The Tibetan bowl is traditionally used for prayer, meditation as well as for holistic therapeutic treatments (healing by sounds).
The best singing bowls are from the Dharamsala/Benares (region in India), and are made of a seven metals alloy: bronze, copper, tin, zinc, iron, silver and gold, which corresponds to the seven planets of the solar system, seven chakras … etc.
The sound is obtained by circular friction of the stick around the bowl to obtain a continuous sound.
How to make your Tibetan bowl sing?
Place the Tibetan bowl flat on your left hand, which must remain flat (the fingers must not touch the bowl). Hold the stick with your right hand, and begin by giving, gently and softly, one or several small blows to make the bowl ring.
Then try to rotate the stick circularly around the bowl by pressing more or less strongly on the bowl.
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You will get a very pure sound that has healing and calming virtues.
The simple fact of making your bowl sing is a meditation in itself, because one has to center oneself and be in the present moment.
This incredibly rich and beautiful sound is actually a harmonic (several notes) sometimes complex, and that is characteristic of each bowl.
The stick can be made of wood or covered with felt for a softer sound.
You can also use a soft mallet to hit the bowl, which will produce a warm bell sound.
The popularity of Tibetan bowls is due to the remarkable sound they produce. They have been an integral part of Asian culture for centuries.
The singing bowls can be decorated with spiritual motifs and symbols (the Om mani padme hum mantra, or carved Buddha).
Arasia sells many Tibetan bowls as well as several models of Tibetan bowls sticks, and Tibetan bowls pads.