibetan method of sand-casting, where an upper and lower mould are made from fine wet sand which is then baked several times over a charcoal fire. When the moulds are ready, the molten bell metal is poured. After casting, each individual Tingsha is skilfully tuned by hammering around the thick outer rim to create a perfectly matching pitch for each pair.

The bell metal used in the Tingsha is made of a pure bronze alloy of copper and tin , with a white metal component of zinc and nickel.

How to play the Tingsha

There are three main techniques for striking the Tingsha to create a sustained sound. The leather thong is hold between fingers and thumb just above the centre of each cymbal.

- Suspend the Tingsha horizontally, a few inches apart, then draw them together so that their edges strike.
- Suspend one Tingsha horizontally while holding the downward-striking Tingsha vertically in the opposite hand.
- Hold both Tingsha vertically, at right angles, and strike edges together with a simultaneous movement of both hands.

As hanging chimes, the Tingsha may be suspended by their leather thong from two hooks and struck with a wooden striker. The paired Tingsha may also be separated to create two individual cymbals, with a striker attached to each end of the divided leather thong.

Tingsha Uses

Traditionally, Tingsha are used in guidance prayers and food offerings for the dead; in burned foods and water offerings for the "hungry ghosts" or tormented spirits; in burned food offerings for the "four classes of guests". These rituals are performed by Tibetan monks, and they can be repeated daily, or as a cycle of a hundred thousand offerings.

Used in meditation, when Tingsha (cymbals) strike each other they produce a clear, pure sound. This indicates the beginning and the end - at the beginning you let go of everything except the clean moment of here and now; at the end you awaken physically and spiritually in the here and now of material reality.

We have a good selection of Tingsha. As choosing cymbals is down to personal preference, we have included sound files with each tingshas.

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Lotus Tingsha bells / hand cymbals
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Black Dragon Tingsha bells / hand cymbals
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Black Lotus Tingsha bells / hand cymbals
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