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excerpts are from emails and letters sent by some of our wonderful
customers. . .
"I am grateful for the living care and expertise that Rain and Shakti bring to their longtime sacred company Bodhisattva. Their collection of beautifully potent 'Tools for an Enlightened World' offer lovers of sound, healing, art, yoga and Dharma to have a one-stop place to receive authentic tools and guidance for enhancing their path.
Their Tibetan tiger meditation rug has been my constant companion on the road and at home for storing the energy of meditation sadhana. I love their bowls for shavasana in yoga class and for during teacher training to call our awareness into the present moment. Rain's cd's are the best Tibetan sound healing available.
Thank you Shakti and Rain for being a healing source in the world!"
using one of our antique
"I have worked with sound and music as a healing tool for thirty years, and have succeeded in integrating music as a healing modality in the health services, through several projects in nursing homes, hospitals and communities.
For many years, in self-healing workshops and in my private practice as a M.D., I have been interested in the healing potential of Tibetan singing bowls, and explored their uses to aid change in chronic health problems. However, I have had difficulties finding singing bowls of sufficient quality to attain the results I saw possible. When I encountered Rain Gray and Shakti, I was struck by their dedication and devotion to their unique work. Through their help, I have obtained bowls with a consistent quality level that is transforming my practice. The quality of the Bodhisattva bowls is becoming legendary in Norway, and I have a growing number of requests from other countries, from patients who want me to find singing bowls with specific qualities. I can build this aspect of my work in the trust that I can give people only the best of the best, through the rigorous quality routines of Bodhisattva. In my experience, it is far better to buy one prime quality bowl than several cheaper ones of lower quality, which simply will not work in the same way."
Auden Nyskja, M.D.
"I’m still awe-struck by the bowls you sent me. I really don’t know what to say, the bells are so beautiful! I have no words to express my joy. I want to thank you so much."
|"I love my bowl! Thank
you so much for bringing it my way. It’s brought immense great joy
into my life. My teacher (Lynn Andrews) blessed it and actually used it
in a healing ceremony..."
|"I love my new bell! It’s
already made a home with me and is singing so beautifully. And thanks
again for taking so much time with us yesterday. . . I feel like quite
the accomplished bell ringer now."
"I am using the Tibetan Singing Bowls I chose with Rain's help with my yoga classes and with music performances in several houses of workship and spiritually-driven events. I also use them with students in my music studio to illustrate principles of sound production, sympathetic vibration, overtones, acoustics, and sonority of different materials. The sound and appearance of the bowls never fail to arouse interest among all present."
John Giunta, MA, FRC Artist/Teacher
"My husband recently bought me the most beautiful singing bowl for my birthday from you! I am writing to tell you I love it. It has an exquisite sound! Thank you for helping him make this choice! Again thank you for the gift of your work and making these treasures available to the rest of us!"
you for the wonderful Vajrasattva Yab-Yum. Your follow-up letter and
information were so informative. It now sits as the centerpiece of my
home alter and has brought many blessings my way – Thanks again and
keep me on your mailing list."
Neil M., O.D.
"I did get the package you so carefully prepared. Needless to say, the vibration of the whole house is totally transformed by these marvelous items you sent me.
I am so grateful to you I cannot say. These are very very high frequency tools that carry with them the love and devotion of many generations of spiritually.
I am in your service. Please bare in mind that should you come across other very special tools from you journeys to the East, I would appreciate having a chance, among all your devoted clients, at reviewing some of them for purchase."
"Sometimes it’s a leap of faith . . . or a hop. Arriving home late Wednesday I unwrapped and played the three bowls. They sung so sweetly and clearly from the first touch. Thank you for the gateway. Namaste."
|"Thank you for your phone demo. I really appreciate your
service. You can be proud of the help you give people on their spiritual
|"I was drawn
to the singing bowls at the Buddhism in America Conference and found
myself coming back to their uplifting energy at every break. I played
them, listened to them, and was instructed by them. The sound is
familiar, nurturing, expanding, spacious. Little did I know that these
marvelous instruments could be used as tools for transformation. By
spending time in Rain's presence, I learned some of the ancient secrets
of meditating with the bowls. By the end of the conference, I had a
workshop's worth of experience. For me, it was the highlight of three
outstanding days at an unsurpassed conference."
|"Thanks once again for the great deals,
on these which I consider almost priceless objects of Dharma value. It
amazes me that in my life I could ever even find such objects for sale
at any price. Even if I were to look myself in Nepal, I would be unable
to connect at this level of quality and masterwork."
|"Over the past 8 years I have been using
Tibetan Singing Bowls as a significant part of my private psychotherapy
practice, and have dealt with four different companies throughout this
time. The Bodhisattva Trading Company has been the most supportive, and
helpful organization that I have been involved with. You have been
informative with my inquires and patient with my ignorance. I truly felt
that you were interested in helping locate the "right bowl"
for me and were not focused on making a sale. I am delighted with the
bowl that was selected and feel it is a treasure added to my life and
the lives of those it will touch! I would strongly encourage anyone to
use your company, and certainly look forward to the day when I will be
talking to you again about an addition to my use of sacred sound
instruments! Many Thanks."
|"Thank you so much for the
Tibetan singing bowl. I completed my treatment last week and they say I am
cancer-free. Great news and I am even sprouting a new coat of fur after
being hairless for about 5 months. Thanks again, the tone helped me stay
"In our beautiful meeting house, we have used five singing bowls for several years during worship. We use them for several things but the most common use is to call the congregation to prayer and meditation. Week after week, people hear the singing bowls until there is a close connection between the singing bowls and being in the meeting house, sacred space, and also being with the congregation, a beloved community. I also use them as I lead prayer and meditation groups. A few years ago, I began the practice of giving to each graduating senior in the congregation a small personal singing bowl. Some of the students have reported how meaningful the bowls are to them. It is our hope that living near the bowl and using it from time to time will always draw their attention back to the meeting house where they first experienced singing bowls, and back to the congregation where they were spiritually nurtured through their childhoods. In addition, we hope that the singing bowls will become sources of peace and inspiration that will take them to new places they never have experienced. For some, we hope the bowls will become part of regular spiritual practice. In some way, the bowl becomes our meetinghouse that goes with them wherever they go. My thanks to Rain, who gave so generously and patiently of his time to help us make sure we selected just the right bowls for our young people, and one for my own use. Surely, spirituality in making a sale enhances the enduring spiritual power of the bowls."
