Tibetan singing bowl is also known as Himalayan bowl, healing bowl, yoga bowl etc. It has been used for centuries for healing, meditation and other religious purposes. Singing bowls are now widely used around the world for mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, stress reduction, massage therapy, chakra balancing and music.
History of the Tibetan singing bowl, it is believed that the tradition of using singing bowl date back at the time of Buddha (600 BC). They were used by Buddhist monks to aid in their meditation and healing purposes. So it might be possible that it came to Tibet from India at the same time the Buddhism came to Tibet. But there is no text or written history about the Tibetan singing bowl.
Singing bowls are played with striking the rim of the bowl with wooden mallet. They can also be played by the friction of rubbing a wooden mallet or leather wrap mallet. The sound of the bowl is very calming and soothing thus it helps in meditation by creating sense of peacefulness. It is believed in Tibetan that 70% of our illness is due to mental stress and negative energy in our body. By listening to the resonant sound and the vibration of the singing bowl, it radiates the negative energy in our body and reduce the stress level, thus help in healing the body.
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York. Author of “The Healing Power of Sound.”
Tibetan singing bowl are traditionally made with seven different metal i.e. gold, silver, mercury, lead, copper, tin and zinc. It is still manufactured today in same ways as it was hundreds of years ago by hand beating for hours by multiple craftsmen. New modern bowls are also found with carved or hand etched different mantra and religious symbols.
Being in Kathmandu, Nepal for almost 20 years and working in an exports company, I have known few small artisan families, who makes bowls for generations. We buy all our singing bowls directly from them instead of some big wholesaler.
We are happy to bring this centuries old art to you and hope you will enjoy the singing bowl as much as do.
Namaste and Tashi Delek.
Shangrila Crafts and Gifts
Mounds View, MN
How To Play Singing Bowl
You can play either by striking or rubbing the bowl. Sit in relaxed position on the floor or on a chair with your spine straight. Take a deep breath (positive energy) and breath out slowly (negative energy).
- Hold the bowl on your palm (flat), make sure your fingers are not touching the bowl.
- Hold the mallet on your other hand like a pencil.
- Gently strike the bowl (outside and upward) with a mallet.
- Rub the mallet clockwise around the outside rim(edge) of the bowl. Rub the mallet with even pressure until you begin to hear the sound/vibration. If you hear rattling sound, slow down and adjust the speed for a desired sound. Make sure to use full arm movement, like you are stirring a pot of soup.
“ENJOY YOUR BOWL”
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