Testimonials

The following excerpts are from emails and letters sent by some of our wonderful customers. . .

“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. 

Thank you Shakti for being a healing source in the world!”

Shiva Rea using one of our antique
Tibetan singing bowls in her yoga class at
Exhale, Center for Sacred Movement

Venice, CA

Shiva Rea

Yogini and Yoga Teacher

Hi Shakti –

The bowls arrived safely on Thursday and my son and I were able to open and admire them Saturday night.  The bigger bowl is exquisite, just a you promised.  I was able to immediately and easily get a beautiful tone off the rim — I can now see why people get excited about better quality bowls!  

I also love your written instructions. Reading them has greatly improved how I play my original bowl.  I had done a fairly good job of figuring out how to rim it, based on the sparse advice from the shop clerk.  But with the new tips from you, how to vary the variables, and especially how to learn from the bowl, it is singing now better than ever.

My son, AJ, had me get my original bowl, then set up the three together.  We figured out that they sound great together too.

Thank you so much for you help!

One more fun update:  it was my spirit guides who recommended that I get a root chakra singing bowl to help smooth the way for my new patients.  Apparently it started working en route, because between ordering it and it arriving, I got three new patient inquiries!    

Best Wishes,

Stephanie S.

Lincoln, MA

Hello Shakti,

I picked up the bowls just in last minute before a month journey into the desert of Egypt. The bowls have been with me during the journey and I’ve had time to go deeper into the presence of the bowls.

The Buddha bowl sounds just fantastic – and it’s such a joy to be embraced by the rich soundscape it creates.

The lingam bowl is more a mystery with a very different sound than any of my other bowls. It took me some time to connect with it. I find the bowl quite challenging and it has a strong masculine presence. It feels like it is pointing to a state of mind or an attitude that seems very direct and straight to the point without illusions, dreams or fantasies. The sound is sometimes very physical at point inside the back of my head. Sometimes there is a feeling of a teacher or a teaching in this bowl – that really is priceless.

Just want to say thank you for your help bringing those treasures into my life.

Love and Light

Eirik B.

STATHELLE Norway

“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.”

Don R.

Laguna Beach, 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.”

Kent C.

Nashville, TN

Hello Shakti!

My Pentatonic set just arrived and I simply had to let you know how much I love these bowls! (and all of my colleagues concur!)

Their beautiful sounds when struck, their easy and melodious stick play, their long resonance – everything I look for in a singing bowl is found in each one of these five gorgeous bowls.

What a treat these are going to be to play, both for myself and, hopefully, in healing settings around Ottawa – this being an important part of my pre- and post-retirement plans.

All I can say is thank you – these are such a wonderful gift.

Warm regards,

Rob

Ontario, Canada

“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…”

John S.

Grand Ridge, IL

“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!!

Namaste,”

Leeh M.

Perrysburg, OH

“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.
Warmest regards,”

Emiko Y.

Atlanta, GA

“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,”

Wendy R.-W.

Spit Junction, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

“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. Blessings,”

Deborah P.

Meriden, CT

“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.

Blessings,”

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,”

Cheryl M.

Stevens Point, WI

“I received my bowl set yesterday, and love it!!! Thank you so much for your time putting this set together for me! They sound beautiful together! I played them as soon as I got them, and my wife fell asleep in just a couple minutes of listening to the relaxing sounds.It’s hard for her to calm her mind, but all four of the bowls I’ve purchased from you relax her quickly.”

Justin

Blue Mound, IL

At long last, the set is complete! It arrived on a quite auspicious date: 3.13.13. Shakti began putting the set together back in July 2012, based upon my request for a set of singing bowls that follows the cycle of fifths. This very important set

of healing bowls will be used in my sound therapy practice. I have worked with both Shakti and Rain in the past, and have always been pleased with the kindness and expertise that they display, as well as the top quality product that Bodhisattva offers. So, when it came time to acquire a set, there was no question of who to call upon.

If there is one word that can be used to describe the set, it is: Glorious!

IT ABSOLUTELY RADIATES! When played together, the bowls produce

overwhelming beauty in sound – the set is a complete inspiration to play!

But, the end result did not come without a lot of hard work, patience, and attention to detail. Throw in a bit of serendipity and timing-good-luck as well.

I am extremely grateful to Shakti, for her perseverance and keen judgment,

and her willingness to work with a musician who is very particular about sound quality. In the end, the result is a magnificent example of what a good-natured collaboration can produce.

