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 A Buddhist or Tibetan singing bowl basically works like an upside-down bell and is usually made out of a metal. In order to get the bowl to make its unique "song", or bell-like tone, one either runs a finger or a mallet around the rim or one gently strikes the sides. The mallet can be made of plastic, bamboo, hardwood or leather


Buddhist singing bowls were actually made before Buddhism came to the Himalayan countries of Nepal and Tibet. The oldest singing bowls are about 4,000 years old. It is unknown what the oldest singing bowls were made of, what percentage of metals was used and how exactly they were made. Ancient singing bowls have never been reproduced in modern times that equal the exact tone and sound.


Legends state that old Buddhist singing bowls were made of a blend of seven metals important to astrology

Sometimes other metals such as nickel and zinc would be added. Other legends state that the oldest singing bowls were made from meteorites. There isn't any proof in 2009 to back up either of these theories.


Many metal objects of that time and era were made of a metallic blend called Panchaloha, which means "five metals." The five were copper, tin, zinc, iron and a fifth metal that was left up to the bowl maker's discretion. These could include gold, silver, nickel or metal from meteorites. Ancient singing bowls that have been analyzed show that they were made of the five metals, but also lead, cobalt, bismuth, cadmium and arsenic.

Modern Times

In modern times, as Buddhism has become more popular around the world, singing bowls have been made out of spun steel, crystal, copper, iron, zinc and brass, but most are made of bronze that does not include either silver or gold. They come in a variety of sizes and decorations.


Oral traditions from the Himalayas claim that Buddha used singing bowls in order to teach his students the concentration needed for meditation. Bowls can be used alone or with chanting mantras during meditation. The sounds of the singing bowls are also thought to ripple out into the universe for the benefit of all sentient beings.                 



 Sounds that are believed to activate the seven chakras, or energy centers, in the human body.

Violet (Crown Chakra)

Violet is the colour that corresponds with the crown chakra, located at the top of the head. The colour white is also associated with this chakra, whose attributes include self-awareness, spirituality and connection to a higher power. The musical note played on the Tibetan singing bowl for the crown chakra is B.

Indigo/Dark Blue (Third Eye Chakra)

An indigo or dark blue Tibetan singing bowl symbolizes the Third Eye chakra, located at the middle of the forehead. Psychic ability, intuition and visualization are attributes of this chakra. The musical note is A.

Light Blue (Throat Chakra)

A light blue singing bowl is used to activate the throat chakra, located at the base of the throat. This chakra is associated with self-expression and effective, honest communication. The musical note for the throat chakra is G.

Green (Heart Chakra)

A green Tibetan singing bowl activates the heart chakra. The heart symbolizes friendship, love and compassion. The musical note associated with the heart chakra is F.

Yellow (Solar Plexus Chakra)

A yellow Tibetan singing bowl corresponds with the solar plexus chakra, located between the navel and breastbone. Emotions and self-protection are associated with this chakra. The singing bowl musical note is E.

Orange (Sacral Chakra)

An orange Tibetan singing bowl is associated with the sacral or sexual chakra, which is located just below the navel. Reproduction, sexuality and creativity are corresponding attributes of this chakra. The Tibetan singing bowl note is D.

Red (Root Chakra)

A red Tibetan singing bowl represents the root or base chakra, located at the base of the spine. Life force, grounded energy, instinct and survival are associated with this chakra. The corresponding Tibetan singing bowl musical note is C.

Singing bowls, produce the primordial sound of ’AUM’: The fundamental utterance of energy metamorphosing into matter. They alter space, mind and time; awakening cellular memory and healing the energy body. The act of listening to their captivating overtones effectively stops one's internal dialog, the ’Monkey Mind’. The individual is transported into a space of tranquillity and balance where the ’Universal Chord’, found within each self, is touched, joined with, and understood. The Universal Chord, if you will, is the primordial substance from which our whole reality is made and from which our universe originated. Although the vibrational energy of the bowls can be directed to a specific area for healing purposes, they work more on a fundamental level.

These instruments are used within meditations and physical vibrational healing techniques. Their harmonic resonance is used to:


Reduce stress and pain


Balance energy


Create vitality synchronization and spontaneous healing


Effectively alter consciousness into a peaceful and expansive meditative state (trance induction)










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