Singing bowls are used for meditation and healing

Words and photo by Dave Barry

The history and mystery of Himalayan singing bowls was the subject of three workshops at the Buddhist Centre in the Crescent.

Developed by Buddhists and used for meditation and healing, the bowls transmit vibrational energy straight into the human body, which is mostly water.

The bowls have a range of harmonics and overtones. Various sounds are made by either tapping the side with a mallet or running the mallet around the rim, in the way that a wine glass can be made to sing.

Kate Miller, running her first workshops in Scarborough, introduced participants to “her family” - the large collection of singing bowls she had bought in Nepal.

As Kate demonstrated the way they are played, you could sense everyone’s heart-rate and blood pressure falling as we listened to the sound ring and slowly fade away into a peaceful silence.

The heaviest bowl weighs four kilos. The best ones are made by pouring molten metal over a rock then beating the bowl into shape. “Mine are all new”, Kate explained.

The workshops were held in the Buddhist Centre’s shrine room, so everyone had to leave their footwear at the door.

Kate lives in South Buckinghamshire but would like to move to Scarborough; she was staying at Burnside caravan park near Scalby Mills.

The workshops were part of a festive craft fair at the centre; candles, incense and meditation cushions were among the items on sale.