Tingshas or Cymbals or are musical bells used for chanting, ritual offerings and ceremonies in Hindu and Buddhist religious practice. They are also used to prepare for meditation, healing, space clearing and sound therapy treatment. When the two pieces strikes each other, they produce a clear, pure and cleansing sound which can be used to focus the mind before and after meditation. Tingshas are traditionally used by Tibetan Buddhist to mark the beginning and end of meditation. They are also used by the Buddhist master to bring the student back into focus when his mind wanders during the meditation.
The sound of the tingsha is very clear and loud. The two cymbals are tied together by a leather strap. The tings has are struck together (of their rims) and produce a clear, soothing, pure-pitched sound.
These tingshas are handmade in Nepal and are a mix of bronze, iron and zinc.
“Om Mani Padme Hum” is a well known sacred Buddhist Mantra and is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.