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Tibetan Singing Bowls

Updated on March 31, 2015

Singing Bowls


About Singing Bowls

Singing bowls originated in the Buddhist religious tradition of Tibet (Himalayas), India, Nepal, Japan, China. Singing bowls were introduced to the European civilization along with the Eastern culture. Along with physical and mental meditation western people enjoy the positive effect of the vibrating sound produced by the Tibetan singing bowls. Singing bowls in western hemisphere are used in healthcare, relaxation, meditation, trance induction, and spiritual and religious practices. Singing bowls have become precious collectibles worldwide. The article provides useful general information as well as marketing tips about singing bowls.

Singing Bowls


Tibetan Singing Bowls

Tibetan singing bowls are also called simply singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, medicine bowls, rin or suzu gongs. The basic idea behind singing bawls resembles that of bells although they differ in shape and placement possibilities. Likewise they produce multi-phonic vibrating chants by means of physical manipulation with the surface. In order to diversify overtones different alloys are used both in the singing bowls and bells. The metals traditionally used in singing bowls include: bronze (copper), zinc, iron, tin, gold, silver, nickel, and the so-called sky-iron that is extracted from tektites and meteorites. Due to copper and silver singing bowls have anti-bacterial effect on human organism.

Unlike with the bells, in order to get a sound from a singing bowl you should normally rub a leather covered or wooden mallet round the bowl’s rib. Although soft strikes to the bowl’s back are also practiced. Chants of singing bowls resemble those of the classic church bells. Also the key difference between bells and singing bowls (also known as standing bowls) is that bowls rest on their bottoms. Singing bowls differ in alloy, size, shape, color, ornaments and decoration. Singing bowls can be ornamented everywhere on their inside or outside.

Singing Bowls


Benefits of Singing Bowls

Scientific studies on singing bowls are conducted in Europe and America, however, much still remains obscure about their origin and influence on the human mind and body. Archeologists have among their findings the bronze singing bowls dating back to 700s –900s A.D. Although the bowls’ manufacturing technology used now rests on ancient “recipes” scientists doubt it is 100 per cent original method of production. The bowls speak for themselves. The evidence is that the ancient singing bowls differ with the “younger” bowls in sounding. As the old tradition has it - only when enough time passes the singing bowls start to allot their unique mature sounding.

Oriental or souvenir shops as well as e-stores have a great variety of singing bowls on offer. Bowls of different manufacturing traditions coming form different eastern countries are on sale. The price on singing bowls differs depending on the alloy and the bowl’s age. You may be presented with a list of singing bowls including: Tibetan Buddhist 4 – 7” hand hammered singing bowl with striker, Tibetan Om Mani Padme Hum Singing Bowl with striker, as well as green, blue, and silver singing bowls with strikers. Singing bowls may be on offer with or without a singing bowl cushion or a wooden stand as they are usually sold separately. When making market inquiries about singing bowls you should know that they are normally priced from $70 up to $140 and higher.

Tibetan Singing Bowls and Meditation


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    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Roc6 :-)

      I do meditation my self from time to time ,and it is great!

      Thank you for your visit :-)

    • roc6 profile image


      7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank You, I just love singing bowls, I got my own, what a pleasure. I also go once a month for a singing bowl meditation.

    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Mythbuster :-)

    • mythbuster profile image


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      This hub is so awesome, shai77. I'm enjoying the video/audio here right now. Nice explanations about the bowls and also some methods by which they are utilized. Thanks for sharing.

    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi SteveoMc :-)

      Glad that you like it.

      I also wrote an article about charging water with singing bowls,which is interesting.I hope you will enjoy it as well.

    • SteveoMc profile image


      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I have no idea why I paid no attention to singing bowls before. I love these, for some reason they speak to me. I must investigate this much more. Thanks for the information and the introduction.


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