Overview: Tibet, Singing Bowls, Meditation, Music, Healing
Tibetan Singing Bowls, or standing bells, date back to Budda's time. Some say they date back even further, before his time, to the Tibetan Bon Culture, a shamanistic and animistic culture.
They made their way from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of Buddha. These bowls were typically used in ceremonies and meditation-related rituals. Playing the bowls is said to assist with relaxation, meditation, and centering.
Deep-relaxation holistic healers and music therapists may even use the bowls to help patients in these niche healing environments. A bowl is played by rubbing the rim with a wooden or leather wrapped mallet, which causes the side of the bowls to vibrate, and thereby produces a rich humming, harmonic sound, normally accompanied by vibrations throughout your arm and body. Through this process, sound healers attempt to activate or balance the energy centers (chakras) in your body. Meditating on the bowl requires that the player focus their sacred tones and seek enlightenment while also clearing the mind.
High quality bowls are generally made from bronze alloy and normally a contain a combination of copper, tin, zinc, iron, silver, gold, and nickel.
Singing bowls can be found in private areas, family shrines, public shrines, healing centers, and monasteries throughout the world.
If you are ever in San Diego, CA, stop by Tibet Gift House on Adams Ave in the Antique District and check out Jhampa Kalsang's treasury. He's incredible and so is his collection!
Published by Amanda Maregente