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1. What are Singing Bowls?
In 1951 China invaded Tibet. Then the
Chinese began to destroy most of the monasteries and temples. Many monks
fled the country. Living outside their country and in poverty created
pressure to sell their belongings. In this way singing bowls became
slowly known to the public.
Before the Chinese invasion no one had
ever heard about these particular sound making bowls, although a singing
bowl had been found in an excavation in Tibet, proving they existed some
4000 years ago.
From the spare knowledge we have, we know that the
Tibetan lamas used the bowls secretly and for themselves alone, although
it seems reasonable that other monks were using them too. The practice
of the singing bowls actually came from shamans before Buddhism even was
present in Tibet.
Singing bowls profoundly affect and harmonize body
and soul. Their sounds allow a deep state of relaxation, and as a result
one becomes more aware of one’s inner being and center. Placing and
playing singing bowls on the body promotes a deep sound massage of every
cell and organ, resulting in a remarkable feeling of well-being.
do singing bowls consists of? Traditionally they were made of seven
metals corresponding to the seven visible planets. Of course it is
impossible to find out what you have for sure without destroying your
bowl. The singing bowls now made in Northern India and Nepal are
typically made with three or five metals, a few of them have been made
with all seven metals. No two singing bowls are the same, as they are
each hand made. Quality thus varies, and one has to be careful when
buying a bowl.
copyright 2001 by Dirk Gillabel