Tibetan tingsha (or Ting-Sha) (Tibetan: ????????, Wylie: ting-shags) are small cymbals used in prayer and rituals by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Two cymbals are joined together by a leather strap or chain. The cymbals are struck together producing a clear and high pitched tone. Typical sizes range from 2.5-4 inches in diameter. Tingsha are very thick and produce a unique long ringing tone. Antique tingsha were made from special bronze alloys that produce harmonic overtones. In high quality tingsha, both cymbals will match-the tones are identical or nearly identical. Most tingsha, however, are not perfectly matched so each produces a distinctly different tone. This is due to modern manufacturing processes in which many tingsha are produced at the same time and then poorly matched. Fine quality examples of antiques or the rare pair of carefully matched new tingsha will sound identical. Antique tingsha are rare and quite expensive. Sometimes two cymbals that do not match are paired together. Single cymbals are often sold with a bone or piece of wood attached, so the instrument is still functional even though the mating cymbal has been lost.
Beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Hand Bells on leather cord; 60mm diameter, embossed with 2 Auspicious Tibetan ‘Naga’ Dragons embodying Strength, Goodness and the Spirit of Transformation; Good to use where energy is required for Clearing and Balancing.These Handbells come in a Red Satin Drawstring Carry Pouch
The undersides of the Tingsha are inscribed with the three sacred Tibetan syllables Om A Hum. The three syllables are engraved in an anticlockwise sequence, and they represent the three aspects of enlightened body (Om), speech (A) and mind (Hum). These correspond to the spiritual concept of purity in deed (body), word (speech) and thought (mind). The syllables also represent the three ‘divine bodies of a Buddha’