Bells, Tingshas, and Gongs
Traditional Tingshas The small cymbals are made of blended metals, just like the singing bowls. The sound of the Tingshas is like a summons. It brings us to the here and now. In meditation, tingshas are used to indicate the beginning and the end. At the beginning you let go of everything except the clean moment of here and now; at the end you awaken physically and spiritually in the here and now of material reality. Tingshas are also used to clear the energy present in a room and “open” it by sounding the tingshas in the four corners of a room. A great way to clear energy when smudging is not appropriate! All come with storycard and playing instructions.
How to Use Sound for Space Clearing
Use Space Clearing Bells and Tingshas in the following manner. First, ring the bell or chime the tingsha in the center of a room to clear vibrations. Then go to the right of the door and begin ringing it, proceeding clockwise (opening direction) around the room. Clear each room, ending up at the front door with the final chime or ring. In this manner, you are literally “sweeping away” negativity right out the door, while opening up the space. It works wonders in our store and our customers often comment on the “good energy” they feel as soon as they enter. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!
Bells are made of bronze or brass, often containing silver. The handle of the bell is the knob of the dorje, resting on a moon disc, underneath there is the face of the goddess or female Buddha – incarnation of wisdom and truth. Looking at the outside of the bell from above, you see a mandala which represents the voice of the gods. The outer (bottom) edge is filled with exactly 51 dorjes, which represent the 51 small unknowns which can be resolved by the effect of the bell. The sound mantra of the bell is “OM”, which symbolizes perfection. In tradition the bell is held in one hand, with the dorje (the diamond scepter or thunderbolt) in the other, representing feminine and masculine energy merging.