Singing Bowls, also known as Tibetan Singing Bowls, Meditation Bowls, Himalayan Bowls, and Zen Bowls.
We are here to provide helpful information on all sorts of topics that relate to singing bowls, meditation, and improving the human condition. But if you've come here to buy a singing bowl (aka himalayan bowl, meditation bowl, etc...) we offer some of the highest quality bowls around. Furthermore, if you accidentally stumbled upon this page and are wondering, "What is a singing bowl?" well, it's pretty much an upside down bell used with meditation or Tibetan Buddhist ritual. It rests on its bottom and is either struck, or rubbed with a mallet, causing an extremely sophisticated resonance. Primarily associated with Buddhism, these zen-like bowls have been in use since around the 10th Century AD and are mostly made of bronze, copper, and/or tin, although there is a mixture of 7 metals that is considered the most authentic type of meditation bowl.
Topics Related to Meditation Bowls
The most popular type of these beautiful meditative devices are Tibetan Singing Bowls. They come with an obvious relation to Tibetan Buddhism as they are often used to signal the beginning and end to meditation. So much of this website is also devoted to information on Buddhism. And while there are lots of great websites, books, magazines, etc... about Buddhism, we will try to structure our articles as more of a beginner's guide to Buddhism or Buddhism 101. Also, articles on types of meditation and consciousness expanding themes will be explored as the site continues to grow. Himalayan Bowls have been an important spiritual tool for hundreds of years and there's not a lot of solid information available. SingingBowlZen.com strives to answer all of your questions about these wonderful instruments of mindfulness.
Meditation Pillows, Buddha Statues, Tingsha, Mala Beads and More
We also sell high quality Zafu (aka meditation pillows). They come in all sorts of varieties; some draped in cotton fabric, others in silk or hemp. Our meditation cushions are also filled with either cotton or kapok fibers. We even sell meditation kneeling benches for people who prefer that type of pose. Or if you're looking for a Buddha statue, we currently offer an assortment of beautifully crafted statue likeneses of the Buddha. And if you're looking for an alternative to singing bowls, we sell Tingsha now. Tingsha are a smaller alternative and essentially two smaller cymbals joined together by a leather strap. While you're meditating or reciting mantras you'll probably want mala beads to accompany you. We sell all sorts of prayer mala beads including kinds made from rudraksha, sandalwood, rosewood, and bodhi seed.
Meditation Tip #43 - Begin your meditation session with a casual strike to the zen bowl. As your session ends and are ready to go on with your day, gently strike the bowl and let your session fade with the resonance.