About Us

We’d like to give you a little background to who we are here at SingingBowls.uk. Though this is a new website we have been involved in selling Singing Bowls for many years. Since 2003 through our website at www.pinklotus.co.uk we have been selling Tibetan Buddhist Dharma goods, Thangka art and Singing Bowls. As we regularly have over 500 Singing Bowls in stock we felt that the Singing Bowls somehow got a little lost in the wide variety of Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Goods  we have and merited a website all by itself. 

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I was always fascinated with Singing Bowls but knew very little about them. Back in 2003 we’d stared selling Tibetan Buddhist Dharma goods and Thangka art. We had a strong interest in Buddhism and our friends in Nepal are all from A Tibetan Buddhist background. So due to certain difficulties in Nepal we set about supporting our colleagues and created a website and a little later opened a shop in Lytham St Annes. I was always around Singing Bowls but took a little while for me to further my interest. I would bring some to the UK with our imports, selling some and growing my own little collection. I’m not entirely sure when but at some stage I came to love the Singing Bowls and slowly but surely our stock of Singing Bowls increased. With this came a greater understanding of what these Bowls were about. There are many different styles and sounds and certainly many different qualities. Everything we buy is, and always has been, from Nepal. This is driven by a desire to only buy from the people we know and care for. 

All the Bowls in Nepal are either Hand Beaten or Machine made and are referred to as either Himalayan or Tibetan Singing Bowls. Pretty much all the Bowls we stock are of the Hand Beaten variety. These are Bowls made in the traditional way as opposed to the Machine made bowls which are usually made from Brass and are often referred to as “Tourist Bowls”. Each time I am in Nepal I am locked away in a dark room for days on end playing hundreds, probably thousands of Bowls. Its amazing that each time you get a new batch of Bowls in from the foundry, the difference in the quality of the sound of each of the Singing Bowls. 

Each of the Bowls is made from the same materials and by the same people but yet the quality of each Bowl is different. In every batch we come across there will be average sounding Bowls, poor sounding Bowls and beautiful sounding bowls. Our job is to play each and every one, separating the beautiful sounding Singing Bowls from the rest. All Singing Bowls will play with a wooden mallet but not all will play with a suede mallet.

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Because of the uneven surface created by a hand beaten Bowl it can sound quite abrasive when played with a wooden mallet. The Suede Mallets take away these abrasions and give a warm muted sound to the Singing Bowl. Our job is to source only the finer sounding Bowls that play nicely with a Suede Mallet. But the jobs not quite done there. We always strive to have a balanced selection of notes and Chakras. If we were to just buy all the fine sounding Bowls then we would very probably end up with an unbalanced mix. So every Bowl we play will have its note recorded. Unfortunately many of the fine sounding Bowls will then be discarded if we have too many of one particular note or chakra. We will keep going and won’t stop until we have found a balanced cross section of beautiful sounding Singing Bowls for the seven different chakras. Once we have the Bowls we are happy with we will then match them to the right size of Suede Mallet and the corresponding colour of cushion to the Chakra of the Singing Bowl.

For the last 20 years I have frequented Nepal around 3 times a year. Along with purchasing our Dharma Products, we have also been involved in Buddhist Dharma Tours and Charity Treks for our charity “Love Nepal”. We’ve been running the Charity pretty much the same time we have been selling Dharma Goods.  Since 2002 we have been involved in raising money for the Nepal based Charity DCWC (Development of Women & Children Centre). Soon after that time we registered the Charity here in the UK as DCWC Nepal (UK). We rebranded as “Love Nepal” in 2017. In this time we built 15 schools, a hospital and many other worthwhile projects in poor rural areas of Nepal. 

For more information on the charity visit www.lovenepal.org.uk 

For further information about us and our Dharma store visit www.pinklotus.co.uk