Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Singing Bowls!

We have some great new singing bowls in a variety of sizes at These bowls are available in limited quantities, so get yours today!

Tibetan Singing Bowl, Blue and Gold, 8.5 Inches 
This large singing bowl has a clean, crisp sound when played. This singing bowl is 8.5 inches wide and it is blue and gold in color. This singing bowl comes with a wooden striker, and the stand is sold separately. 

Tibetan Singing Bowl, Blue, 6 Inches, Straight-Sided Singing Bowl 
This singing bowl is painted gold and blue and it is 6" wide. This singing bowl comes with a wooden striker. The straight sides on this singing bowl makes it easy to play.

Brass Singing Bowl, 8", with Hammer Marks 
This singing bowl is 8" wide and it was made in Nepal. There are hammer marks around the outside of this singing bowl which give it a unique design. This singing bowl comes with a wood striker.

Brass Singing Bowl, Large, 9 Inches 
This singing bowl is made from brass and other metals and it is 9" wide. This singing bowl includes a wood striker. This is a nice large singing bowl with a deep tone.

Black and Gold Singing Bowl, 6 Inches 
This singing bowl is 6" wide and it comes with a wooden striker. This is one of our straight-sided singing bowls. The straight sides make this singing bowl easier to play, and this bowl have a nice crisp tone. This bowl is black and gold, and the Buddhist mantra om mani padme hum is painted around the outside.

 Copper and Silver Singing Bowl, 4 Inches
This singing bowl is 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall. It is made from copper and silver. This singing bowl comes with a wood striker.

Tibetan Singing Bowl, Purple, 5 Inches
This purple and gold singing bowl is made from brass and other metals. This bowl comes with a wood striker, and its small size makes it perfect for travel.

Copper and Brass Singing Bowl with the Buddhist Mantra, 4.25" 
This singing bowl is one of our most beautiful bowls. It is made from copper and brass. The om mani padme hum mantra is around the outside of this singing bowl, and this bowl comes with a leather striker.

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!