Parish Minister, First Parish in
“I have been attracted to the Tibetan Singing Bowl (also known as Tibetan bell) all of my adult life. However, it has only been in this last year that I finally obtained that first magical bowl. I obtained it under extremely unlikely circumstances from a complete stranger that I just met while standing in a Post Office line in order to mail a letter to India.
This stranger ended up selling me her own personal singing bowl out of the trunk of her car for a mere $40. This one bowl became a dramatic gateway in its aural qualities to my own intimate inner self. It was the first time in my life that I could almost effortlessly bring the voice out of a bowl by rubbing its rim (something that had escaped me up to this point).
From that point on I pursued bowl after bowl from many sources (Tibetan importers, Tibetan stores within my own vicinity, the massive bid structure of ebay, and specialty stores selling authentic Tibetan bells that I discovered on the Internet).
Then I had the good fortune of discovering Rain and Shakti through an Internet search engine. Their website was very compelling. The most endearing thing for me was the interview Rain posted concerning the possible "real" import of the bells themselves (i.e., as a doorway to the Tibetan doctrine of emptiness).
Shakti intimately worked with me over months in assembling a full set of 7 chakra bells. I have just received this marvelous set of bells, and their beauty, majesty and mystery have compelled me to write this testimonial.
First off, Rain is an ultimate connoisseur of the Tibetan bell without compare. His ability to select bowls of absolute master level quality is beyond anything I have experienced with any other importer. It is telling that he has been working in the field for so many years, and is obviously a pioneer in matching bowls together to form a most powerful working set.
The moment I opened my box from Rain and Shakti, I was enveloped in an utterly magical spell wrought from the unique voices of 7 transcendental bells. The first bowl that I placed in my hand and struck reverberated with a purity that was beyond anything my collection of 20 bowls could produce. Each bowl that Shakti matched together played so well off one another. At one point I was able to release the voices of all 7 bells almost simultaneously, and the web of sound generated was beyond compare.
The effect of working with these bells was so strong the first night, that when I was finally able to pull myself away from the set after hours of effortlessly bringing out their voices, I found myself spontaneously breaking into song. I do chant on a daily basis, but these special bells made me sing their own octave way after I sounded the last bell. I even found myself waking up the next day and immediately singing, my voice in intimation of the bells own voices.
These 7 bells are the crown of my collection, and are so purely matched that I cannot in all honesty blend them with my others. My other bells would only detract from the power that these lone 7 bells hold in potential.
The age of my set dated back from the 17th through the 19th century. They are one and all truly marvelous spiritual relics from the most potent matrix of spirituality that the world has ever seen. Their individual prices are comparable to all the other high quality bowls in my collection, but they far outshine the best of the rest of my collection.
Truly these 7 bells have become my most precious treasure that my personal spiritual path in this lifetime has revealed to my inner self.
Thank you Rain and Shakti for allowing me the opportunity to receive such a marvelous gift of the spirit.”
David Allen Hulse
"Bodhisattva bowls are the best! I use their bowls exclusively for my Healing Concerts and Sacred Sound Sessions. Their bowls are also featured on my new CD release Tibetan Fusion. Such great people to work with."
Kenny Parker MTI, Sound Healer
"Thank you so much for the latest addition to my marvelous singing bowl collection from your magical house of bowls-- my stunning Mani Bowl, indeed the jewel of my collection. No words can express my gratitude to you for my singing bowls which add so much to my life by quieting my mind, healing and connecting me with higher self, detaching me from ego and the world. I feel very blessed to have this spiritual dimension in my life at my fingertips. Thank you!"
"The bowls have arrived !!!!!
|"I've been using my bowl in my healing arts
practice for almost a year now. My clients find it transforming, and
deeply relaxing. I always notice that it opens people up to emptiness, and
the expansiveness of pristine primordial awareness. I also use it with the
folks I see in hospice. It seems to give them a bridge of sound that I
believe from experiencing their reactions to be a great help in the stages
of the dissolution process. You may recall that my parents purchased the
bowl for me. It is a great gift in my life every day. Thank You!"
"Each day as I listen to the soothing sounds of the music you sent to me, I think to thank you.
I actually took the two disks with me to listen to during acupuncture and I think they were both lovely and helpful. You told me you are not sure of how one might use them for healing, but in my experience, the relaxation they bring is a great comfort.
You have contributed to my healing, and I am deeply grateful."
“Thank you so much for your knowledgeable assistance in choosing yet another wonderful bowl. I have been using my first bowl in all the yoga classes I have taught since receiving it many months ago. My students are fascinated by it and love hearing it played. I can feel the profound affect it has during restorative poses particularly. I have also done sound/ vibrational healing work on myself and others. The healing energy that it brings to all who experience it is quite remarkable.
And with the addition of the newest bowl the energy is exponentially magnified. The two bowls played together, and used together on someone in a healing setting, produces a sense of balance and a magical serenity.
