Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Buddhist Books

Hinky Imports now carries Buddhist books. We have a great variety of titles available including books on playing singing bowls. Our customers have been asking us for books on Buddhism for years, and our collection gives a great understanding of some important Buddhist concepts including a book on the Mandala, and books on thangka paintings, symbols, and more.

Buddhist Practice of Concentration

by Bhikshu Wai-Dau and Dwight Goddard

Buddhist Practice of Concentration, by Bhikshu Wai-Dau and Dwight Goddard

This book is a great guide on beginner's meditation, and teaches some basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism. Learning to meditate and cultivating a daily meditation practice is one of the most important steps if you are interested in starting a Tibetan Buddhist practice.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

by Chogyam Trungpa and Francesca Fremantleis

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

 The Tibetan book of the Dead is one of the most well-known books in the Buddhist sphere. This book is a guide on preparing loved ones and yourself for death, and in Buddhism in death there is always hope for what the next life may bring.

Singing Bowls, An ABC

by Geert Verbeke

Singing Bowls An ABC

Singing Bowls, an ABC- is a wonderful guide on how to play singing bowls and the different uses for singing bowls, including sound therapy. This is my favorite of our singing bowl books, but we have a few others as well.

Gods, Goddesses & Religious Symbols of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tantrism

by Majupurias

 Gods, Goddesses & Religious Symbols of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tantrism

We carry a few different books on symbols in Buddhism- but for a complete guide to Buddhism and Hinduism- this book is your best bet. Filled with pictures and great description on Buddhism- this book is a great guide on where to start learning more about Buddhism- and it's helpful in learning to distinguish what comes from Buddhism, what comes from Hinduism, and what comes from Tantrism.

Pocket Guide to Meditation

 by Alan L. Fritz


The Pocket Guide to Meditation is a handy little guide to get started with meditation- with clear and concise instructions sure to help any novice start on the path to meditating.

If there are books you would like us to carry, just send us an email in the contact us section, and we can get that book in the future.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chakra Singing Bowl Cushions

Chakra Singing Bowl Cushions are the newest addition to our Singing Bowl Accessories Category. We have a cushion for each chakra, and our cushions are made from satin and stuffed with cotton. Each cushion is 5.25 inches long and wide, and 2 inches tall. These cushions are great for singing bowls that are between 5 and 8 inches wide.

Here are some photos of our Chakra singing bowl pillows.


Here is a chakra chart I found here. I have changed some of the wording

NumberEnglish Name LocationColorElement Related To
1 Root Chakra Base of spine RedEarthour feeling of being grounded, rooted, connected to the earth, nature, and the physical world
2 Sacral ChakraLow abdomen, lower back, reproductive organsOrangeWaterCreativity, sexuality, Eroticism
3Solar Plexus ChakraSolar Plexus (upper abdomen between navel and sternum) YellowFireOur sense of self, ego, metabolism
4Heart ChakraCenter of body at heart level GreenAirLove for ourselves and for others, empathy, ability to care for others and be cared for
5 Throat chakra Base of throatLight blueSoundAbility to communicate effectively and hear and understand those around us
6 Brow chakra, Third Eye Forehead, between and slightly above eyebrows IndigoLightSight, physical and intellectual
7 Crown ChakraTop of headWhite or violetThoughtSpirituality, our ability to connect with the outer realm

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tibetan Rings, Om Rings, Turquoise and Coral Rings

We have a new batch of rings at Hinky Imports. Some are adjustable, and some are an exact size. The styles include a new style of rings in brass with turquoise and coral inlay, and rings in white metal with carvings but no gemstones.

This ring is made from white metal, with a large turquoise gemstone in the face of the ring. There are small amounts of coral inlay around the edges of this ring, and the om symbol is an inlay as well- made from brass. The om symbol shown on this ring is the Tibetan om symbol. The easiest way (in my opinion) for a Western mind to tell the difference in the om symbols is that the second part of the Sanskrit om symbol looks like a circle, and the second part of the Tibetan om symbol looks like a 'v'.


Here is an example of the Tibetan Om symbol...

Here is an example of the Sanskrit Om Symbol...

Both versions of the om symbol are popular in Tibetan jewelry, but some people have a preference for the Tibetan om symbol, especially those who practice Tibetan Buddhism, and some people like the Sanskrit version because it is more universal and recognizable.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Buddhist Locks- Tibetan Locks

We just received a couple of our Tibetan locks back in stock. These are really good sellers, and people love using these locks for decoration, and they actually work like a regular padlock as well. This is great for locking up your important items so no one can get them, and these locks also make really lovely decoration on cabinets, etc. We have two colors of this lock in stock right now. One color is green, and it is made from iron. The other lock is made from brass.

This lock is made from brass, and it is 4.5 inches long. There are two keys, and each key has a double dorje symbol at the top. This lock is fully functional. The om mani padme hum mantra (hail to the jewel in the lotus) is on both sides of this lock. There is a conch shell in the center of the mantra.

This lock is made from iron. The Buddhist mantra, om mani padme hum, is featured on both sides of this lock. This lock was handmade in Nepal by Tibetan artisans. There are two keys with this lock as well. Both locks retail for only $39.99

We sell these locks in our showroom, and in person they are even more beautiful. These locks have been surprisingly popular and top sellers for us at Hinky Imports.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tibetan Jewelry, Tibetan Bracelets

Tibetan jewelry is the name for a wide variety of jewelry made in the Tibetan style. Tibetan jewelry is also called Buddhist jewelry. Almost all our Tibetan jewelry comes from Nepal, where it is made by Tibetan refugees. You can also find Tibetan jewelry or Buddhist jewelry made in Thailand, Bhutan, and Indonesia. Here are some of our newest offerings in Tibetan Jewelry.

