Tingsha are circular, solid, plate-like chimes connected by a piece of leather. Tingsha are used in meditation practices for the distinct, long, non-harmonic ringing sound they produce. In Nepali, tingsha are known as taa; some non-native speakers of Tibetan refer to tingsha as Tibetan bells. A less frequent spelling for this instrument is "ting sha."
Tingsha have their origin in Bön Shamanism, a religion that predated Buddhism in Tibet. Bön significantly influenced the ritualistic and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism, and shares many of the same cultural characteristics and religious instruments. Tingsha are still used by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.
The tingsha are popular in other spiritual practices in the contemporary United States, and have been integrated into many alternative and holistic practices with origins outside of Tibet, such as yogic meditation and Wicca. Tingsha are also sometimes sold as decorative ornaments outside of Tibet. There are currently no available high-quality studies evaluating the use of the tingsha for any condition.

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Buddhism, feng shui, meditation, new age, religious practices, shamanism, sound therapy, spirituality, taa, Tibet, Tibetan bells, Tibetan Buddhism, ting sha, Wicca.