Thank you so much for your care and patience in helping me choose these beautiful bowls, and for making them available. Rest assured that they are cherished and their healing is being felt in Nashville and beyond.”
Karen H. E., Yoga Teacher
"I received the
medicine Buddha rupa. He is absolutely magnificent. The details on
this piece are incredibly beautiful including his face and robes, the
lotus he is sitting on and the herb and nectar he is holding. My
sangha/family is equally impressed with the high quality of this rupa,
and of course, in our awe, we are all trying to practice loving
detachment to this unique piece of art.
Om Mani Padme Hum.
Howard Wills, Master Healer
"I looked on and off for a Tibetan singing
bowl since first discovering them in 1982. I almost bought several over
the years, but somehow never found just the right one. Fast forward to
2002 and my discovery of Bodhisattva Trading Company. I bought my first
two, sight unseen, over the phone. My husband and I are now sharing our
home with five of these sacred vessels/instruments. We feel truly blessed
to have the bowls as part of our everyday lives.
"Thanks for adding these bowls to the great collection you're helping us build (what can I say, I'm speechless!). The fact that you send such great bowls our way leaves us thankful that you think of us."
Karl & Bev B.
"I'd like to thank you for the time you spent last night helping me pick out the two bowls. You clearly love your work and are very knowledgeable. Thanks also for your patience-- there was no pressure and you spent a great deal of time explaining about the bowls and their characteristics. I can safely say I have never enjoyed myself so much when shopping."
"I can't say enough about these bowls. It changed my son's life. I bought
a bowl "tuned to" the heart chakra for my 10 year old son who hasn't
slept through the night ever and who always had a hard time going
I bought the bowl to help stimulate the alpha waves in his brain-- to help him relax. Within 1 week of nightly playing, he was sleeping through the night. When we don't play for more than a few nights his sleeping is interrupted. He asks for it nightly and because I play the bowl I also benefit. I bought another for my younger son this year."
"I can't tell you how much I am enjoying the bowls.
Well, I suppose you have some idea, since you work with the little
Buddhas every day. So, this is what I am doing with them for now -
just to get their energies incorporated into what I do. When
clients come in, they are put on a Chi Machine to balance chakras,
oxygenate the system, align the spine and stimulate the lymph system in
the small intestine. At the end of the time, I do a quick Reiki
pass to discover imbalances that will at this point become more obvious.
I have been having a delightful time using the bowls to realign and/or
open challenged chakras quickly by toning the appropriate bowl. We
are soooo happy together, the bowls and I. Thank you, thank you,
Rev. Teresa W., Body Detox Systems
"Estimado Sr. Lluvia,
Am enjoying very much the beautiful bowl you had envisioned for me. Penecostr undoes the jumble of spoken languages- this lovely bowl sings to ALL hearts.
God bless you!"
Father Alonso De Blass, O.F.M.
"I've been using my bowl in my healing arts practice for
almost a year now. My Clients find it transforming and deeply relaxing.
I always notice that it opens people up to emptiness, and the
expansiveness of pristine primordial awareness. I also use it with the
folks I see in hospice. It seems to give them a bridge of sound that I
believe, from experiencing their reactions, to be a great help in the
stages of the dissolution process. You may recall that my parents
purchased the bowl for me. It is a great gift in my life every day.
"The set of singing bowls I purchased through Bodhisattva Trading Company
have been with me only for a short period of time. In this time they
have become an integral part of my life. As I sit down with
them I am guided by their wisdom. They're not just friends, they are
great teachers. A beautiful relationship has been established. Thank
Sandra S., Vibrational and Sound Healer
"The bowls have just arrived and with incense burning (thank you for your gift), and a special candle alight, I opened the packages.
Son and I love the bowls, They are wonderful and you excelled in your choosing according to our needs. They feel wonderful and the sounds are all excellent. They are sitting on their cushions on the table where we usually eat. (My adult son works away from home a lot, so I am glad he is here to share the beginning of our learning of the bowls. He also is very appreciative of them, explaining various aspects about them. I feel each bowl to be a distinct personality and I look forward to getting to know them. I wondered about them before they arrived, if I would need to cleanse them, energetically, But I don't feel anything of that nature is needed. I feel that they are even now bringing their own special gifts to us and the house, and I will enjoy taking them with me where I go. As you can tell I love them, and they are indeed replying even now to special needs.
(I had not been feeling at all well with a severe neck/shoulder problem. I feel a great deal better already.)
I thank you with all my heart for your help in choosing the bowls for us, all of us who will benefit, from hearing their voices. And as I listen and play them I am and will ever be conscious of the people who made the bowls, the metals that were gathered, the people who have carried the bowls and who have been healed in many various ways over the centuries and in far away places. I feel that the bowls bring us all together in their sounds, the makers and the hearers. Time and place become one for me. I did not expect this to happen.
Thank you, Blessings,"
"Most likely you do not remember me but oh what a gift you have given me in my 16th Century BODHI bowl (6 1/4'). Back in December I contacted you regarding the purchase of a Tibetan Singing Bowl as a gift to myself for practice. Shakti: YOU were amazing in playing bowls for me, your patience, information, and willingness to work with me were a Blessing.
Now I am using it in teaching, giving several talks and retreats, people keep asking, WHERE did you get that? So I am sending people to you as the sound is mesmerizing for folks. In teaching and using this bowl the deep sweet resonance is so clearly apparent. I didn't hear it at first and now I do.
So be prepared as I've told folks around the country where I've purchased my bowl- may the word spread and enrich your company. One good blessing enlarges the next...
Thank you again for this tremendous gift..."
"I just want to tell you how thrilled I am with my new bowls and what a pleasure it was meeting you and doing business with you. It really felt like I was in the presence of the Goddess as you ever so patiently assisted me to find "my bowls" and didn't once let on in the slightest that you wished I would just get on with it already.
