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Singing Bowls: A Practical Handbook of Instruction and Use Paperback – December 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Binkey Kok; First Edition edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9074597017
  • ISBN-13: 978-9074597012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wisehart on July 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a teacher of yoga and meditation since 1972, I first ran across these sensational Tibetan Bells (Singing Bowls) around 1985. Since then I have acquired nearly a dozen well-tuned bowls, and use them extensively in my own personal meditations, in leading group meditations, and to aid in spiritual healing.
Having collected legend, facts, and lore on these bells for many years, I was excited to find so much of what I had already learned-- plus a whole lot more-- was finally collected in one convenient and well-ordered form.
Ms Jansen's book has been a great aid in helping me to better understand both the physics and the spirituality behind the phenomenal effects that my clients and I have experienced from playing these bells. I highly recommend it to anybody who may be thinking of purchasing a Tibetan Bell, as well as to anybody who already owns one or more of these devices and wants to maximize their experience of the bowls.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EAO on February 12, 2008
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I assumed a "practical handbook" would have a bit more information on, well, the practice. The only section of the book that actually explains how to use singing bowls is a whopping 22 pages long and much of that covers how to choose a singing bowl (by your intuition and how a bowl sounds and feels when you strike it near different parts of your body - fabulous, if you know a seller who will let you manhandle their merchandise). The instruction that is given can mostly be summed up by one word. Experiment. That's about the end of the practical section of instruction and use.

Most of the beginning of the book is history. It's very interesting history if you can get past the fact that it's delivered in a boring and rather vague manner.

I was so excited when I bought this book, but it was a severe disappointment. I didn't learn a single thing about using my singing bowl that I hadn't already learned from idly messing with it. I learned a bit about singing bowls from a historical perspective, but there has to be a more thorough, better presented book out there on the subject. I do not recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on December 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for discovering the history of Singing Bowls, how they work and how to choose one. It also has a section on Tingshaws, Bell and Dorje. If your looking for a book on how to use them for healing then you should get the book "Singing Bowl Exercises for Personal harmony" by Anneke Huyser
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alan T. Kilpatrick ( atk@flash.net) on January 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
An excellant book. I found lots of useful information for my Doctorial Dissertation. Janson discusses sound and how sound can heal especially when using Tibetan singing bowls.
Singing bowls give a gentle massage to all of the body's cells,and the full range of harmonics help
to stimulate the body to facilitate the healing.
Sound can kill as well as heal, and the Tibetans
are masters of the use of harmonic vibrations as
explained in the book. Janson provides practical
information about using the bowls.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H R Kuehne on September 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
As the new millennium unfolds, I think that this phenomenon (the influnence of sound on our sense of tranquility) is going to play a progressively more important role. When/if that happens, perhaps someone will write a "better" work on this subject. Frankly, I tend to doubt it. 1.2 million Tibetans who MAY have known the answers have so far been slaughtered by the Chinese, and the end is nowhere yet in sight. Of those who still remain, none seems able (or willing) to comment. In another generation, no one who knows the truth may survive.
I have several bowls, the largest of which is slightly in excess of 14". This bowl is capable of producing (in my consciousness, at least) the low C pedal of an organ. Since the organ pipe required to produce that tone is over 30 FEET long, as a mathematician I understand that this is physically impossible. In this book, Ms Jansen explains to you why it IS spiritually possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bell Ringer on April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is rambling and doesn't seem to have any accurate information. It sounds all made up to me. Maybe the author has a lot of personal experience, but I think the content is completely inaccurate, subjective and made up.

Mostly the author is saying they don't know the truth and to rely on your own experience. Well, that is another way of saying she/he doesn't know the facts about the subject. She says she did "months" of research and in the conclusion they even say how their research has not led to any conclusions. I'm not sure what qualifies this person to write a book!

It's a lot of new age nonsense, written by a well intentioned person who plays a lot with singing bowls. She wrote a book based on his own experience but it's really not factual or even too helpful. The author doesn't seem to know about the culture, religion or history - she relies on third hand information and makes a lot of assumptions based on his own subjective experience. Maybe there are some useful tips, but on the whole I think it's pretty poor and spreads a lot of bad information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book informs people of the need in Western society to use these Bowls for Meditation & cleansing the Body & the Soul in order to release & open the door to further spiritual development. ( I Teach Meditation useing these Bowls )
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