BURMESE TEMPLE GONGS
Ritual bells are found throughout Asian cultures but gongs certainly originated in ancient China. Over the ages they have evolved into several forms including Kongs cast deep in central Burma (Myanmar) from a secret formula of bronze, then hand tempered by masters who know the power of sound. These are the finest quality authentic temple gongs made today.
To ring the gong, remember personal intention and environmental acoustics are important. Hold the gong at ear height, collect yourself for a moment, then strike the gong, not too hard, not too softly, directly in the center. Wield the mallet with gentle strength.
Quiet meditation is central to Theravadan Buddhist practice. It seems paradoxical that sound could lead to silence. Actually vibrational methods like Sanskrit chanting or tools such as gongs predate Buddhism. There is a long history of percussive bells in the cultures of Asia. Burmese temple gongs have evolved to serve a contemporary function. At the beginning of meditation the gong helps us reach a place of harmony within. After meditation it connects the inner experience with the outer world.
The gong's golden bronze has oxidized to dark slate and then been simply etched around the center in the design of a star-flower mandala. This symbolizes the iris of the cosmos and the unfolding of consciousness.
Diameter: 19 3/4", 17 1/4", 16 1/2", 14 1/2", 10, 6 1/4"
Depth: 5" - 1 3/4"
Culture: Theravada Buddhism,
Price: $775, 575, 495, 320, 75, 28.