I haven't even unwrapped them yet but I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve anticipating the incredible bounty awaiting me upon awakening. You offer a money back guarantee, which is very generous these days, especially considering the small size of your business, but rest assured I won't be returning them. I have no doubt your expert ear, with the help of your little electronic frequency meter, helped me to pick out a set of finely tuned instruments for transformation and transcendence which even his Holiness the Dalai Lama himself would be proud of."
"I received Rain's CD "One Hand Clapping" within the past week. I've been a professional writer, and yet have no words to describe the experience. Each night I enter my own garden of meditation and awake more refreshed than I have in years.
Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"I just wanted to let you folks know that I have received the singing bowl. It is everything that I imagined it to be.
The first night of having the bowl, had helped me to sleep like I have never slept before.
My main use of the bowl is to be able to meditate on a balanced note to try an overcome my insomnia. It has been quite a few years (twenty to be exact) since I have been able to sleep that good.
My daughter (who is six years of age) seems to have mastered the bowl. She enjoys it as much as I do.
Thank you so much for the help in choosing a singing bowl. I hope to make it a family heirloom starting with my daughter."
"I received my thangka today, thank you
for shipping it so swiftly. I rushed over to the mailboxes as soon as I
knew it had arrived. Upon opening just the top of the tube, I knew I
wasn’t going to be disappointed. I was right.
"I recently purchased a gift certificate for my friend Dave S. His 60th
birthday gift. He just received his bowl on Saturday and gonged it for
me over the phone. Magnifique!
Wanted to thank you for the time y'all spent with him on the phone during his selection process. He told me y'all were Aces!
Thank you, and Namaste,"
"I wanted to thank you for all the lovely bowls that I have purchased from you. You always take the time to play them for me and describe them to me. It's very much appreciated.
I think you are the best and look forward to more purchases in the future.
"I really appreciate the fact that you chose a
specific bowl for me and there is no doubt that my partner is going to
absolutely love this bowl too. I was trying to figure for some months
what present I was going to give, and then this just came out right on
top-- it's beautiful, spiritual and something one can use for many years
"I own and operate 3 Shapes Aikido in Boise Idaho. I came across your website doing research for a quality gong and singing bowl. I purchased a gong and a singing bowl a few months ago for your company.
First let me state that the service I received from you and Shakti was immeasurable to say the least. She was very busy with a new shipment yet was able to pick up the phone to say hello and let me know how busy she was at the moment.
I mentioned I was looking for a gong for my Aikido Dojo and Dharma and Zen practices. I know deeply quality gongs are difficult to find. However, I also knew that if there was any place to find one it was BTC. And I was correct.
They had exactly the gong I wanted. The time Rain gave to me on the phone explaining the gong, the quality, and the sound over the phone was at a deeply spiritual level.
The same service was received from Shakti when I wanted to buy a singing bowl. I also play a didgeridoo and wanted something to match the sound of my didgeridoo. Not knowing much about the science of music and singing bowls in general, Shakti took the lead and made me feel very comfortable. She asked many questions about who I am and what I was desiring in a singing bowl. She asked questions I never thought of. I would play my didgeridoo then she would hit a gong, listen, and then isolate the bowls she thought best for me. The level of trust was incredible.
The bowl and gong have been used at the dojo and Dharma ceremonies with great appreciation. Everyone was amazed at the quality of the gong and bowls appearance and sound.
Both are used as meditation instruments as we grow in Aikido, Dharma, and Zen. The children and teens in the dojo are especially fond of the singing bowl. They often ask for me to let it sing. And we just sit and enjoy what it has to offer. Both the gong and the bowl are deep facets of our Aikido training.
I cannot express enough how grateful I and my students are to the service you offer. You are truly making a difference in the world with the depth and quality of your intention, your products, your service, and your person as a whole.
It is an honor and privilege to know you and do business with you.
AlejAndro Anastasio, Sensei
“Hello Rain, I wanted to tell you another amazing thing about this bowl.
It is the first bowl I have ever heard in which every single one of the
harmonics (which in this case is at least eight) is in perfect tune with
the primary note. Usually the first harmonic is close to a perfect fifth
above the primary tone, and then the other harmonics are random notes
that aren’t in the same scale as the primary tone. With this bowl, all
of the harmonics are perfectly tuned in the same scale. They all add up
to an immense F-minor chord that is absolutely stunning. The tone is
just out of this world. I like to strike it with a felt-wrapped stick to
open up all the harmonics, then hit it with a large soft gong mallet
that turns on the deep bass. It is the universal Ohm, simply sublime.
Thank you again for your help in connecting me with this fabulous bowl.
Cheers from Seattle,”
"The set of Chocolate Patina Tibetan Bowls arrived this morning; I could hardly wait to open the package! I was so impressed by the packaging; everything was packed securely and wrapped to protect my precious bowls. As I unwrapped each of the bowls, I was in awe of the beauty of the Chocolate Patina; each bowl glimmered like mosaic gold in my hands. When I played each bowl, their tone was pure and clear. It was amazing that each bowl played so easily and their tones were like silken notes melding together in harmony.
I thank all of you at Bodhisattva for the time and patience in working with me to find a set that is more than a perfect match; it is a beautiful marriage between me and the bowls."
"Bodhisattva Tibetan/Himalayan bowls have a profound effect in calming an individual and the potential in balancing the energy of the meridians and chakras of an individual in the skilled hands of a sound healer. The Tibetan/Himalayan bowls of Bodhisattva are representational of true and accurate sound quality, esthetically beautiful, and authentically accurate. In all my purchases of Bodhisattva Tibetan/Himalayan bowls, I have experienced a depth and breath of sound and quality that I have not been able to experience in any other Tibetan/Himalayan bowl.
