Tingshas (ding-shas, cymbals) are used as musical offerings in spiritual acts, and during meditation, at regular intervals to keep the attention. These musical offerings are used during pujas (prayer rituals) where several instruments have a place: bells, drums, cymbals and trumpets. Musical offerings are certainly common in many Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu rituals. Today, they are used by laymen and priests alike. They are also a regular part of fengshui (harmonizing living and working spaces), during meditation, cleansing spaces and bodies, healing and leveling of energy.
What can I use tingshas for?
You can strike the two discs against each other to create a beautifully clear high tone, which lingers for a long time, purifies the atmosphere and evokes an extraordinary sense of stillness. The sparkling tone of a tingsha resonates immediately in our hearts. You can use them to refocus your attention, to become aware of who we are and what our priorities are in this often turbulent world of make-believe. If we hang them side by side and then let them come together, a beautiful, vibrating sound wave is created between them as they produce a high sound vibration – an impressive symphony of deeply penetrating sounds.
Tingshas and feng shui
Tingshas are also used in feng shui to purify the energy in a room and allow it to flow unimpeded again, by sounding them in the four corners of the room. A wonderful way of purifying energy when working with incense is not an option!
Tingsha’s and healing with sound
Because they have a healing and balancing effect on our aura, they are also used to signal the beginning and 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 cast may have decoration on the top – usually with dragons, the mantra Om Mani Pad Me Hum, the eight Tibetan prosperity symbols or just plain 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 small amounts of nickel are sometimes added.
Better quality tingshas contain as many as seven or more (up to twelve) metals, giving them a powerful harmonic resonance when struck.
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