Tibetan Singing Bowls
History of the Tibetan Singing Bowls
I tend to avoid specific dating these types of bowls. Some of these bowls date back to the late 18th century. Dating bowls is a tricky business, since their form varies but little over long expanses of time and their condition depends so much upon individual conditions of storage and use. They should be viewed as cultural artifacts of artistic merit, and viewed this way, age is of but secondary importance.
My bowls are all from the Himalayas regions near Tibet. These Tibetan hand hammered singing bowls are up to 250 years old and comes unpolished in their original form with superb hammer marks visible and a great smooth patina. They have been used in Tibetan Buddhist mediation over the years. Each bowl is hand selected for its tone, size, and quality. They have wonderful tones that carry for a very long time. The multi-layered tone of these bowls lasts as long as 3 minutes!
The Singing Bowls are made from Bronze, and is technically a bell because there is ‘less’ internal movement in the metal in the middle, rather than the edge; so in theory they are a standing bell. Singing bowls however, find a general use as a resting Gong in Temples throughout Asia. They did not solely originate in Tibet, and evidence suggests very few were actually made in Tibet; so a Tibetan Singing Bowl only denotes a name, and not a country of origination. Their use as a sound therapy tool originated in the West, which has been adopted in the Himalayan regions in order to sell them to uninformed buyers.
Since Tibetan singing bowls have a very mysterious history it is sometimes hard to find information about them, in fact there is literally no mention of them in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. They can be found in both monasteries and homes, but when questioned about there existence vague answers are usually given. It has been rumored that it is actually forbidden for monks to speak about the singing bowls. Some say that the bowls are used by high lamas in secret rituals, which gives them the ability to travel to different realms and dimensions. In the end one thing remains certain, that singing bowls are a very powerful spiritual tool.
In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan Singing Bowls are used for Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Healing, and Reiki. The bowls are priced based on weight, size, and condition. The larger or heavier the bowl, the higher the price. Also, please note that all of these bowls are left in their original imported condition. Each bowl includes all 7 metals, is hand hammered, very old, and only made with native metals of the Himalayas.
How to Play Bowls
Hold the bowl in the palm of either hand. With the striker, rub the outside rim in a circular motion. Keep an even pressure. Gently increase the speed as the bowl begins to vibrate, and as the sound grows. It may help to tap the bowl to begin the vibration. Sometimes this method can take practice. Another method is “gonging” or “striking” the bowls. This is a simple method that involves striking the bowl with a wood or padded striker. I do have additional padded tools available.
Benefits of a Singing bowl session:
- Significant stress and anxiety reduction
- Anger and blood pressure reduction
- Improves circulation and increases blood flow
- Deep relaxation and pain relief
- Chakra balancing
- Increased mental and emotional clarity
- Promotes stillness, happiness and well being
The most powerful healing is done from within!
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