In particular, the sound energies emitted from these bowls allow the balancing of energies at various levels. As a Usui, Karuna and Lightarian Reiki Master and Teacher, I have found that Bodhisattva Tibetan/Himalayan bowls produce a resonance capable of entraining similar vibratory rates found in Usui and Karuna Reiki. My clients have expressed the profound effects of the Bodhisattva Tibetan/Himalayan bowls, after I have completed a Reiki session, and then followed up immediately with a similar resonance in the bowls. The consistency of the bowls to entrain to the vibration frequency of Reiki, and continue the profound energy balancing is paramount in promoting wholeness.
As a Therapeutic Harpist (TMus-CTHP), Sound Healing Practitioner and Reiki Master-Teacher, I have found Bodhisattva Tibetan/Himalayan bowls useful as mediators for energy throughout the body; their tones elicit support for and energetic balancing of physical, emotional, and spiritual functioning as well as energy balancing. The overtones produced by these bowls can be discerned even in the subtle energy layers of the body; just as ripples on the water can be seen – the sound ripples can be felt as they soothe and balance a person with their exquisite vibrational frequency and song from year’s past."
Cynthy J., TMus-CTHP
Yes, I did receive both a few hours ago. Both are just unbelievable! There are really no words to describe this experience. I have been acquainting myself with their energy. The bell I took out to my VW to cleanse my car just had it serviced yesterday. I can't believe the quality of that bell...the reverberating sounds. It has very sweet energy and is unusual looking in patina color. The bowl of course is so serene and grounding. The sound sustain if very long. It truly is precious and the beautiful cushion sets it off very nicely. Interesting that it is third eye/sacral chakra. It will be interesting to see the transmutation of my energy in working with it. I am very happy with them both and am excited to welcome them into my home amongst all my crystals, YL essential oils and stones. It was meant to be.
Yesterday, a sharp shinned hawk landed on my fence and stayed for quite some time... and then the timing of the bowl/bell to arrive.
Thank you for all of your help and insight. I'm glad you called back and we talked, because I may have waited a bit longer.
Still very much interested in a high quality throat chakra bowl. Please keep me posted.
My prayer is that the bowls manifest themselves to Rain for a very long time to come. They are very important for healing.P.S. Your packaging on this shipment was exquisite. The bowl and bell were very well protected."
"Thank you for my singing bowl. I am enjoying it just
as much as my cat Princi. The sound blew me away the first time I
played it. It is truly amazing. I am a clinical psychologist who
mainly works with adolescents, and I can't wait to use my singing bowl
to center them at the beginnings of groups! I have seen it used before
and they keep asking to "bowl it" time and time again. I have to say
though, my bowl's quality and sound surpasses any others bowls I have
heard and seen, making it SO worth the investment! I am also beginning
to become a certified yoga instructor and am excited to incorporate the
bowl with my classes and within my own personal yoga practice.
Stacey T. (and her cat "Princi")
"I would like to take just a minute of your time to thank you for offering such a precious and wondrous singing bowl, packing and shipping it so securely. The bowl is truly a message of love and stillness for many, many years and people.
Love and thanks,"
"I received my bowl #5033 last week. I am so
VERY DELIGHTED with the sound and the overall quality and pureness of
Really! It's phenomenal! Thanks so much for all of your hard work seeking out these wonderful artifacts!
used the Singing Bowls during a biofeedback session for migraines. I
stopped the session part way through, and practically in tears, I told
him that was the most beautiful sound. No voice, no rhythm to a sound,
no humming. These are distractions. liken it to the ocean. Very
tranquil. I asked him the info on the CD and ordered one. It's the only
one I play. Bravo!"
"I love my set! It is just beautiful and so perfect for me. (Also want you to know that my kitty cat, Maude, can't get enough of them either! She was all over me while I was listening to the recording!)
Thank you for all that you have done to produce this wonderful, beautiful family of Tibetan bowls, Shakti! I am very grateful.
"The bowls arrived today via a very smiley UPS driver.
Since the moment of unpacking and lovingly caressing the first bowl with a mallet, I have been in what i can only (feebly) attempt to describe as a blissful immersion into a state whence comes the susurrus from the muses.
"Recently I have become enamored with the extraordinary vibratory qualities of Tibetan Bowls. With lovely Shakti’s astute knowledge and Bodhisattva Trading Company providing the remarkable bowls I’ve been able to satisfy this impulse.
Coinciding with this attraction has been the desire to explore the sonic properties of the ancient percussion instruments of Asia and the Middle East. As a consequence of this foray into the characteristics of each, I’d stumbled unto the fact that when listening to these vibrations with focus, a heightened sense of expansion was often the result and when listened to in conjunction with each other this transformation of consciousness was profound.
So perhaps it should have been no surprise when asked to provide a few music cues for the ground breaking Lewis Black ‘Red, White and Screwed’ Special, the only thought was to employ these very sounds.
The power of the bowls was evident upon the first run-through in the studio. And strangely, the choice of the three bowls themselves and the manner in which they were utilized just seemed to happen of its on accord. Either as a drone providing a tonal center for the drums to revolve around or as at the end of the final cue; the sound of a bowl being struck was inverted and spliced onto the track ‘front to back’ (as Shakti mentioned about that particular bowl, “…it sounds like the Mother Ship coming home!”) the result was a very compelling soundscape.
Perhaps no other illustration is needed to demonstrate the effects of listening to a Tibetan Bowl then this photo of the smiling duo."
"My Bowl Has Arrived!
