Tingsha are small cymbals used in prayer and rituals by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Two cymbals are joined together by a leather strap. The cymbals are struck together producing a clear and high pitched tone. Tingsha are very thick and produce a unique long ringing tone.
Tingsha are used along with singing bowls and other instruments in meditation, music and sound healing. They are traditionally used by Tibetan Buddhists to mark the beginning and end of meditation. They are also used by a Buddhist master to bring a student back into focus when his mind wanders during meditation.
Tingsha are also used as part of specific Tibetan rituals, such as offerings to “hungry ghosts.” While they are commonly found today in musical recordings and yoga classes, their real function is as a religious ritual tool.
The sound is penetrating and purposely dissonant unlike the harmonic overtones of the Tibetan singing bowls.
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Om Mani Padme Hum
The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (literally: “Aum, to the Jewel in the Lotus, hum) is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.
Eight Auspicious Symbols
In Buddhist traditions, the eight symbols are a white parasol, a conch shell, a treasure vase, a victory banner, a dharma wheel, a pair of golden fish, an endless knot, and a lotus flower. These symbols can be found and are used throughout the religion. They may be found on furniture, metalwork, carpets, and ceramics. An auspicious beginning propitious may also apply to beginnings but often implies a continuing favorable condition.