Above is a sound clip of this style of bell/tingsha, the sound will vary some as they are each hand cast and slightly different.
3 inches in diameter
Blue Tibetan TingSha chimes. The outside features sanskrit writings. The bottom features different Om symbols.
Tibetan TingSha chimes are traditionally used by Tibetan Buddhists to mark the beginning and end of meditation. They are also used by a Buddhist master to bring a student back into focus when his mind wanders during meditation. Our chimes are made in Nepal of an alloy of bronze, iron and zinc.
The sound is penetrating and purposely dissonant unlike the harmonic overtones of the Tibetan singing bowls. You can chime them by either 1) slightly tapping them together (soft sound) or by 2) holding the leather cord at its center and swinging the chimes together so that they strike each other strongly (loud sound).