Dear Rain and Shakti,
My wonderful bowl arrived yesterday and I can't thank you enough. It will be a treasure for life, and all it took was a phone call. I described what I was looking for to Shakti and she called me back within half an hour with the perfect bowl that surpassed my wildest imaginings. It's almost impossible to describe what a blessing this whole experience has been. In this frantic, digital age, to talk to a living human who listens with care and the skill to fulfill a dream so seamlessly....well, you've heard it before and I am simply the newest acolyte singing your praises. :)
I think the biggest surprise was in how long the sustained tone continues. Even after the last stroke or tap I can hear the the pure, clear tone murmuring within the bowl for many long moments, as if it were issuing from the depths of the earth itself. That, to me, is the signature of a truly superior work of art, which these bowls are.
Thank you both so much again. I just feel unbelievably lucky to have found your website and to be the guardian of such an amazing object. Best wishes always."
San Francisco, CA
"The singing bowl, number 5028, arrived on time, and was obviously packed with care and caution. I was rather surprised, after initially being overjoyed at its beauty, that I was filled with a deep sadness; what misfortune led to a treasure such as this being separated from a family line, which I suspect, has treasured it for many generations. I took the bowl in my hands and played it. What an amazing experience!
I picked this particular bowled intuitively, after searching for one for almost 30 years, and listening to the MP 3 sound sample you include of it on your website. After my first exposure to these amazing artifacts in the early 70s, I was immediately aware that they have, what one might call "unique characteristics," but I was totally unprepared for my experiences over the next two days! At first my sadness deepened as I became more aware of the value of this treasure. An Epiphany ended my sadness. I was overwhelmed with an intuitive certainty that I had, not only heard this bowl before, but also played it! My sadness vanished.
I came to the Dharma rather late in this life, but intuitively recognized that I was no stranger to the three jewels. And now, wonder of wonders, a treasure has left its homeland, crossed the great Ocean, only to come home to one who has long treasured it! The universe is truly an amazing place.
Thank you, and may you always find refuge in the three jewels."
"I now have 10 antique singing bowls from Bodhisattva and the collection continues to grow.
I am a professional musician so I did a lot of research looking for the best sounding bowls I could find. To my ears Bodhisattva consistently delivers the most sonically rich, complex, and energetically moving selection of bowls I've heard from a dealer.
Rain Gray not only has great discernment in choosing the bowls he sells, he spends lots of time in the region from which these bowls emanate. Since he lives there, he makes several extended trips a year to the region and has for over three decades evidently. As a result, he has forged relationships with local dealers which offer him access to some of the finest examples of these beautiful antiques compared to what I've heard offered from other sources.
Bodhisattva's recordings truly reflect the bowl's sonic qualities and are actually useful to preview online. There are no "surprises" that the bowl you are getting sounds nothing like the recording you're hearing, or the picture you're seeing for that matter. I have seen their studio space and met their professional engineer myself when picking up my bowls in person and they are top notch. They make the extra effort of capturing more of the bowl's subtleties and complexities as much as any recording can. They also provide multiple examples of the bowl played different ways. The only pleasant surprise I've experienced is that the bowls are even more complex and beautiful energetically and sonically in person. If you really want a powerful experience, find a "Double Blue" bowl you like. These "double blues" are extra special pieces which you can hear and feel. I experienced this recently myself when I purchased my first double blue for my chakra set.
Shakti has an affinity and a gift for putting these bowls together in harmonious sets. She has been patient and committed to helping me put together multiple bowls that sing together and work together well. This is not an easy task as these bowls were never created to any western standard of pitch. Her experience and innate energetic understanding of these instruments comes through as she creates a set.
Any one bowl I have is, in itself, a healing and mesmerizing experience, and I often pick just one bowl to play at a time for its specific qualities and beauty. But it is also wonderful to play these in concert with one another. The interaction brings a whole new dimension to the experience!
I've found that you don't so much become an owner of these bowls as you do a steward--a care taker of the bowl and its wisdom. It is not just sound that they emit--it is energy that is felt as clearly as heard.
These handmade antique instruments have lasted, and will last, more than several of our lifetimes. If I'm going to purchase something of heirloom quality I want the best, and Bodhisattva has delivered that for me. My experience is that you get what you pay for here."
Granada Hills, CA
"I have several antique Tibetan singing bowls from Bodhisattva, and they are all amazing. I have chosen bowls by my visceral response to them. The recordings on their web site have been extremely accurate. When I've gone in to pick up a bowl, it has matched every time. (I had wondered about this when I was first looking at bowls on-line, before I went down and heard some.)
This, combined with a large inventory and the extreme helpfulness of the owners have kept me coming back. If you'd like to put together a set they can help you with that. In fact, I've really valued the education they provide about the bowls since I'm not a musician. I am drawn to them from a sound healing perspective.
The depth of sound and the multiple notes produced by the singing bowls help me relax, clear my chakras, clear out old energy, and help me feel connected to the Universe. Their antiquity and beauty has affected me more than I thought it could--I feel their history and I feel like a guardian for them.
Since I started playing them I have been inspired to start chanting and singing notes along with the bowls, maybe even create some kind of sound collage? I've never been a singer, never liked my voice even, so this just astounds me. These bowls are bringing new adventures and joy into my life.
If you are shopping for singing bowls, I highly recommend checking out Bodhisattva."
"Hi, I just received my first bowl from Bodhisattva today. It is absolutely wonderful. It sounds so incredible. It's sitting right here in front of me as I write this. If this is just a "student-quality" bowl, I would be amazed to find out what a "master-quality" bowl is like! I also received two bowls from a seller on eBay today. They are much bigger, and much thicker and heavier. They were less expensive, and sound nice, but they come nowhere near the sound quality and depth of the bowl I received from you. I'm saving my money, and will be back to Bodhisattva for more bowls. Thank you so much for all you do to provide these beautiful bowls to people everywhere."
