Singing Bowl Info

 What is singing Bowl?
In Buddhism, the singing bowl is a ritual object used in the Himalayan region since ancient times. When "played" with a wooden stick, the metal bowl emits a resounding sound that assists in meditation and releases mantras. Singing bowls are traditionally constructed of seven metals: gold, silver, mercury, copper, iron, tin and lead, which correspond to the seven planets (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, respectively). The pitch of the bowl depends its thickness, size and weight. The pitch is fixed but may be controlled as to tone and volume by the force of the tap, the hardness of the striking stick, and the point of percussion. Creating a contemplative and calming sound, singing bowls are used throughout the Himalayas in monasteries and homes to aid meditation. The sound of a singing bowl can be used to mark the beginning or end of a meditation period, or during meditation to focus the mind. It is also believed that mantras chanted during the making of a singing bowl are released into the universe when the bowl is played (thus having a similar function as a prayer wheel). In recent years, the use of singing bowls has come to the West, where they are used in meditation as well as prescribed by alternative health practitioners to assist healing. The sound produced by a singing bowl is believed to evoke the Kundalini chakra. To play a singing bowl, hold the bowl gently in the palm of your hand, allowing the body of the bowl to vibrate freely. With the wooden stick (puja), rub the outside rim in a circular motion, keeping an even pressure. Gently increase the speed as the bowl begins to vibrate, and as the sound grows. You can also tap the bowl to begin the vibration.


 

Why Play Singing Bowls?
Singibowls are very enjoyable to play. The experience is both invigorating and relaxing. Take time out to play a singing    bowl every day, either as part of meditation or just to enjoy a few minutes of peace. Sound is very beneficial to our our health and well being. The warm tone, gentle vibration and subtle harmonic overtones provide many subtle benefits. Give yourself this little gift every day. It is also a wonderful opportunity to share with others. You can play them in group mediation, with music, in the classroom or yoga studio. There are many uses for sound. Even if you don't have a reason, it's always a nice treat. For Buddhists, singing bowls offer a way to renew the Bodhisattva vow every day or can be used as part of your daily offerings. Think of the sound as an offering for the benefit of all living things. The following guidelines will help you learn to play your Himalayan Bowl with skill and ease.


 

How to Use a Singing Bowl?

The  “Around-The-Rim” Technique.
 

 

  1. Hold the singing bowl on the palm of the left hand.For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on you fingertips.

  2. Grasp the mallet about he mid-length , with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the woods.( If you are using one of our paddle mallets, the red wool should be on the top.) Palm downward.

  3. Gently tap the mallets against the side of the bowl to “Warm-up” the bell.

  4.  With an even pressure, rub the mallet clockwise around the outside edge  of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, just like stirring an big kettle of soup. And keep the mallets straight up and down! Again, its not a writ movement, but a full-arm movement