For meditation, relaxation, music, or personal well-being; singing bowls are used all over.
In some Buddhist practices, singing bowls are used as a signal to begin and end periods of silent meditation. They are also used in other cultures for various purposes, often to mark changes in activity, or for meditation. In Japan, singing bowls are found in many temples, and are used in traditional funeral rites and ancestor worship.
Bronze bells have been found in Asia, dating back to the 8-10th century. Singing bells are related to decorative bells
Nowadays they are made in Nepal, India, Japan, China, and Korea. The traditional way of creating a bowl is by hand hammering, however modern brass alloy bowls are machine lathed.
A singing bowl is classified as a bell, but it sits with the bottom of the bowl resting on perhaps a cushion, with the rim of the bowl vibrating to create the sound. Smaller bowls create higher tones, while larger bowls produce a wide range of rich, deeper sounds.
Singing bowls are very personal, so try a few before you decide. At Samax, we always try to keep a range of traditional and modern bowls in stock.