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Tibetan Buddhist Singing Bowls in Meditation
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
Tibetan singing bowls originated in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Northern China, India, Bhutan, and Nepal. Historians are unable to pinpoint exactly when singing bowls came into being, but the technique to build similar instruments ...
Chinese Writing and Calligraphy
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
Chinese is one of the most beautiful and complex writing systems in the world and it's also the oldest form of writing that has kept so close to the original. Chinese writing dates back 3,000 ...
Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Beads Malas
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
Tibetan Buddhist prayer beads have a wide and varied history. Prayer beads are not unique to Buddhism, believers in Catholicism use prayer beads in the form of a rosary, and they say the rosary as ...
Om Symbol Tibetan Jewelry
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
The Om symbol is a very important symbol in Tibetan jewelry and accessories. The word 'Om,' Aum is the primordial symbol, the first sound ever heard, and the sound that the earth was created by. ...
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
The History of Meditation Tibetan Buddhist meditation has a long history, but not as long as the history of meditation itself. Buddhism was a branch of Hinduism and so meditation was practiced in Hinduism before ...
China Books
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
In 2001, I graduated college and decided to go teach English in China. I decided that the best way to prepare would be to read some books, both fiction and non-fiction, on China. Here is ...
The Kalachakra Mantra and The Kalachakra Tantra
By Sylvia Smelcer · 11 years ago
The Kalachakra tantra has been held sacred and preserved in both India and Tibet for over 2500 years. The Kalachakra tantra helps purify the body and mind. Kalachakra literally means, Time wheel or Time Circle. ...