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There is no right way to choose a singing bowl, rather, let the singing bowl choose you!
Our humble suggestion is to close your eyes, and listen to the recording of each bowl, paying attention to what you feel, and where in your body you feel it. I think you may find that one will speak more loudly to you than the others. On each product page, you will find a sound recording of that bowl.
And don't worry about making a poor decision - we have a lifetime guarantee, so if you buy a bowl and find it's not the one for you, we will make the return and exchange until we get you the right one!
We offer a lifetime satisfaction guarantee on every single product we sell. Our aim is that with some gentle maintenance of your bowl, it should last a lifetime -- and we stand behind this idea
Just like you, we are consumers. And we have experienced the feeling of “being burned’ by receiving a product that we didn’t enjoy, and then getting stuck with it. We will never let you “feel stuck” with something that does not exceed your expectations.
Our bowls typically arrive in 3-5 days time.
After your order is placed, we send the order automatically to our fulfillment center. After careful consideration and experience shipping many singing bowls, we have found that often people can make a mistake with their shipping address, or want to add or remove items from their order.
Because of this, our fulfillment center will not pack and process your order for 12 hours after you receive it. This gives you a window of time to correct any address or order errors. If you have an error, you can email us directly at email@example.com and we will gladly help you out!
Special notes are welcome; our customers LOVE giving our products as gifts. As of now, the best way to do this is to email us after you order at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’d like us to include in the content of the note!
We cannot currently offer gift wrapping, but it’s coming! For now, if you are seeking to give something as a gift, our Original Ohm has an option to be purchased with a gorgeous handmade lokta gift box. The Truth and Om set also comes with a handmade lokta gift box.
Absolutely! Just email us at email@example.com and we’ll gladly remove the receipt from your gift.
As of right now, our standard fulfillment from ordering on the website only ships to the US.
Fear not! If you live outside of the US and desire one of our bowls, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work personally with you to get your one of our products.
Yes! Our team of artisans are highly skilled, and we are more than happy to accomodate special requests and custom bowls.
If you would like to talk about a custom bowl for a gift, special occasion or because you require something that is not part of our standard offering, email us at email@example.com and we will gladly work with you.
Our singing bowls are made in Kathmandu, Nepal. Every one of our bowls is hand-hammered by our partner-artisans in Kathmandu.
Our original ohm, buddha bowl, truth and om and lingam bowls are made from brass. The ancient self ohm and sunset bowls are made from pure bronze.
The nature of a bowl that is hand-hammered for a very friendly price, is that it is not expertly tuned to a specific frequency. Each bowl is inspected by hand and the hammering process is complete, and is tested for purity of sound quality. You can hear a sample of our bowl being struck on this product listing, and can also watch videos (and listen to them) of some of our customers playing the bowls.
The bowl will also play different notes depending on where you strike the bowl,and whether you are playing the “around the rim technique.”
The limitation to making bowls expertly tuned is based on time. It takes significant more time to create one expertly tuned, in the hands of a master artisan.
Our team in Nepal is hard at work on a project of being able to make expertly tuned bowls at scale, so please stay tuned for this!
“Machine-made” bowl is actually a misnomer. None of our singing bowls are created in a machine. For the brass bowls, which include the Original Ohm, The Buddha bowl, The Lingam Bowl and The Truth and Ohm bowl, brass is super-heated beyond its melting point. One at a time, they are poured into an iron forge (not unlike a waffle maker) to give the bowl it’s distinct shape. The bowl is then removed and allowed to cool. A “machine” is used to create the distinctive rings around the rim of the bowl, to engrave, as well as to shine the bowl. The end process of hand hammering the bowl is done one-at-a-time, and is by hand.
The Ancient Self Ohm and the Sunset Bowls do not use a mold, the bronze is a type of metal that requires 100% hand beating and hand shaping of the bowl.
Fair trade is a program that various agencies offer, and it is a pay-to-play certification. The question that we ask ourselves is “How can we invest in communities, create jobs and be more than certain that our entire team in Nepal is being paid a fair wage for their money. After lengthy conversations with our team managers in Nepal over the last 4 years, the way that we can provide all of these things is to create regular, continuous and reliable work opportunities to keep artisans employed in these traditional trades. It is a self-selecting process. If our teams are not making competitive wages in great working conditions, they often will have to leave their families to travel to other countries for different styles of work. Paying our workers the best wages is the only way for us.
Our mission is to help preserve ancient crafts that are threatened to go away because of globalization. Globalization is threatening to eliminate traditional artisan work without investment in the community, the product and the artisans who know these crafts.
Each craft is specific to a given region, with certain regions focusing on etching and engraving, others working on the creation of smoke-based-ink, and others on the tuning and hammering of these bowls. Each bowl is truly an amalgamation of different crafts, passing through many expert hands to get to yours.
