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Tingshas (ding shas) come from Tibet. In Tibetan it means “hanging cymbal”. They are used as musical offerings during spiritual acts, prayers, offerings and during meditation. These musical offerings are used during pujas (prayer rituals) where several instruments have a place: bells, drums, cymbals and trumpets. Tingshas are mainly used in Buddhism and Hinduism. Furthermore, tingshas are used for harmonization and cleaning.
Usually the tingshas are decorated with figures or signs, such as dragons, eight Tibetan lucky symbols or the mantra Om Mani Pad Me Hum.
Composition of Tingshas
The tingshas consist of different metals (alloy). They are usually made in bronze, a combination of copper, tin and nickel. The tingshas with the exceptional harmonic overtones can consist of up to 12 metals. The cymbals of the tingshas are cast and then voted by hand.
How to use Tingshas
You leave both cymbals hanging. Hold the leather lace between the thumb and forefinger in both hands. Then move both hands together.
You leave 1 cymbal hanging, the other you hold in your hand. Then you hit the loose cymbal.
Hold each cymbal vertically in your hand and hit them together.
Hang the tingshas on a hook and strike them with a wooden stick.
What do you use Tingshas for?
When the Tingshas are started, a high tone is produced that sounds long. The vibration that arises resonates with your heart. Usually the tingshas are used at the beginning and end of meditation. They are also used for attention exercises. For cleaning the aura.
Tingsha's Purification and Feng Shui
When using tingshas, one can purify the environment. They give a pure vibration and the Qi flows on. Hit the tingshas in every corner of the room. You can possibly do this in combination of White Sage or Palo Santo. After the ritual you will open the windows for a few minutes.