Many thanks to you Shakti, and to all at Bodhisattva!

Namasté

Mark B.

Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner

“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.”

Ken O.

Halifax N.S., CANADA

“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 tune.”

Andy S.

Santa Monica, CA

“Just received the bowl I ordered. Thank you very much for a wonderful treasure that now rings in and out my meditation sessions. Also, it will be a perfect size to take along on my sailboat, Satori, when I go out. It seems perfect in all ways. Namaste”

Michael Bloss

Nottingham, NH

“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 Shakti for allowing me the opportunity to receive such a marvelous gift of the spirit.”

David Allen Hulse

Author of: The Eastern Mysteries, The Western Mysteries, New Dimensions for the Cube of Space, Sacramento, CA

“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.

Again, I want to thank both of you for your patience and diligence in finding this special rupa for me. I will most definitely recommend you to anyone who might be interested in high quality statues, and should I want another different rupa in the future I would certainly ask for your services again.

Om Mani Padme Hum.
Namaste”

Eva J.

Mays Landing, NJ

“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.

I am a psychotherapist and sometimes use the bowls in my private practice to help anchor work that clients do in session. I also use them to project prayers for planetary healing. And, of course, they are wonderful tools for centering.

I feel as if I do not really “own” these bowls, but am their steward during my lifetime. Bodhisattva Trading Company’s bowls cannot even be compared in quality to the other Tibetan bowls I’ve seen and heard. In fact, the quality is so good that I have consciously had to limit myself to just 5 bowls so that the bowls themselves did not become an exercise in “grasping” and “attachment” for me.

Thank you, Rain, Shakti, and your wonderful staff.

Namaste.”

Susan C.

Montara, CA

“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.

Shelton, WA

“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 to sleep.

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.”

Paula G.

Chicago, IL

“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., Phoenix, AZ

“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 you!”

Sandra S.

Vibrational and Sound Healer, Reseda, CA

“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…”

Holly N.-J.

Wilmette, IL

“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.”

Andy G.

San Francisco, CA

“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.”

Delight K.

Ocala, FL

“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.”

Brian K.

Navarre, FL

“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.

ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!!! Thank you so much for putting such care into this. It truly is an amazing piece, incredibly rich color and detail, can’t wait to hang it tonight! If any of you are ever in Big Sur, I’d love to buy you a cup of tea or whatever is appropriate, and of course you are always welcome to visit Mahakala!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

A very happy customer-“

Levi D.

Monterey, CA

“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,”

Chris J.

Seattle, WA

“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

Therapeutic Musician, Certified Therapeutic Harpist, Professional Harpist, Reiki Master – Teacher, Sound Healing Practitioner, Richmond, VA

“I received my bowl #5033 last week. I am so VERY DELIGHTED with the sound and the overall quality and pureness of it! It is a very special gift to have in our home, and I try and play it every day. It has a sustain of over 2 minutes! It was a real splurge for me to purchase a bowl of such high quality, but I was drawn to it over and over and am so glad I did!!! Really! It’s phenomenal! Thanks so much for all of your hard work seeking out these wonderful artifacts! Namaste!” Neal P.

Lancaster, PA

“My therapist 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!” Fran W.

“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.”

Rick Redcay

Tampa Bay, FL

“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.”

Keith S.

Granada Hills, CA

Thank you so much for the beautiful singing bowl. I am very pleased with this purchase as well as my patients in my private practice. The most common question, “Where did you get this?” I will surely pass the word that your company handles the most authentic Tibetan Buddhist materials. Thank you, Fritzi W., Nyack, NY

Hello! The bowls have arrived safely and sound. I picked them up yesterday at the post office during an unseasonable wet snowfall.

They are lovely.

Thank you again, wonderful bowls,

Honore L., Cook, MN

Shakti! Here is my current altar in my Mom’s living room under her treasured painting, which she bought in China 20+ years ago. Hearing the bowls played together reminds me of the message that has shaped my life, given to me in a journey many years ago: never underestimate the  Power of Beauty in changing in the world. I feel played by Beauty when I play these bowls. Thank you making such beauty available to me and others. With gratitude – Madelyn

Madelyn P., Beverly Hills, CA

I am always delighted with all news that I receive from you about your new items.

I purchased 5 new singing bowls from you in May this year and enjoying them immensely. They give me so much peace and happiness.