First, do not use artificial cleansers and scrubs that you’ve got around the house! These can be damaging to the delicate sound potential your bowl carries.
a) Fill 1 bowl with water, and gently squeeze lemon juice into the water.
b) Fill a second bowl with pure, slightly warm water
c) Grab 3 clean towels
d) Submerge the first towel in the bowl with water and lemon juice, and wring the towel out well. Use this to clean areas that may have become dusty or dirty is some way.
e) Submerge the second towel in the bowl with just warm water, and wring the towel out well. The key here is to be sure you use this to remove all of the citric acid that may be on the bowl from the first pass.
f) Use the third dry towel to gently buff the bowl, and be sure to remove all traces of water
If you are thinking about purchasing your first singing bowl, or starting a practice with a bowl you already own, congratulations!
Following is a quick synopsis of how to immediately begin to enjoy your singing bowl. Please note as well that the singing bowl (like any instrument, or yoga, or any meditation practice) is a practice - as you allow yourself to become acquainted with your bowl over the first week of practice, and pay special attention as you are playing, you will become in tune with your bowl.
Do not feel discouraged if you don’t play the bowl instantly and perfectly (though many users report that this does happen!)
1) Hold the singing bowl on the palm of the left hand. For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on your fingertips.
2) Grasp the mallet about mid-length, with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the wood. (If you are using one of our padded mallets, the wool should be on top.) Palm downward.
3) Gently tap the mallet against the side of the bowl to “warm-up” the bell.
4) With an even pressure, rub the mallet clockwise around the outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, just like stirring a big kettle of soup, and keep the mallet straight up and down! Again, it’s not a wrist movement, but a full-arm movement.
5) Remember to apply pressure - the friction of the mallet against the outer rim produces vibrations which result in sound.
6) Experiment with your speed. Usually people go too fast! Let the sound build up slowly as the singing bowl picks up the vibration. If you experience a chattering noise, this means that you are going too quickly. The vibrations you’re creating are too powerful for the bowl, and it is causing the striker to jump off the metal (imperceptible to the naked eye).
We’d all like to call your attention to something that us, and our customers, have experienced in regards to the temperatures your bowl is exposed to.
Temperature extremes (hot and cold) can affect the way the bowl sounds. This is to be expected, as this will change the composition of the metals temporarily.
If your bowl has been subjected to temperature change, please allow it to return to a normal, room temperature and the sound quality should be back to normal.
In addition to this, you will receive a guide upon your order and you can check out the video tutorial we made in partnership with one of our brand ambassadors here: https://www.theohmstore.co/blogs/our-stories/how-and-why-to-use-a-tibetan-singing-bowl
Maybe you’ve been to a friend’s house and they’ve pulled out their bowl. Or you’ve heard a recording of one and thought “maybe I’d like one.” And maybe you’ve even been to a sound bath performed by a master practitioner and decided you’d like to have one of these objects in your home.
In our 5 years of experience bringing singing bowls to the western world from Nepal, we have had the distinct pleasure of seeing all types of people use our bowls, and in all sorts of ways.
Here are a handful of quick examples from people, just like you, of how they’ve used their bowls (okay, maybe more like 4 handfuls)
1) Hi-- I bought a singing bowl to use with students during a Godly Play session ( hands on bible storytelling) . I am the Director of a Preschool and wanted a way to help preschoolers settle and be ready to listen to the story. The singing bowl is mesmerizing to them and they almost immediately sit still and listen. It has worked wonders and now the children look forward to coming into the room to hear the singing bowl and then the story. Many of the parents have asked about it since their children come home talking about it. Amazing resource for teachers.
2) Every morning I have a routine of reading three daily devotionals from different writers. Afterwards, I take my singing bowl and make a joyful noise to the Lord as I am praying. I love how it will make the sound go up into my arm…
3) I am delighted with my singing bowl. I have incorporated ten minutes of the bowl sounding into my daily practice. I believe it assists me in staying present in the moment. I have read it helps to raise vibrations. What I do know is that my practice has deepened and I feel more immediately
4) My singing Bowl is a simple of peace and love. When I play my bowl it touches my soul in ways in feelings are truly Amazing. I Love my singing bowl and my singing bowl loves me
5) The bowl I purchased from y’all is my camping bowl. When my family and I go into da woods, it comes with!! It actually stays in our trailer..... ready to go! So for this particular bowl, my practice is getting in touch with nature and the vibration of the wood.
6) I created a class called Mindful Movement where I teach mindfulness, yoga & mini-meditation to children in my school, ages: Preschool thru 6th grade. I have been using a small singing bowl in conjunction with working with the kids!
7) I am graduating from a 200 hour yoga teacher training on Friday and these are gifts from myself and fellow classmates to our 2 teachers. These ladies have truly taught us the beauty of being perfectly imperfect. With that said, I just felt that these 2 bowls were the perfect fit. I now feel that much more confident in my choice. Thank you so much. I will definitely be ordering a couple more. 1 for myself and 1 the massage school that I work for.