"I am very happy with my NEW TIBETAN LARGE SINGING BOWL # 6405, C+8/G-8Hz. I have had it a day now and it is like adopting a pet. When I caress it with the Fat Boy it literally leaps to life with such vigor it resonates the Fat Boy off it’s rim., and I’m moving it very slow. No speed or pressure needed to bring it to ”life”.
My chance encounter with your fascinating website occurred while looking at new age jewelry for design ideas and I followed a link from that web site to yours. Your high quality sound files introduced me to the singing bowls scene. As I moved thru them I found that I kept coming back to this particular bowl #6405 so I saved it. As days went by I kept playing it and compared it to others that came close but not quite right for me. Also I searched other internet sites and although many were cheaper, I had no reassurance at all what their bowls would sound like, whether they came out of a industrial punch press in China or any guarantees of my satisfaction after the purchase.
As you know I talked with a few members of your staff and they are great everyday people with all the time in the world to help me along, great personalities. Your web site is FIRST CLASS along with the exceptional pictures and high fidelity sound files…what I saw and heard was what I got, no disappointments but great joy. The container it came in was not second rate crap to save money but first class expensive (for retailers) a strong and light weight box. Wrapped in many layers of jar absorption material was the order that I placed with you…When I removed everything out of the packing it was like I had been in your store and hand picked everything out myself.
The first touch of the bowl and it sprang to life for me, someone who a week earlier didn’t know a thing about this. It’s soothing tone that just goes on and on (the sustain is incredible) melts away the pent-up stress of the day. As a side note my cat seeks it out when he hears it’s tone and just sits down and seems to relax to it also. I am working midnight shift and I write this knowing that it’s time to go crash into bed…Keep up the good exceptional work…
I thank you all…"
"Yes, they have arrived…safe and sound and Beautiful…Beautiful.
That US Postal Service...it’s like a “Who’s on First”, Abbott and Costello routine…but the US mail always gets delivered, safe and sound in my little old town.
As I was saying, the bowls are out of this world both in sound and appearance. One so golden and the other with a beautiful warm patina, both with beautiful hammer markings and very visible remnants of decorations…and both looking so ancient.
The sound is exquisite and the change from the E/A# to the G/C bowl is as smooth as silk…That is going to be a hard act to follow.
The room that I have all these bowls in is beginning to look like an ancient Pharos’s burial chamber…What the hell was I in a past life!
Thank you so much for these treasures…you guys are truly artistic geniuses…and please thank all else involved. Many blessings."
"My long awaited 8-bowl cup set arrived today and I wanted to share a few comments.
The packaging of the items can only be described as secure and meticulous. Each bowl was expertly wrapped in thick protective material and arrived in perfect condition. The dedication and care given to the shipment of the bowls highlighted your regard for the set.
The sound from each of the 8-bowls was utter perfection to the ear as each fundamental note progressed to the next. The singing of each bowl was a perfect match as I played the rims in progression to that final blissful note. Only Rain could find such worthy candidates. Every bowl he finds has its own individual sound. Shakti, your matching skills in selecting each bowl for this set is a special gift. It was as if each bowl was individually created for this set.
It was well worth the wait while each bowl came into the set. All I had to do was have the patience to let it happen. A big well done to all.
"Just wanted to get back with you in regards to my last purchase. I have been working with them the last 2 weeks. They are very special:)! I am so glad that I upgraded to that double-blue heart bowl, that you suggested. I think it is my favorite one---amazing long sustain sound per strike. Empathically, it just feels very solid...it definitely resonates with me. Overall, I am honored to share in the experience of this type of healing. I love them all...especially partial to the double-blue (special marking bowls) - but as a set and individually- they are all pure bliss. Each piece is unique with its own divine energy. They way they carry one another is a no contest. That is one of the biggest appreciations that I have for this process - the co-creativity / how they work with one another each time. This concept/energy --you know all too well. There is a greater consciousness working at hand - these bowls are the liaison between the 2 worlds.
When I got them - they were all so full of joy - each one, upon unveiling them from their beautiful Tibetan parchment paper - were happy to come out and assist. They are true light workers and I feel their joy to be these incredible Givers. That is how I see/feel them.
Again, much gratitude for all your time and energy --this is beautiful work!!
"Wow, I don't
even know where to begin. These seven bowls are amazing!
First, let me
just thank you for assembling such a beautiful set of antique singing
bowls and more importantly for providing such first rate service along
with expedient secure shipping.
From your first
telephone call to delivery - I felt assured and confident in trusting
you without hesitation.
This is a
monumental feat in what can be an uneasy world.
It is so
refreshing to know that there are genuine knowledgable folks out there
that truly love these instruments and know how to treat customers.
bowls have already had such an immediate profound impact on my sense of
being and yet I have only begun to slowly unleash the majestic power
It is clear to see I made a harmonious choice and I look forward to seeing where this leads me. (More bowls perhaps? Hmmm.) I would whole heartedly recommend your business and expertise to any and all of my friends and acquaintances - known and unknown!
Thanks again for everything and may your future be bold, light and beautiful!"
"Thank you very much for patiently coaching me. Now all my bowls sing beautifully. I cannot get over how complex and beautiful their sound.
You made me realize that I need to treat a bowl as an extension of my body.
No wonder some of them refused to sing when I was tense, frustrated, and not breathing.
I am very excited to go on a journey with these bowls and establish relationship with each of them. I am their companion until my time comes to an end and time to pass them on to another person.
Thank you again for building the wonderful bowl set.