Susan B., Waupaca, WI

Shakti,

I wanted to extend my appreciation again for your extraordinary Tibetan Bowls.  They are unlike any others that I have worked with.  Their sacred harmonics are a critical lynchpin in my work with clients to restore and strengthen their energy fields.  I am honored to have the opportunity to create a relationship with each unique bowl, so that together, we can be of service in the highest resonance of sacred sound.   Thank you for collaborating so that these ancient treasures may continue to sing their beautiful songs and touch the hearts of all who experience them.

http://karenssoundsessions.blogspot.com

Have a fabulous day

A Harmonic Healing

Karen A., Lake Forest, CA

 I LOVE the bowls!! Thank you for putting the set together!

I will probably keep them all at this point. I’m still not 100% sure, but as you know, it is harder to part with any once they are together.  🙂

Peace,

Susan C., Sparks, MD

“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. 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.”

Audun M., M.D.

Idrettsv, NORWAY

Namaste Shakti,

OH MY GOD!!  I just got the triad.  I let them acclimate in my office for a bit after unpackaging them.  Then i played them.  They are so sublime and are just a beautiful triad.  I cannot put into words how happy I am that you convinced me to take them as a set.  They have a wonderful healing harmony and they will get their debut with my regular meditation group in the next couple of weeks.  I was going to use a bowl from the set you built around that double blue thadobati bowl for my patients.  Instead I believe i am going to use this triad.  If I were anymore excited i would scream.  Thank you Thank you Thank you right back at you(i read your card).  This is such a lovely set even the feng shui of them sitting together on my desk right now just takes my breath away.  

The one with the sacred geometry looks like or reminds me of tantric geometry.  If you know anything about this y shape on the bowl that i can use a key word search please let me know as I would like to find what i can about it.  You really did do me a big favor by letting me get them as a set.  I am so grateful to you. 

Thank you again and may your journey be ever blessed,

Richard M.

Delmar, NY

“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.”

Janice O.

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

“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!”

Charlyn R.

Helena, MT

“Thank 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.

Santa Barbara, 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.”

Kathryn D.

Granada Hills, CA

“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.”

Claudia P.

Honolulu, HI

“Thank you for your phone demo. I really appreciate your service. You can be proud of the help you give people on their spiritual search.”

Neil L.

San Andreas, CA

“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.”

Dianna N.

Boulder, CO

“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.”

Steve T.

Lawrenceville, GA

“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.”

Guy B.

Wakefield, RI

“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.

Thank you.”

David H.

Clayton, MO

“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.

These wondrous 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 within them.

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!”

Matthew J.

Sacramento, CA

“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.”

Loretta T.

Kiowa, OK

“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.”

Steve Fisher

Milton, FL

“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.
How perfect.
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.
Namaste”

Ariel V.

“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.
Yours truly,”

Iain B.

Hurstbridge, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

“My bowl is here. Just finished my first sitting with her. It is just as beautiful as I hoped. It’s substantial and fits perfectly in my hand. Thank you so much for the instructions. They are so helpful for this beginner.

Thank you again for your help!”

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“Round two of sitting just occurred and I can feel a long relationship starting with this bowl. Feeling the tone inside of my chest is taking my sittings to a new level. I am so appreciative of your assistance in finding the right bowl for me.”

Trish Joughin

“The two singing bowls I ordered arrived yesterday. I just wanted to let you know that they are absolutely amazing. I’m extremely happy with my purchase. I have a feeling I’ll be contacting you in the future to make me a singing bowl set. Thank you so much for what you do.”

Chancey Lanier

Savannah, GA

Namaste Shakti!

I m having a wonderful time getting to know my bows.
WOO HOOO .. they just arrived..couldn’t wait to open up and soak in ambiance.

Thanking you for the booklet on how to rim etc.
Had a friend come in. Haven’t seen her for a month, been really down and she was in my shop when the bowls came. So I opened them up and was inspired to play them for her around her body. She definitely felt movement around her sacrum. I was told issues with family and unresolved grief. This she acknowledged.

Wed.
Have been practicing and am really getting it!! Played them to my husband last night. He loved them and felt energy moving in him.

I have been observing where the energy rings for me and my husband. Different energy centres in our body. With the Buddha smaller bowl before I noted its name, I saw my belly, and big smiles…and a happy ho ho jolly little man (then saw the name Buddha.)

