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The sound of singing bowls in Nepal

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18 photos, 1,000 words

The singing bowls came to Tibet from India at the same time that Buddhism was introduced to Tibet in the 8th century. Singing bowls are still used today by Tibetan Buddhist monk for religious purposes. But nowadays the bowls are widely used as an aid to meditation, yoga, music therapy and sound healing.

Why are they called singing bowls? Because they sing! When holding the bowl in the palm of your hand so that it is free to vibrate, you run a wooden mallet along the rim of the bowl lightly. Striking the side of the bowl will also produce sound, much like ringing a bell.  

My story will explore the history of the singing bowls and the use today as a therapeutic tool. Santa Ratna Shakya from Boudha will be interviewed, He produces singing bowls and he organizes workshops where he teaches healers from the West.

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  • Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Workshop at singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya,  Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya,  Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls, Nepalese Crafts Company, Patan, Nepal
    Singing bowls, Nepalese Crafts Company, Patan, Nepal
  • Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Workshop by Santa Ratna Shakya to foreign therapists to teach singing bowl therapy, Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
    Workshop by Santa Ratna Shakya to foreign therapists to teach singing bowl therapy, Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre, owned by Santa Ratna Shakya, Bodhnath Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Singing bowls for sale at The Sound Planetarium shop, for massage therapy with planet sounds, Bodhnata Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Singing bowls for sale at The Sound Planetarium shop, for massage therapy with planet sounds, Bodhnata Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Solidad, owner ofThe Sound Planetarium shop, for massage therapy with planet sounds, demonstrating how to work with singing bowls, Bodhnata Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
    Solidad, owner ofThe Sound Planetarium shop, for massage therapy with planet sounds, demonstrating how to work with singing bowls, Bodhnata Stupa, Boudha, Nepal
  • Man producing metalware, Buddhist old town, Patan, Nepal
    Man producing metalware, Buddhist old town, Patan, Nepal

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