"Well what can I say - WOW!! :) :) Finally, after an incredible journey of faith, hope and love my Set is finally home and settling in to another life in another country; before, yet again, embarking on a different journey - yet to be told - in their new found land and surroundings. Bonds of mutual respect and adoration have already begun and I just know that we will have a wonderful and lasting relationship together!
Shakti, you are so very talented; I don't know how to Thank You for all your diligence, competence and passion that you have obviously put into customizing my Set, and I shall be forever grateful that our paths have crossed. Please also pass on my 'Special Thanks' to Rain in particular, and Son, who have contributed so much to the success of my wonderful Set.
Thank you also for your enclosed Note, kind words and blessings, which are of course, reciprocal. The Boxes were unfortunately opened by Customs but all seems well.
Thank You Shakti, it's my birthday in a few days and it seems so right that my Bowls now have a new home!
With Much Love and Appreciation,"
New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
"I can't tell you how much I love my little bowl. It has brought much joy to my life.
Thank-you so much for your patience with me, and all the time you spent helping me find the perfect singing bowl. Having just discovered singing bowls, the book you suggested was both interesting and informative.
My little bowl is just beautiful and it's sound is exquisite!! Even though I'm still learning how it likes to be played, I'm amazed at how easily it bursts into "song" for me and how good I feel when I play it. It will have a good home here until it's time for it to continue on it's journey."
"I FINALLY received the bowl today, we kept missing the UPS delivery even when my wife was home! New driver, now he knows our situation so all is well.
I love the finished quality of the bowl; it is much heavier than I expected, very nice sustain when struck, due to the thicker wall, I'm sure. I have another thin-walled buddha-style bowl about the same size that has a lower tone at striking that I have never heard until I used the wool end of the mallet I just received on it, so I am rediscovering that one also!
Thank you for this wonderful item, it is one of my personal treasures."
"I bring this master healing set to the hospital once a month where I work for a "Stress Management for a Healthier You" workshop. It involves QiGong movement and Breathing exercises and the sounds of the Tibetan bowls. It has been a workshop for over 18 months now, and we have a following. Everyone loves the bowls, and can feel the vibration course through them as they do the QiGong.
Thank you again for your mastership of bringing these individual bowls into a harmonic healing set.
"Just to let you know the bowls arrived last night and the sounds are more beautiful than I had imagined! You are right it's hard to get a sense on the recordings of the great range and power of these bowls online. I'm so blessed that I ordered these. I am looking forward to ORDERING MORE! :)
I did not open the bowls last night but waited until dawn, as I had a special welcoming ceremony planned for them. We welcomed sunrise on the beach with our prayer circle. I wanted the first sounds the bowls heard here to be of the sea and sunrise and the small wind of dawn.
A sea turtle had just laid her eggs and was just going off in the low tide eastward towards the rising sun. Of course, the first bowl I pulled out to sing was Void Yoni. How absolutely perfect.
So the beautiful sounds of the bowls were welcomed by dawn, sea, sea turtles and prayer circle. Now the beautiful sounds of the bowls have traveled over the waves eastward to the land of sea turtles, the horizon and onward.
Thank you so much. I love the beautiful colours of the cushions and the mallets. The certificates are perfect and your booklet is handy and informative.
Many blessings to you and your crew! I'll be shopping again very soon.
"Well, the magic has happened! The bowls just arrived and I have already played them. They have a most beautiful, delicate sound and are a great addition to what I have. I still prefer the deep long sustain of the bigger bowls, but these have an angelic quality that I think will be really lovely for my clients.
I am so glad they are a set, as individually they would not have the same effect.
Thanks so much
for your help and service.
Rona Lynn F.
Winnepeg, Manitoba, CANADA
"It was indeed a pleasure to speak with you yesterday and to begin the process of gathering the bowls who will become my beloved companions and helpers. I am writing now to tell you a bit more about me and the work that these bowls will be joining.
I have been exploring the use of sound therapy within my practice since about 1990, when a little wire-strung Celtic lap harp came into my life. While I had played oboe semi-professionally when much younger and have a better than average training in music, I had never experienced a harp before. I did not take lessons, as that did not seem right. Rather, I learned to play intuitively, from my heart, and I discovered how this could powerfully move energies within others. So I began to explore everything being done in the US with the therapeutic use of sound. I acquired a lot of tuning forks, still use them sometimes, but it is the effect of the harp and both crystal and metal singing bowls with which I resonate most strongly. While I have read all the related publications I have been able to find, I am really a student of the Universe in how I work with sound. I have never received a go ahead from my sources of guidance to attend anyone's seminars or training sessions. I am fascinated by the technical musicological aspects, and my greatest challenge was to learn to set that aside and join with the spirit of the harp, bowls, whatever I am playing. I will do cognitive-level analysis after the fact. I have tremendous respect for both the heart-guidance and the head-knowledge which are strongly manifest in the sounds of the sets you have put together for your website.
I have been using my bowls mostly, but not exclusively, with my terminally ill patients. For this reason I need a set which is more portable than my crystal bowls. But I could have easily just acquired a smaller crystal set. For me, the harmonic structures created by the metal bowls are what I best connect with for the kinds of facilitation I am being guided to undertake.
Blessings on your day,"
Stevens Point, WI
"The bowl has arrived already - so the delivery time more than exceeded my expectations! Not only that but I am absolutely delighted with it – the tone is exactly as I heard it on the sound-byte on your website, and the whole package including the information you provide is excellent.
I am already using it in both my personal meditation practice and in the meditation classes I teach. I am so glad we were able to find a way past the difficulties in arranging payment. I had been a little nervous buying something that important sight unseen – but in fact it has turned out to be a wonderful experience.
Hurstbridge, Victoria, AUSTRALIA