I am so thrilled to have found you and for your amazing help. I would like for others to experience the same help as I have.

Namaste

Johanna xx

“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.”

Robert G.

Kona, HI

“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.”

Thomas Mikelson

Parish Minister, First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School

“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, Austin, TX

“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!”

Barbara H.

Santa Barbara, CA

“The bowls have arrived !!!!!

Yep, this is one happy puppy. Thank you so much for finding me such a wonderful set, they feel very energized and happy to be here and in-fact a few of the bowls starting singing as I was just trying to get them out of the wrapping. That’s never happened before to me, so that’s a good sign all is well. I was worried that the bowls would maybe not warm to me, but I have just played them and I feel a truly deep and spiritual life long relationship will blossom with my bowls.

I’m going to give my partner a sound bath tonight, so she can be the first to experience them, inside of my set.

I will let you know how I get on in the near future, I will be spending some time with my bowls to get to know them and their specific strengths and how they like to be used. I will also be taking them to Malta for a weeks retreat, so they’ll like it over there I reckon.

Thank you so much again, I feel very honored to of made contact with you and hopefully we will do more business in the near future.”

Michael B.

Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM

“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!”

John V.

Omaha, NE

“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.”

Judy A.

Los Angeles, CA

“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, Nashville, TN

(Receiving a sound healing treatment from his wife, Ahava.)

Howard Wills

Master Healer, Anahola, HI

“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.”

Tom N.

London, Ontario, CANADA

“I just received the bowl today. And it is absolutely a thing of beauty on every level. I only wish I had the words to describe its effect, and of course I’ve just barely begun to work with it, so time will tell.


Thank you again for all your patience and expert guidance in helping me to make the choice. I shall do my best to honor its teachings, be a faithful steward, and keep it in good hands until it is time for it be passed on, many years from now. Namaste,”

Deborah P.

Point Pleasant, PA

“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, thank you!

Rev. Teresa W.

Body Detox Systems, Atlanta, GA

“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!”

John Valentine

Omaha, NE

“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,”

Eleaor B.

Rochester, MN

“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,”

Ralph M.

Miami, FL

“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.

Namaste,”

Nancy D.

Plymouth, MI

“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 to come.

With this, I must add that your service, concern and follow [through], is just so professional and ‘personal’.

Kind regards,”

Gail H.

Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

“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.

Deepest Thanks,”

Alejandro Anastasio

Sensei, 3 Shapes Aikido, Boise, ID

“Namaste Shakti, 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.” Peace,” Leeh M.

Perryburg, OH

“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. Thank you so much. I am forever grateful for my bowl!! Blessings,”

Stacey T. (and her cat "Princi")

Brentwood, CA

“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. Namaste,” Kate S.

Medford, MA

“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. …entranced…entranced…entranced! Thank you” Rick Redcay

Tampa Bay, FL

“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.” Don M.

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.” Damon N.

Lavale, MD

“I am new to sound healing and singing bowls. I am a retired sociology professor who has been also involved with spiritual healing for about 35 years. My work has been in two African traditions: Palo Mayombe (a Kongo tradition) and Ifa (a Yoruba divination/diagnostic tradition that heals through ritual action). After a visit to China in 1975, I studied acupuncture, apprenticed at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and added acupuncture to my practice. Then Last year I was introduced to sound healing by my friend Alexandre. I was immediately entranced and wanted to add this modality to my practice. Alexandre insisted that the only place to acquire Tibetan singing bowls was Bodhisattva Trading and that I should contact Shakti. What a blessing! Shakti’s guidance and enthusiastic help with choosing bowls has gently opened for me the stargate of sound/tone healing. The bowls (high walls and low walls) have already enhanced my work with folks I work with. My wife, children and grandchildren love the bowls and the atmosphere they create in our homes. The folks I work with would not normally be exposed to these marvelous tools for reasons that have to do with class and race. I live in New York City so I’ve had opportunities to hear singing bowls bought from other places. I can honestly say that for my ears there is no comparison to the quality of the bowls from Bodhisattva. I couldn’t be more pleased with the bowls that Shakti chose for me and with the response of folks who had never experienced these magical tones. Shakti, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

C. Awolowo Johnson

Harlem, New York

Shakti is very knowledgeable about both Tibetan singing bowls, sound healing and music. Her company, Bodhisattva Trading Company, has a beautiful selection of the best quality Tibetan singing bowls!! She has become a valued resource in helping me obtain the sound healing instruments I was seeking for my sound healing and yoga classes.  

