International Musical Instruments

///International Musical Instruments

International Musical Instruments

These are international musical instruments from many cultures for the purpose of ceremony, healing, and purely for the enjoyment of sound in life.  Musical instruments are wonderful tools for healing and release.  For centuries people have used music as a form of artistic expression and stress relief.  Each instrument offers a different energy and story, it’s fun to play and explore, paying attention to what it is that you are drawn to.  In our storefront we always encourage and invite you to play with our wide variety of sound experiences, expanding your mind, putting a smile on your face, and offering an opportunity for connection.  Never hesitate to contact us with any questions at our email,, or speak directly with one of our knowledgeable staff members at (509) 682 2383.  We hope to hear from you soon!  Watch for many more items to appear here soon.

  • In Buddhist ritual the dorje symbolizes the spiritual force of a thunderbolt of enlightenment and the indestructability of a diamond or of the spirit.

    Buddhist Ritual Dorje and Ghanta

    An ornate Tibetan brass bell, or ghanta, with a dorje, or vajra. The dorje symbolizes the spiritual force of a thunderbolt of enlightenment and the indestructability of a diamond or of the spirit. The dorje symbolizes the male energies, and the bell symbolizes female energies. They are companion tools used in Bhuddist ritual bringing together the forces of compassion and wisdom. The bell measures approximately 16 cm in height (6").
  • The dorje, held in the right hand, represents skillful means, and the bell, held in the left, represents wisdom. Wisdom and compassion flow together.

    Ghanta & Dorje

    The dorje, held in the right hand, represents skillful means, and the bell, held in the left, represents wisdom. Together these ritual implements represent the inseparability of wisdom and compassion in the enlightened mindstream. Looked at separately, each is a great treasure of spiritual meaning.    
  • This traditional Japanese percussion instrument can be waved in ceremonial dance to create a rhythmic clacking of the cypress boards.

    Japanese percussion

    This Japanese percussion instrument is made of white cypress wood and is sturdily built.  I purchased this Sasara at my favorite little drum shop close to Naritasan Temple in Japan.  This traditional Japanese percussion instrument can be waved in ceremonial dance to create a rhythmic clacking of the cypress boards. It is about 32.5 inches long and it comes in a box with instructions, written entirely in Japanese.
  • This is a beautiful authentic Temple Bell with a dragon carving. It is a traiditional form of percussion used in the temples.

     Japanse Buddhist Temple Bell

    I purchased this Mokugyo in Narita, Japan close to the Naritasan Temple. A wooden fish, also known as a Chinese temple block or Muyu  is a wooden percussion instrument. The wooden fish is used by monks and laity in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. It is often used during rituals usually involving the recitation of sutras, mantras, or other Buddhist texts. The wooden fish is mainly used by Buddhist disciples in China, Japan, Korea, and other East Asian countries where the practice of Mahayana, such as the ceremonious reciting of sutras, is prevalent. In most Zen/Ch'an Buddhist traditions, the wooden fish serves to keep the rhythm during sutra chanting. In Pure Land Buddhism, it is used when chanting the name of Amitabha.
  • Tabla Drums techniques are complex, involving extensive use of fingers and palms in various configurations creating a wide variety of sounds and rhythms

    Tabla Drums

    Diameters approx 4" & 5" and they are 7" tall. The tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small drums. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani Classical Music since the 18th century, and remains in use in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The name tabla likely comes from tabl, the Persian and Arabic word for drum. However, the ultimate origin of the musical instrument is contested by scholars, some tracing it to West Asia, others tracing it to the evolution of indigenous musical instruments of the Indian subcontinent. The tabla consists of two single headed, barrel shaped small drums of slightly different size and shapes: daya also called dahina meaning right, and baya also called bahina meaning left. The daya tabla is played by the musician's right hand (dominant hand), and the baya tabla is a bit bigger and deep kettledrum shaped. Each is made of hollowed out wood. the daya drum laced with hoops, thongs and wooden dowels on its sides. The dowels and hoops are used to tighten the tension of the membrane. The daya is tuned to the ground note of the raga called Sa (tonicin Western music). The baya construction and tuning is about a fifth to an octave below that of the daya drum. The musician uses his hand's heel pressure to change the pitch and tone color of each drum during a performance.
    File:Tabla drums demo.webm
      Thank you Wikipedia for this info!