The use of the Tingshas bells
April 08, 2015
The tingshas they are a pair of dish-shaped bells connected by a leather strap. They are used in the practice of meditation for the unique, sustained, non-harmonic sound they produce. The tingshas they have their origin in Bön, an ancient Tibetan shamanic tradition that preceded and influenced Buddhism. Its purpose is to summon; call the conscience to remember who we are and recognize our priorities in the world. Hitting one against the other, the tingshas they produce a pure, dissonant and intentionally non-harmonic sound. Its resonance is said to be so pervasive that it reaches every cell in our body, preparing us to gain the necessary concentration to reach a meditative state. Each bell in the pair has a slightly different weight than the other, and are usually made of an alloy of bronze, iron, and zinc, all of these characteristics designed to create their particular sound. The lifestyle, cultural context, and spiritual beliefs surrounding the use of tingshas they are very different in Tibetan Buddhism and the variety of other spiritual habits in which they have been incorporated. In a yoga class they are often used to enter and exit the phase of meditation, or to emerge from Savasana. The sound they emit indicates both the beginning, when we let go of the present, and the end, when we awaken physically and spiritually in material reality. The bells tingshas They are used for healing purposes in sound therapy as they are believed to stimulate receptor cells in the middle ear. Those who practice Feng Shui also often use bells. tingshas to cleanse a room or building of negative energies by sounding them in each of the four corners.
The ways in which Tingshas bells are most used
- As a starting and ending point for a session of meditation. A few taps between the bells will give a ceremonial sense to the session.
- As a focal point for meditation. Bells are struck or struck several times to provide a sound to focus on
- As a device for cleaning spaces and opening energy fields.