Tingsha & Cymbals
Tingsha cymbals play an important part in meditative practice for many. Sometimes known as meditation cymbals, these Tibetan cymbals are struck together gently, and the peaceful sound which emits from them is said to have a calming effect on the mind and body. Combined with mantras, these cymbals are seen as part of what helps the mind, body and soul to pacify negative spirits and enter a relaxed, meditative mindset.
Buddhist tingsha cymbals
Usually in modern Buddhist practice, the tingsha is sounded to begin the meditation. They will then also make their sweet, high pitched sound when the meditation finishes. The long resonance of the bells generally tends to help the mind drift into and out of a meditative state in a peaceful and smooth fashion. As well as in mediation, they are also traditionally used in many different offerings and rituals. On top of that, they are increasingly used in other kinds of sound therapy today outside of Buddhist practice.
Tingsha bells are composed of two small metal cymbals connected by a strap or chain. The metal cymbals in many of the designs from which you can choose have been beautifully decorated with detailed embellishments. To make the sound, you should have a cymbal in each hand. The movement you are going for roughly approximates the striking of a match, but with this action slowed down so that the point of contact is relatively gentle. This outward or downward motion with allows for the optimal contact to make the cymbals sing as they do so beautifully.
Cymbal protection and storage
To look after your Tibetan cymbals, it is best to make sure that you are keeping them dry. If they have moisture on them continuously, then over time they will degenerate. To help avoid this, you can also pick up a tingsha case. This will be there to protect your favourite cymbals from moisture in the air when they are not in use. It also makes it easier to have your cymbals packed with you if you are travelling with you and want to be able to tap into some calming meditative energy.