Tingshas (ding-sha’s, cymbals) are used as musical sacrifices in spiritual acts and during meditation, at set times to keep the attention. These musical offerings are used during pujas (prayer rituals) in which several instruments have a place: bells, drums, cymbals and trumpets. Musical offerings are certainly common in many Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu rituals. Nowadays, they are used by both laymen and priests. They are also an integral part of bijfengshui (harmonising living and working spaces), during meditation, cleansing spaces and bodies, healing and equalising energy.
For what purposes can I use tingshas?
You can press the two discs against each other to create a beautifully clear high tone that lingers for a long time, purifies the atmosphere and evokes an extraordinary sense of silence. The sparkling tone of a tingsha resonates immediately in our hearts. You can use them to refocus attention, to become aware of who we are and what our priorities are in this often turbulent sham world. If we hang them next to each other and then let them meet, a beautiful, vibrating sound wave is created between them, while they produce a high sound vibration – an impressive symphony of deeply penetrating sounds.
Tingshas and feng shui
Tingshas are also used with feng shui because they are believed to purify the energy in a space and allow it to flow freely again by making them sound in the four corners of the space. A wonderful way to purify energy when working with incense is not an option!
Tingshas and healing with sound
Because it is believed they have a healing and balancing effect on our aura, they are also used to indicate the beginning and the end of a meditation period. It is said that the use of tingshas works as a way to keep our attention in the here and now.
How do you store tingshas?
As with many altar attributes, it is advisable to wrap them in cloth when not in use, or in a specially designed tingsha case made of brocade cloth with two compartments.
Decorations of tingshas
The mould can have decoration on the top – usually with dragons, the mantra Om Mani Pad Me Hum, the eight Tibetan symbols of prosperity or just smooth finish.
Composition of tingshas
Each tingsha is cast separately in various metal alloys, usually consisting of at least three different ones. Most cymbals are made of bronze, which consists mainly of copper and tin, to which sometimes small amounts of nickel are added.
Tingshas of better quality contain as many as seven or more (up to twelve) metals, giving them a powerful harmonic resonance when struck.
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