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Old master bowls.

Vibration is the most essential characteristic of singing bowls. Vibration is life, and it adds life.

The deeper meaning has something to do with the sound of HUM, which permeates the space, according to the Tibetan tradition. The sound of a Tibetan singing bowl is like HUM, natural, harmonious and deep.


Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Concert bowls.

The bowls contain seven metals, one for each planet of the Tibetan astrology. Gold represents the Sun, silver the moon, copper Venus, tin Jupiter, etc. Each component is a part of the purifying effect of the bowl, which is important in feng shui also. The portions are different in every bowl, and not all the bowls contain all the 7 metals.

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Old Master Bowl
Old Master Bowl.

Tibetan doctors used to put a bowl above the head of a patient. After hitting the bowl he examined how the vibration permeated the body of the patient, and saw any energy blockages which didn't let through the energy flow. This diagnose helped him to choose the right cure for the illness.

After the diagnose, especially the large bowls can be used for actual healing also, because their harmonious vibrations affect the cakras balancing them. A sensitive healer may find special bowls for different cakras.

Big and small bowls are largely used for purifying places, like rooms or houses, even villages.

The sound is ideal for the beginning and the end of a meditation session, because it effectively calms the mind and helps concentration.

Special rhythms have been created for balancing the elements - earth, water, fire and wind. In this system the player chooses a set of four bowls with different pitches, one for each element, and plays the rhythm continuously. This is even more effective in a group of four players, where every player has one bowl and element.

Also many secret methods of using the bowls have existed, especially among ancient shamans and monks.

Good vibrations
The most common way of using a bowl is just rubbing its brim with a wooden stick, enjoying the different sounds and feeling the vibrations spreading through ones arm to the whole body.

Incence stand
Pouring some rice or sand in a bowl makes it a beautiful incence stand.

Special type.

The big bowls.







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