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Singing Bowls
 
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This is a pure snow white bowl spun from quartz Crystal. It comes with a special hide covered beater and a special box made for this unique work of art. It is 8 inches tall. 210

Small bowls between 100 and 150-a lot depends on both tone and rarity of shape

Negative tone bowls for balancing between good and bad thoughts in meditation-
playing a positive tone bowl with good thoughts 175 each

and then a negative bowl with bad thoughts and alternating -allowing the sound to fade between gently beating the side of the bowl until you only play the positive tone bowl which washes the negative thoughts out. Creates a very deep relaxation

 

Large Tibet Bowls with incredible low and very long tone 1000 each.
These are very old bowls in excess of 200 years and probably more.

Made from 5 metals I bought one from the Sotheby's Tibetan sale nearly 25 years ago and the other at the same time from a collector of Buddhist artefacts.

 

  

A large bowl with a good tone 250

 

A small travelling bowl for Meditation and food bought from a Tibetan Monk 100

 

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Large very old bowl with very nice gentle tone that lasts. 11 inches across 400

 

 

Superb bowl -very large with a wonderful long low tone. 600

 

Japanese Rin or Temple Bowls:


These Bowls are very rare. The large bowl is the famous Tokugawa Iyeasu
 Bowl shown and described fully on the website and the smaller bowls are later 18th century.

http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/largebowl.htm

Tokugawa Iyasu's Bowl presented to the Horyuji Temple in Nara -click this line

 

   
   
   
An Introduction to Tibetan, Himalayan-Nepalese and Eastern Singing Bowls

Used in Meditation, these unique instruments can cause the listener to experience different mood changes depending on the Master playing them. The actual name is called BON and this means container. Indeed it is also used as a vessel for eating and drinking.

The Japanese Bowls are used in Zen Buddhism for starting a chant and is a respected sound that Craig rarely ever plays.

The sound of these bowls have impressed the Western listener for a number of years now. The origins of these bowls and the reason they have been made so is still a puzzle to many,

Where I am not refuting the religious significance of the use of sound, the harmonics and the sheer enveloping peaceful all enclosing feature of these sounds, these bowls have in most cases, no other reason but for one of eating.

The bowls were made by travelling 'Bowl Makers' who used the local available metals for manufacturing these simple shapes into vessels for offering to spirits, departed or otherwise, eating vessels for Monks or Disciples and perhaps simply cooking pots for the local stews or 'Balti's' which is a generic word as opposed to a style of food from Baltistan. Metal bowls are still in use when you order food in Restaurants that specialise in Indian cookery and it is reasonable to assume that these bowls were, in the main, used for similar purposes....except for one thing.

Why have most of these bowls such beautiful sounds? Why have some that sound like the very screeching of hells own devils and then why have some the ability to raise water in a fountain or a series of little fountains that rise in perfect form above the very rim of the bowl.

I tried to answer this question many years ago and found that any bowl like object made of metal or glass can give out a resonating tone. This is simply the vibration of the bowl shape building in intensity. The obvious example is when you may have run your finger around the rim of a wet glass. Indeed there are excellent Crystal Bowls now available in North America which give off resonate and lasting tones although I have still to work with these. I did manage to find a superb crystal bowl in China shown above along with some amazing crystal Tuning forks of very large size that I will soon be offering. I have worked with metal bowls for thirty years and perhaps I am set in my ways now.

What we have in the Bronze Singing Bowl is a richer deeper version of that range of available tones.

Used extensively in meditation and relaxing techniques today, the Bowl or to give it its more used name among the cognoscenti, Bon, has been recorded, played in concerts and used by therapists to relax patients. Indeed I too use this when asked by the friends that are aware of my interest in Bon. It is not always a comforting sound though.

Screaming bowls are used by masters to educate the students in the understanding of Bon. When 'played, the screaming bowl can emit a high level sound that is extremely penetrative to the ears and brain. If not understood this particular bowl can cause great pain. So why have such a thing?

It is used so that the listener can stop hearing the sound by turning the received or perceived, sound off inside their own brain.

What happens is that when the sound is heard, you must not hear it. This technique is part of the learning of Bon. Hear what is not there and control what you wish to hear or do not wish to hear.

The various bowls can give out different feelings of mood. I will partially describe one technique. This technique uses a number of different bowls but the core example is as follows. Use a soft sound and a harsh sound. Playing the soft sound allows your listener to feel comfortable and have nice thoughts.

Playing the harsh sound immediately the soft sound gets quieter makes the listener think of bad thoughts. Repeating these sounds with the harsh sound retreating until only the soft sound is being played puts the listener into a deep relaxed state that continues for up to an hour after the sounds have stopped altogether. By the time they 'recover', all their stress, and in nearly all instances, anxieties, have either gone or are heavily reduced.

This is one way I use the Bon sound to help my friends.

Using one yourself will help you to achieve a personal relaxed state. I use recordings of Bon that I overlay with Shakuhachi type sounds that I play on my Clarinet, Didgeridoo or Native American Flutes. I use the lovely sounds that emanate from these instruments to give the sound of rustling leaves, gentle breezes, rain on water, pensive bird calls and many other sounds of nature but all in harmony to the deep resonating sounds of Bon. Recently converted to Native American Flute and the Didge, I have found a whole new range of sounds to use in meditation.

I have given concerts on these bowls around the world followed by individual classes as well as group classes and as more people begin to understand Singing Bowls there simple message is now becoming a world wide phenomena. I am asked to obtain special bowls for students and while this does take time I am usually able to locate and supply these.

Check out  Danny Bechers new Album on Tibetan Singing Bowls. Buy it at Amazon.com
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http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/largebowl.htm

Tokugawa Iyasu's Bowl presented to the Horyuji Temple in Nara and now in the collection of Craig Coussins-click this line

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NEW 2007
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New film of Craig demonstrating bowls-Click Line


2: New film clip from the Antiques Roadshow-click line and also below


3: Images of Japan 2006

General Information on Singing Bowls

Craig has been interested in Singing Bowls since 1970 and uses them as a meditation tool. Along with Didgeridoo and Native American Flutes, his concerts are always a truly inspirational and uplifting experience for the audience.

 Singing Bowls are one of the most amazing sounds to listen to however. They have very beautiful tones and we sometimes plays them for groups of friends or use them as a relaxing method for friends who are needing de-stressed from the problems of the world. Our Bowls come from Japan, Tibet and the Himalayas. They are a bronze metal with either 5, 7 or 10 metals in their construction. Some have a high gold content and the tones are extremely variable with deep low tones being Craig's favourite. All the bowls here are from the Svetlana Coussins Collection of Oriental and Native American Instruments
 

 
 
 
 

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