This bracelet is made from white metal (silver plate). This bracelet is .3 of an inch wide and it is adjustable to fit any wrist. The eight auspicious signs are engraved around the outside of the bracelet, and there are also turquoise and coral gemstones on this bracelet. This bracelet was handmade in Nepal. Please click on the link for more information on the Eight Auspicious Symbols.

Fig 9 eight auspicious symbols

This ring has the most famous Buddhist mantra on it in Nepali script. This mantra is om mani padme hum, hail to the jewel in the lotus. There is a great description of this mantra in this article, Om Mani Padme Hum, The Mantra of Avalokitesvara. This ring is open in the back, and it can fit anyone. This ring is 3/8 of an inch wide.

We have tons of new items in our Tibetan jewelry section, and we list more every week, so keep checking back!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Buddhist Malas- Prayer Beads for Meditation

At Hinky Imports, we have a new crop of prayer beads. We just listed 30 new styles of malas to our Prayer Beads section. The types of malas range from regular malas with 108 beads, the traditional Buddhist mala, to small wrist malas. And the materials used to make these new malas include bodhi seeds, yak bone beads, and agate beads. We are always listening to our customers' requests for malas, and some of the malas we have purchased at the request of our buyers are listed below.

Medicine malas are hugely popular right now, and this bodhi seed medicine mala is something we saw around, and knew we had to get in. This medicine mala is made from bodhi seeds, with turquoise and coral inlay. As gemstones, turquoise and coral are very healing. Turquoise especially is known as a medicinal gemstone and has been used in Nepal and Tibet for centuries. This medicine wrist mala also has copper, brass, and silver inlay. These are the three healing metals, and they have healing qualities when combined. If you have issues with carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint aches and pains, then the three healing metals are something you need to try. The fact that this wrist mala is made from bodhi seed beads makes it extra special. Many medicine malas are made from yak bone, and bodhi seeds, of course, have their own degree of popularity. This mala is made with a drawstring closure. The drawstring helps this bracelet expand to fit any size of wrist, and the beads are each 9 mm wide.

 This Tiger Eye Mala was purchased at the request of a few of our customers. It is made from tiger eye beads on a satin cord. There are 108 beads on this mala. There is a guru bead on the end of the mala. This helps you know when you have completed your meditation and reached the point you started from. This mala was handmade in Nepal. The tiger eye beads are each 7 mm wide.

Sandalwood malas have always been popular for their soothing scent. This mala is made from unvarnished sandalwood, which is nice because it retains it's original scent. There are two sets of counting beads. Counting beads help you mark your place while meditation. There are also large turquoise and coral spacer beads. These beads have two functions. First, they look lovely and really make this mala an interesting piece, and second, they are much larger than the rest of the beads, and so you can keep track of where you are without having to keep your eyes open. This mala was handmade in Nepal.

There are many more types and styles of malas on our prayer beads page, and keep checking, we are adding new products often!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Om Symbol Wood Carvings

If you are looking for some Buddhist items to hang on your wall, Hinky Imports has got you covered. We have tons of things like large tapestries and prayer flags, wall hanging prayer wheels, thangkas, and more. But today I want to tell about our new wood carvings. We have a few different types of wood carvings, and the designs on our wood carvings are the eight auspicious symbols, the Kalachakra mantra symbol, and the Om symbol.

The, Ashtamangala or Eight Auspicious Symbols are important symbols in Tibetan Buddhism, and they include the victory banner, the conch shell, and the lotus symbol. The eight auspicious symbols represent the gifts given to Shakyamuni when he attained enlightenment. Ashtamangala translates into eight auspicious symbols because ashta menas eight and mangala means auspicious. Our wood carving with the eight auspicious symbols is a great take on the eight lucky signs, because the signs are shown combined, on top of each other, in the same style as the Kalachakra mantra.

 Tibetan Art, Eight Auspicious Signs Wood Carving

We also have a couple of wood carvings that feature the Kalachakra mantra symbol. This symbol is also known as the ten-fold powerful symbol, and it is made up of a combination of symbols laid on top of each other. The Kalachakra mantra symbol is representative of the Kalachakra tantra, which is a tantric system that is very complex. To read an amazing compilation of the meaning of the Kalachakra mantra symbol, check out this link from the International Kalachakra Network.

Here is our newest Kalachakra mantra symbol wood carving. This is a new item for us, we have carried a smaller version of this wood carving for a while now, but this larger version just came in, and it is absolutely stunning. Another big difference from the smaller wood carving is that the Kalachakra mantra itself is painted completely in gold, which really sets off this wood carving.

This wood carving is 17" long, so make sure you find a big area to place this beautiful wood carving!
Kalachakra Mantra Symbol Wood Carving
In addition to the wood carvings above, we also just received the Om symbol wood carving in a few different styles. For a long time we only carried plain painted wood carvings with the om symbol on the front, but recently we have received wood carvings with metal on the front, which really make the wood carvings become something beautiful. 

Om Symbol Wood Carving with Copper, Brass, and Silver
This wood carving is 8 inches long and 9 inches wide. It is made from elm wood and then painted black, and on the front of this wood carving there is an overlay of silver, gold, and copper metal. This om symbol is the Sanskrit type of the om symbol, as opposed to the Tibetan form of the om symbol, where the second part looks like a 'v' rather than a circle. 

Our wood carvings are popular items, and they offer a great way to show your Tibetan Buddhist spirit off in your home.