Gongs have been traced back to the Bronze Age, around 3500 BC ~ with their glorious bass note and beautiful craftsmanship, mystical traditions grew up around gongs in the east. Touching a gong is believed to bring a person good luck, health and happiness, and respect for the spirit of the gong is of primary importance. Some of the ancient uses for the gong include meditation, healing, communication, and announcing the beginning of ceremonies.
Gongs are made of a bronze alloy which consists of approximately 75 percent copper, 20 percent tin and 5 percent nickel. They are prayerfully hand hammered and refined by the artisans whose soul is imbued in the finished product. This instrument is named after the sound it makes ~ in essence, it ‘is’ what it ‘does’: “an engine of power releasing tone resonance and complex harmonics that are transferred to the recipient.” In Buddha's time, the gong and drum were used to gather everyone to announce the precepts, meal times, Dharma talks etc.
The gong is hit steadily in a combination of fast and slow paces creating a roaring sound of pondering thunder; if your listen very carefully you will be able to recognize sounds of the wind, rain, and thunder; these sounds signify timely wind and rain (good weather) and national prosperity. According to the Vinaya: "Upon hearing sounds of the gong, worries will be ceased, wisdom will grow, Bodhi will be born, from hell that one will go, vows will be created to become a Buddha, and to save all sentient beings. Therefore the reason that temples sound the gong every morning and evening is very significant; also the daily routines of a temple starts and ends with its sound.
Approx Weight: 3.60 lb. / Each
Dimensions (LxWxH): 13.00 x 13.00 x 2.50 in.