8) I purchased the bowl for my yoga class I teach. I get a beautiful sound when I hit the outside with the mallet, and I play this sound during sivassana.
9) I just purchased one of your Tibetan singing bowls, and it is wonderful! Such a great tone! Even my Reiki Master-Teacher loves it, and she has several of her own.
10) I am a Mandarin Chinese teacher who just purchased the Original Ohm Bowl to use as a calming influence with my overly-stressed students.
11) This little bowl fits very well in to my evening routine and I am VERY pleased with my purchase. It was fairly easy to get the bowl to sing and to actually change the pitch by changing the angle of the striker along with the speed and pressure variation.
12) I had never used a bowl before. But within moments of opening this package, I was enjoying the ritualistic tactile experience of prolonging a resonant tone with small simple movements. It really has an addictive quality! If you have room in your life for such a small but impacting item, this is the real deal.
13) OMG, I'm so happy with my bowl. I was able to play it right out of the box and I had the most awesome experience afterwards. I raised the vibration in my house and charged my crystals. An hour after I could hear the tone in my ear still and I went over to my meditation area where I had charged my crystals and they were all vibrating! Wow, I had never experienced this before. I noticed that I have been very happy over the last couple of days and it has to be because I raised my vibrations and I have felt really good.
14) This is the best thing ever and I’m totally obsessed with how it looks, how it sounds and the way it somehow brings out the silliest and fun bonding moments with my daughters. From teaching them to find their own sound to using it as as an instrument while one of daughter sings on a mic and we both dance around horribly and beautifully and experience that pure joy that’s often hard to find in life.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a storied monk, writer and teacher and here is what he has to say about the respectful process of “inviting the bell” to sing:
I’m going to tell you how to invite a bell to sound, with a small instrument like this, made of wood. The tranquility in us, the peace in us, we have to call them. There’s tranquility and calmness and peace and joy in us, but we have to call them so that they can manifest themselves. This tranquility, that love, that joy, that stability, sometimes we call them Buddhahood, or the nature of Buddha in us.
The Buddha is someone who is very calm, very tranquil. The Buddha is somebody who has joy, compassion and calmness, and the Buddha is not somebody made of materials like wood or gold. When we invite the bell, it’s one of the means to call the joy in us, the tranquility in us, so that we can awaken the Buddha in us. There is a baby Buddha in each of us, and we have to be aware of it. In a practice center like Plum Village, when we invite the bell to sound, we have a chance to touch the Buddha in us, we have a chance to call the nature of Buddha in us, so it can manifest itself.
If we do it correctly, peace will be there in our hearts, and we will immediately become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we are not calm, the image we reflect will be a distorted image, and when the image is distorted by our minds, the image is not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering. So we have to call tranquility, to invite it to manifest itself.
When I invite the bell to sound, it is because the bell is considered as a friend, someone who helps us to come back to ourselves, become calm. That is why, when I start inviting the bell to sound, I have to pay respect to the bell like this (Thay bows), exactly as we do to our friend. We pay our respect and love to our friend, so I pay respect to the bell: I join my palms, I make a lotus flower or a tulip, and I offer this flower to my bell, to my friend. Then I take my bell and put it on the palm of my hand, lift it to the level of my eyes, and look at it, and I breathe. We have to practice to do it.
When I hold the bell in my hand, like this, I start breathing in and breathing out. Breathing in, I calm myself, and breathing out I smile. My hand becomes a flower, like a lotus, and the bell becomes a diamond, a jewel in the heart of the lotus. Have you heard the mantra “Om mani padme hum?” It is in Sanskrit, and it means, “Oh, the jewel in the lotus flower!”
When you breathe like that, very deeply in mindfulness, with calmness, you become the lotus flower, because there is mindfulness in you that gleams like a jewel. It is a practice, it is not a prayer. Look at my hand, it looks like a lotus flower with five petals, and in its heart there is a jewel. I breathe in with that image, and then I become a lotus flower with a jewel in me. There’s a short poem that you should learn by heart, if you want to invite the bell to sound:
Body, speech and mind in perfect oneness,
I send my heart along with the sound of this bell.
May all the hearers awaken from forgetfulness,
And transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow.
While every bowl of the same type will generally sound very close to the resonance, and look very similar, each of a hand-hammered bowl that you choose to watch over will be unique in it’s own way.
Since each of these bowls are made by the hands of numerous artisans, they will each take on their own characteristics and personality.
Beyond just the process of making them, temperature, light and other factors will influence how they sound and how they look.
We believe this is a representation of us, as humans, and is why we are so passionate about sourcing items made by hand to the world. Their uniqueness can teach us about ourselves.
While the bowls are made by the same people, working in a rhythmic fashion, each bowl will exert its uniqueness through slightly different shapes and markings.