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Singing Bowls of Tibet

Updated on September 23, 2013

Songs of the Soul

  • Tibetan Singing Bowls
  • are often seen in Buddhist
  • meditation
  • centers and retreats, but you may have seen one during a yoga class, at a musical event, or even at a friends home. The heavy, beautiful bowls are more than gorgeous decoration or a musical instrument - they produce sounds of calm, peace and healing!

Origin of the Tibetan Singing Bowl

Hand-hammered Sacred Objects of Tibet

  • The singing bowl originated in Tibet, deep in the mountains of the Himalayas. They have quite an array of sizes and shapes to produce different sounds.Unfortunately, after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950s most of the information and rituals of the singing bowls has been lost.
  • Singing bowls are produced in two factories in Derge where the metal is hand-hammered into the proper shape. "Singing bowls are unique because they are multiphonic instruments, producing multiple harmonic overtones at the same time." The multi-tones are due to the bowls being made up of an alloy of metals consisting of 5 to 12 different metals.
  • "Legends state that one of these metals is meteorite iron. It has been hypothesized that this use of meteorite iron may be one of the reasons why Tibetan bowls have such amazing sounds."

Quotes from:

Singing Bowl Wiki

Picture from:

(A bowl in the fire prepping for hand hammering)

Silver Tibetan Buddhist Singing Bowl

Tibetan Buddhist Silver 10 Inch Buddha Singing Bowl - $ 215.00
This Tibetan Buddhist 10 inch singing bowl is made from 7 metals. This singing bowl has the Amitahba Buddha engraved on the inside, and the eight auspicious signs are engraved around the outside. This singing bowl is 10 inches wide at its thickest point, and 4 inches tall. The tone of this singing bowl is very low and deep, because the bowl is so large. This Tibetan Buddhist singing bowl was handmade in Nepal.

The singing bowl comes with a stand and a mallet that is used either to strike the bowl for a bell tone or run along the exterior of the bowl for a soothing, constant hum.

• Used during rituals and and pujas (such as the Tibetan ritual of Bon)

• Used during daily meditation practice

• Used for healing the body and energy

• Used to signal the beginning and end of a meditation, Reiki or yoga class

• Used for relaxation purposes and to gently fall asleep

Picture From Tibetan Singing Bowl School

The Power of Sound

The Transformative Ability of Vibrational Frequencies

  • Mantra chanting, chimes, gongs, and singing bowls have all been used for their healing and transformative affects, but how can sound transform an aspect on my life? Vibration. Not a single object around us is actually "still," everything is alive with its own vibratory frequency. Sound waves, which are also vibrations, permeate everything within range. Just like the waves from this tuning fork expand further away from the fork. The waves of the sound touches the subtle vibration wave of your cells and produces a combined effect. The interaction between sound, our bodies, energy fields, and everything around us produces change even it is very subtle. Have you listened to a beautiful piece of music and wept? Has your favorite upbeat music made you want to get up and move? Often I hear music that seems to touch the deepest core of me. It is all the vibration of sound.
  • Singing bowls are designed to produce a sound that creates a certain reaction in the cells of the body and its energy flow (Shakti / Prana). Different bowls produce a unique sound and effect. This is why singing bowls are used for healing and in meditation to calm the mind.

Melodies of Tibetan Bowls - Watch the Technique of Playing the Singing Bowls!

Om Box Singing Bowl Gift Set

Tibetan Om Symbol Leather Box and 6 Inch Hand-Hammered Singing Bowl Gift Set - $ 119.00
This lovely gift set comes with a 6 inch hand-hammered singing bowl, a mallet, and it is inside a beautiful leather box made especially for us. There is an om symbol on the front of this leather box, and there are flowers decorating the outside of this box. The box is made from elm wood and covered in leather. The leather box is 5 inches tall, 7.75 inches wide, and 7.75 inches in depth. There is a beaufitul clasp on the front of this leather box. This leather box was handmade and hand-painted in China, and the singing bowl was handmade in Nepal. This gift set makes the perfect gift for someone special. This box is large enough to hold a cushion, leather mallet, or a singing bowl stand from the singing bowl accessories section as well if you would like to include those items.

Deep, Rich Blue Tibetan Bowl

Tibetan Singing Bowl- Blue 8.5 Inches - $ 124.99
This Blue 8.5 Inch Tibetan singing bowl is made from 7 metals. This singing bowl is 8.5 inches wide at it's thickest point, and 3.5 inches tall. The Tibetan Buddhist mantra, "Om Mani Padme Hum," is painted in gold around the outside of this singing bowl, and there is a double dorje symbol on the inside of the bowl. The singing bowl stand shown here is available for purchase in our singing bowl accessories section, and the striker is included. This Tibetan Buddhist blue singing bowl was handmade in Nepal.

Lucky Symbols Peace Singing Bowl

Relaxing Yoga Meditation Om Peace Singing Bowl / Silk Cushion / Rosewood Mallet Set
Relaxing Yoga Meditation Om Peace Singing Bowl / Silk Cushion / Rosewood Mallet Set

Relaxing Heavy Tibetan Buddhist Meditation 8 Lucky Symbols Peace Singing Bowl. This is an absolutely gorgeous bowl with Great relaxing Sound. Hand Etched 8 Lucky Symbols on the Face, DOUBLE DORJI (Wisdom And Wealth) Inside and THIRD EYE (Remover Of Obstacles) Bottom of the bowl. Price includes 1 wooden stand and 1 mallet. Size: 4" Diameter and 2.25" in Depth Weight: 300 Grams RETAILS: OVER $90.


Have You Ever Heard the Voice of a Singing Bowl? - When was the last time a piece of music stirred your soul?

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      I've attended a few events that included singing bowls - very beautiful!

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      Valdacious 6 years ago

      What a shame the rituals associated with these bowls are being lost. Thanks for making people aware.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I vibrate to the bowls while shamanzing or clearing the space-time around here -- great lens overview -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      Another nice lens- thankyou!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautifully done, there's such peace here.....

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      rbc 7 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by them, I got one a year ago. I go to a singing bowl meditation at the Tibetan Teahouse in Simonstown on the last Saturday of the month. It is truly amazing.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      My husband was wanting a set for his birthday but I kinda thought it was something he should pick out for himself. I think I'll direct him to your lens.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Music often stirs my soul . . . daily! I haven't knowingly listened to Tibetan singing bowls, but I do listen to chakra healing music/tones and bowls may be included in that music. Great lens!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It's quite true that certain pieces of music can "stir your soul". I have several like that. The Singing Bowls of Tibet is a fascinating story. Enjoyed learning about it.

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      Yes, I have and I was quite impressed. This is an amazing instrument and you did a wonderful job with this lens.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I am so enjoying this series of lenses from you, Shannon. I have never really heard a singing bowl so listened to the video. I do know what you mean about certain pieces of music.