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TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS

January 02, 2015

According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.) The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

Spiral Singing Bowl Gift Box Set – 3″

Metallurgical analysis of bowls vary, from a predominantly two metal alloy of copper and tin with trace iron content to an eight alloy of copper and tin with traces of iron, lead, zinc, gold, silver and mercury.

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bowls produce have a direct affect upon their chakras.

Playing the bowl usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates a balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowltunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

Previously used in Tibet for meditation and ceremonial purposes, Tibetan Singing Bowls are struck with a mallet or rubbed around the rim to produce a fascinating blend of harmonic resonance’s and rich overtones.  Generally, smaller diameter Singing Bowls have higher tones, while the larger bowls produce a wider dynamic range of sound with rich deeper Om tones.

Peace BuddhaSinging Bowl Gift Box with Pillow

Our Tibetan Singing Bowls come in sizes from our mini bowls at 2 inches in diameter to larger bowls 11 inches in diameter.  Each Tibetan Singing Bowl comes with a wooden mallet.  Many come with their own Singing Bowl Cushions typically made of silk-brocade and cotton.  But if not, we also have cushions available and sold separately in many colors and sizes.  Many of our bowls are sold in beautiful lotus paper boxes making them perfect for gift giving.

Photo by Leea Gorell.

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