How to Play Bowls
1. Hold the bowl in the palm of either hand.
2. With the striker, rub the outside rim in a circular motion. Keep an even pressure.
3. 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. Different strikers also produce different vibration, don't forget to try different surfaces.
The second method by "gonging" is best used for personal meditation and for general healing sessions, while "playing" of the bowl
is great to share in group meditation - as it is difficult to meditate (focus) and play the bowl at the same time.
Not all the bowls are meant to be "played"
Some bowls are specifically created to be either "played" or "gonged" only. This is not a sign that the bowl is of lower quality,
but it is more focused on specific type of work. Bowls that we used that cannot be "played" produce amazing vibrations
that cannot be produced by other bowls and some bowls sound nice when "gonged" but really sing when "played".
Choosing a Singing Bowl
Congratulations, you have decided to step up the process of knowing yourself and the world around you. The Singing Bowl is one
of the most active approaches towards knowledge through experience of "nothingness" or "void".
We do recommend the hand hammered Singing Bowls made from 7 different metals as only these have "real" personality and align
with all energy centres (chakras) in your body. Machine made Singing Bowls can be used for same purposes, but they do not contain
the depth and the healing vibration in such extent as the hand hammered 7 metal Singing Bowls.
Choosing a Singing Bowl is like falling in love on first sight. In other words, picking up a Singing Bowl, tapping it and playing
it will allow you to feel the vibrations of the Singing Bowl and the Singing Bowl that gives you the best feeling is the Singing Bowl
for you that will work best with you.
Chakras - How does the Singing Bowl work
Chakras are energy centers located along the center of the body. Many people use the bowls for chakra and energy healing.
We use the traditional Chakra method when determining the corresponding Chakra for each bowl buy using the dominant note in each bowl.
There are usually two or three main harmonics that the bowl can sound - depending on the way you play the bowl.
Below is a list of the traditional Chakra system:
The Crown chakra or Head chakra is positioned at the top of the head. It is associated with cosmic awareness,
highest spirituality, and complete integration with Source. Violet is the color of the crown chakra and the musical note is B.
The Third Eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead. This chakra is also called the Ajna center.
It is associated with intuition, understanding, visualization, and inner vision. Dark Indigo Blue is the color of the
third eye chakra and the musical note is A.
The Throat chakra is positioned in the base of throat. It is associated with communication, expression and speaking
one's truth. Azure Blue is the color of the throat chakra and the musical note is G.
The Heart chakra is positioned in the center of the chest, usually shown to be even with the nipple line. The heart is
associated with compassion, friendship, empathy and the ability to give and receive love. Green is the color of the heart
chakra and the musical note is F. Sometimes the heart chakra is shown as pink, especially in relation to sending love out
from the heart.
The Solar Plexus chakra or Third chakra is located midway between the end of the breastbone and the navel. It is associated
with issues of personal power, emotions (especially blocked emotions), passion for living, and the ability to protect oneself
from being the target of negative or aggressive emotions. Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra and the musical note is E.
The Sacral chakra, also called the Second chakra or the Sexual chakra, is positioned in the area between the navel and the
pubic bone. Depending on which sources you read, it can be shown to be centered on the navel itself or to be aligned with the sexual
organs - ovaries in women and testes in men. It is associated with creativity, sexuality, relationship, and reproduction. Orange.
is the color of the sacral or second chakra and the musical note is D.
The Root chakra, also called the First or Base chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It is associated
with issues of
survival, drive, ambition, grounding one's energy in the physical dimension, your life forces, and balancing experiences that
create "fight or flight". Red is the color of the root chakra and the musical note is C.
Age of the Tibetan Singing Bowls
We 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. We will however state that all the bowls shown here were created for local use and were used as such. These
bowls are all from the Himalayas regions near Tibet.
Some of the Tibetan hand hammered singing bowls are up to 250 years old and come unpolished in its original form with superb
hammer marks visible and a great smooth patina. Some were used in Tibetan Buddhist mediation over the years. All bowls are
accompanied with striker which is used to make the bowl sing and the pillow (cushion) for resting the bowl.
Each bowl is hand selected for its tone, size, and quality. It has a wonderful tone that carries for a very long time.
The multi-layered tone of the large size bowls (10" and more) lasts as long as 4 minutes!
Hand made in a wonderful combination of
7 different metals which create 7 different distinct tones. According to tradition, the seven metals correspond with each
of the planets, gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon, mercury for well, Mercury, copper for Venus, iron for Mars, tin for
Jupiter, and lead for Saturn.
Used in India from ancient times, Singing Bowls were brought to Tibet from India along with the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Most people use these bowls for Buddhist spiritual meditation or to create a great art or conversation piece.
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 (and more) metals, is hand hammered, very old, and only made with native metals of the Himalayas.