The Tibetan Singing Bowl

In Tibetan culture, all art, or at least its most important manifestations, have been oriented to the practice of meditation. Both painting, sculpture and music are focused on meeting our spiritual side arts. His paintings on the concoct a roll fabric called tankas to meditate on them wherever they are, because the Tibetan people are a nomadic people.

Their musical instruments have also been developed primarily for meditation. That is, they are instruments whose sound helps us to enter deep in a meditative states, from bells and gongs and gongs to bowls. Also different types of flutes and wind instruments. 

The singing bowl is an instrument that today we can easily find in the West and with a little practice, we can benefit from its magical sound. As you can see from the picture, the bowl is used with a wooden stick to friction or impact with the sound it produces. It can be played in two ways, one gong type, ie, giving a blow that will cause a sound that will stay for a while. Or, rub the bowl with the wooden stick until little by little the sound is generating and maintaining turning more and more with the wooden stick around the bowl.

Hitting the bowl with the wooden stick.

Rubing the bowl with the wooden stick


Bowl vibration works on different levels. On a physical level the bowl emits the sound that is picked up by our ears. From ear it is transmitted to the brain and transmits it to the whole body through the nervous system. All this is done with incredible speed and entire body vibrates in a moment with the bowl. This produces a calming effect on tissues and organs, giving them a break and providing energy. At a more subtle level, the energy vibration generated by the bowl is picked up by the chakras and aura, where it expands throughout the energy system through the meridians. This vibration is directed mainly where there are imbalances and blockages. In summary, the bowl produces a harmonious vibration that balances our being and facilitates us into meditation.

If we decide to buy a bowl and work with it, they are a number of considerations to keep in mind. Today we can find basically two types of bowl:

  • Handmade bowls. This type of bowl is the authentic traditional Tibetan bowl. Where clearly we can observe the hammer blows that has shaped the bowl. They are made of an alloy of different metals and are a bit more difficult to play than mold bowls.

  • Bowls made ​​from mold. This kind of bowl is made with a more industrialized process starting with a template. It will not be seen hammering, its inside and its outside is perfectly smooth. We can easily get a nice sound with this type of bowl. They are also made of an alloy of various metals and may be gold baths and decorated with various designs.

Another important aspect is the size. There are different sizes of bowl and each of them produces a different sound. The larger bowl is the lower the sound it produces. And smaller produces sharper sound. We find seven basic sizes, where each produce a different note: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si. Each corresponding grades and sizes with the seven major chakras. So that, for example , a bowl in the note F tuned, will produce a vibration acting especially on the heart chakra. A good idea is to know our weakest chakras and buy us bowls with the right size to work these chakras.

Finally we have the choice of the bowl itself. A bowl is a living being that is capable of producing a harmonious vibration that leads to healing. Somehow, when you buy a bowl you have to feel called by the bowl. As if from all the bowls found in the store, there is one that specially attracts us. This is because the affinity vibrational between us and the bowl. Thus if we choose the affine bowl to us we achieve greater communion with the instrument and allow us to do a deeper job.

There are also so-called quartz bowl. They are bowls that are manufactured using quartz crystal. They are much more expensive, although the vibration they produce is extraordinary. If you like working with bowls and have space at home, a quartz bowl can become a key element in our way.

Article written by Miquel Vidal.