Tibetan singing bowls play several notes, which can make selecting multiple bowls to play together very difficult to pick out correctly.  I have made several attempts and ended up with sonic mismatches before coming across Shakti’s site.  Now I am the proud owner of two wonderful sets (one contemporary and one antique) of amazing, rich sounding bowls which I play weekly at the yoga studio where I teach.  Tibetan bowls are a sonic investment and if you want to be sure to get a quality product, this is the place! Thank you Shakti! 

Tashi V., Solana Beach, CA

My cat (Phadra) had a sudden stroke last Wednesday night, so I’ve spent the past 5 days holding space for her as I decided to put her to sleep.  She was 15+ years old and had an extraordinary life. In the midst of Pharda’s struggles for the past 5 days, she would yell at me to go into the meditation room and play the singing bowls for her.  Nothing like being yelled at by a cat at 3AM in the morning as she would be sitting next to them waiting for me to play them.  The sounds where very soothing to her and would help her sleep….there is definitely something to be said for sound energy healing as I could see her body relax as the bowls were played.  So thank you so much for selecting the original set of bowls for me as I never planned on using them this way…for a cat’s final days.

I have attached a link to a video I took of Pharda and the singing bowls 1+ months ago.  Sadly I will never get her picking which bowls to play on video…but she has taught me well….?

Thanks again for having the gift for selecting the perfect set of bowls.

Robin R., Kent, IL

Hello Shakti,

Thank you so much for sending the 11” D# bowl so quickly. It sounds wonderful with the small set I bought a few years back. I am very pleased with the sound of the bowl and it does amazing things when played with the other bowls. 

… Thank you for acquiring such beautiful bowls and making them available for sale. I play them when I volunteer at the cancer center during Reiki treatments and the women absolutely love the sound. Always get compliments on them….

Namaste,

Linda M., Webster, NH

I am a musician and soundhealer from Sweden who also do toning concerts, meditations  and toning ceremonies with the Singing Bowls. I was recommended Bodhisattva Trading  Company from Dr. Audun Myskja in Norway who for many years have traded bowls from Shakti and team, both for personal use and in his teaching.

When I paid a visit to Bodhisattva Trading Company in Los Angeles in may 2011,
I helplessly fell in love with two antique bowls that built the ground to the wonderful resonant antique set Shakti later helped put together for me. She shipped the whole set overseas to my place in Sweden and ever since I have been growing, learning and sharing with these wonderful life instruments. They do magic everywhere I humbly play  and resonate with them and – they do magic with me.

I now and then add another bowl from Bodhisattva Trading, my set is steadily growing  as my own resonating expansion and I am always very happy by the knowledge, the  service and the skill I`m met with. Shakti always shows she has a deep insight and respect for the Tibetan culture and traditions, when I visited her place back in 2011, I got a firm introduction how to play and treat the bowls and that really helped me get  started. It is a very special learning to know, play and grow with these sacred  instruments, they all have their own integrity and sound vibrations as well as their own history. This is what makes the Singing Bowls so special and Shakti and team relate to this with both humbleness and professionalism.

When I do concerts and ceremonies many people ask where I´ve found these wonderful bowls and at workshops I always recommend those who have a serious interest, to go  online and look for their special personal bowl at the Bodhisattva Trading Company.  They have good quality soundtracks and you can listen to the whole spectrum of the bowl. I know that those persons who have purchased are very happy and satisfied both with their bowls and the treat they were met with from Shakti and team. When I am asked, I often tone over another person’s body with the voice and my special antique bowl from the 15th C. that I bought from  Bodhisattva Trading in 2012. It`s  interesting, I never know exactly how this bowl is gonna behave and sound, even if I experience I play it the same way as I use to. It is resonating in the moment, here and now, with both me and the receiver. That´s the charm, the magic, the deep secrets with a real quality Singing Bowl. I deeply recommend “Shakti’s little paradise” – the Bodhisattva Trading Company for both recognizing and gathering good new bowls and antique bowls with fine-tuned Master-Qualities and also for how they hand out professional guidance how to mastering and resonate with those bowls.

I am very proud of my Singing Bowl set and in my point of view its an honor to
resonate and take care of these master bowls, a life stance I feel I share with the
Bodhisattva Trading Company.

Thank you, Shakti and team!

Marie B., Lidingo, Sweden