It is said that Tibetan singing bowls are forged with a prayer in every hammer blow, infusing them with a million prayers of pure intention for the highest good.

According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 - 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

Metallurgical analysis have varied. The original analysis we know of from Concordia University, Quebec is an eight metal alloy of copper and tin with traces of iron, lead, zinc, gold, silver and mercury.

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bells produce have a direct affect upon their chakras.

Playing the bells usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a "frequency following response" that creates a balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl tunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

Chakra Singing Bowls for Healing

Since singing bowls are tuned to specific musical notes which correspond to the chakras, when a bowl attuned to a chakra is played it works to balance that chakra and remove stagnant energy from that chakra.

The sound of Tibetan singing bowls has a healing effect on people, and so can be used therapeutically. Here is an introduction to singing bowls related to the main chakras according to the Buddhist Tantric System.

C - Root
Tibetan singing bowls are associated with the color red. This color suggests grounding, stability, and physical identity. Many people suffering from emotional issues such as detachment, co-dependency, or 'heartbreak' are C Tibetan singing bowl because of its calming note, as this Tibetan singing bowl creates a feeling of security. A Healing Grade C Tibetan singing bowl can also help someone who is trying to get accustomed to new circumstances, e.g. starting a new job, going to a new school, or moving to a new area.

D - Sacral
Tibetan singing bowls are associated to the spleen, and represented by the color orange. Orange is one of the brightest and most vivid colors. The note D is sometimes associated with sexuality, creative energy, and emotions. Chakra D resonates in the body creative energy, and is brought forth if the D Tibetan singing bowl is used for meditation or to accompany a song/chant. As the note is played, you may feel inner emotions coming out which you have not felt before. A D singing bowl is also capable of bringing out sexual energy from within. Feelings of lust and dominance can be arisen in those who use this bowl or undergo this kind of treatment. 

E - Solar Plexus
Tibetan singing bowls are associated with the solar plexus, and represented by the color yellow. The plexus, which is the central area of the body containing most nerve endings (around the gut and spine), can be stimulated by a E chakra Tibetan singing bowl. The use of this singing bowl brings out gut feelings, vitality, and self-esteem. The colour yellow goes along with these feelings as well. Yellow is traditionally the color of the sun, which is often associated with the feelings of vitality and self-esteem. Using this bowl during winter months can be helpful, as it brings positive energy into the plexus, and can help to prevent the ‘winter blues’.

F - Heart
Tibetan singling bowls are associated with the heart, the color of this chakra is green. Green is the color of rejuvenation, growth, and general well-being. The note F symbolises unconditional love, compassion, and balance. Some people who are having trouble in personal relationships use a F Tibetan singing bowl to bring peace and love back into both romantic and platonic relationships. Often those going through difficult times with a family member or spouse use these singing bowls to bring the relationship back to where it once was. These Tibetan singing bowls also help to bring positive energy and raise someone's self-esteem, and can lift the weight of depression.

G - Throat
Tibetan singing bowls are assotiated with the throat, the color of this Chakra is blue. When played, this tibetan singing bowl brings forth the attributes of communication, truth, and self-expression. It can also help someone who is suffering from a throat or mouth sickness. The note G singing bowl is excellent for someone who is struggling to communicate with another person. It can give someone the energy required to communicate properly, as well as increase his/her ability to express him/herself clearly. 

A - Third Eye
Tibetan singing bowls are associated with intuition, clairvoyance, and imagination, and represented by the color indigo. The chakra A represents the Third Eye, which has the capability of looking upwards and seeing things that would not normally be seen.

B - Crown
Tibetan singing bowls are associated with the crown, and represented by the color purple or violet. Some people use this bowl to relieve their headaches and other head-related kinds of pain. Some also use a B Tibetan singing bowl during meditation. Purple is traditinally associated with spirit, faith, wisdom and inspiration.