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Offline Dutchhermit

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How to use a Tingsha?
« on: August 04, 2012, 08:48:15 am »
Hi everyone.

A few days ago I was getting rid of some old junk on the attict where I found a Tibetan Tingsha.
I remember buying it years ago because "it looked nice". Back then I liked Buddhism but I was'nt a Dharmma follower.

Now that I have started to put Buddhism (Theravada) into practice I wonder what Tingsha's are used for?
Instinct tells me that it is used for calling the beginning and the end of a meditation session. But I could be totally wrong.

Is there anyone who could help me with this?

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Re: How to use a Tingsha?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 10:21:09 am »
Tingshas are used as music offerings in sadhana practices and in place of a gong in meditation practice.

Here's one way to use them:


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Re: How to use a Tingsha?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 09:21:32 am »
Thank you, I have never heard about music offerings before, how wonderful to learn something new :wink1:
I have started using it in meditation, such an item clearly does not belong buried in rubbish.
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Re: How to use a Tingsha?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 09:33:28 am »
"Music" offerings are common in sadhana practice and a number of instruments are used - bells, drums, cymbals and horns.

A right-turning conch shell trumpet is often present on a Tibetan-type shrine as an offering of music and is emblematic of the sound of enlightenment.

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Re: How to use a Tingsha?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 01:47:33 pm »
Music offerings are indeed standard in many Tibetan Buddhist rituals, but the Tingsha are normally traditionally used for specific purposes: To call "guests" during Water Torma offerings (ChuTor) and Burnt Offerings (SurCho) for the "Smell Eaters."

If you don't know those practices, it's perhaps better to put the Tingsha on one's shrine, as symbolic representation of music offerings, if you'd like.

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Re: How to use a Tingsha?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2012, 03:46:40 pm »
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if i am not mistaken there is 2 varieties of the tingshas the large hand ones, and smaller modern tingshas made of good bell brass

i have heard there is a style differential too, something along the lines of a domed tingsha and a flat one, im not sure if dome means the smooth gradient one, or the heavy line profile and spherical half dome top... '
to add to it, i think i heard the dome one is for wrathfull diety meditations or songs and the other was for peacefull dieties

my teacher said it is like a water offering in the air, the whole room becomes filled with this offering , and everybeing is aware of the ocean of samsara around them...
and it is a very crucial part of many offerings, such as mandalas...

and they are not to be played too often i think i heard as well, something about like the snow lions one on either side ...of a dharma talk or meditation for instance... hence to start a session daily prayers and end...
some of my friend will hand them from a metal bar or bookcase near the alters i have noticed when they use it, so the sound continues as long as possible...

As with all sadhanas and many alter offerings, i recommend placing them wrapped in cloth when not in use... it also sound beautiful to muffle the last tones in the air... i also meditate on the tantra/sutra connection when i fold the cloth over

at my home alter i use a sangah bell sitting on a book resting on a leather o-ring for good sustain... or "singing bowl" as those in the west have often come to know it... it is a great type of sound offering because it is the shape in which the buddha and received his daily meals...
some bowls are said to contain relics of the buddhas in the form of ashes...


if anyone can add anything, corroborate my rants, or knock off my false truths to the ground, please doo...

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