Bells are a ritual and meditative tool that bring a sacred component to meditation. They are used for starting and ending meditation sessions, as well as to clear negative energy.
They are also used to amplify your breath, helping you focus on each inhale and exhale. They are often a part of the rituals and ceremonies that accompany Buddhist meditation practices.
There are many different types of meditation chimes and bells that can be used for your meditation practice. The key is to find one that resonates with you and suits your needs.
Tingsha (Tibetan Bells): Tibetan bells are traditionally used in Buddhist meditation. They are made from a metal alloy that has a high copper content, producing a low, resonant sound. They may have imperfections, but they are still a popular choice for many people.
Modern Bells: Today, bells come in a range of weights, pitches and construction. Some are heavier and have a resonant tone, while others are lighter and have an airy quality.
They are usually produced using modern manufacturing methods, making them a much more consistent sound than older bell styles. They can also be produced with a larger diameter than traditional bells, which makes them easier to hold and strike.
Dorje, or Buddhist Bell: This type of bell is traditionally struck with the hand or with a smooth wooden stick. The tonal quality of the bell produces a reverberating, low sound that is said to represent the union of wisdom and compassion.