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5.0 out of 5 stars a triumph, 25 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Himalayan Sound Revelations: The Complete Singing Bowl Book (Paperback)
Review of Himalayan Sound Revelations, by Frank Perry.

This book is without doubt the seminal book on these mystical Tibetan instruments.
The book offers a comprehensive contribution to the emerging scholarship on this arcane subject.

Masterfully edited and presented it offers an accessible account of Frank Perry’s spiritual and musical journey and is very deserving of a wide readership and listeningship.

Too often the practices related to the “bowls” have been studied from the perspective of the Western experience who have advocated and promoted their curiosity, this is understandable since most of our sources have come from that very Western experience.

What Perry has been able to do is inject the value of profound religious practice with innovation and experimentation. The book is a triumph.

Dr Alain Presencer FRAS
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Explorer's Guide, 25 Feb. 2014
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Frank Perry has written an invaluable guide to Himalayan bowls based on over forty years of personal experience. Perry's approach is well illustrated in the rally chapters of the book where he explores the historical and cultural context in which the bowls were produced. He is thorough in his consideration of the available evidence, and is not afraid to highlight gaps in our knowledge. There are several deft debunkings of those who have published illogical or imaginary accounts of the history of the bowls.

The percussionist is always advised to be empirical and experimental in how they approach working with any given bowl, but Perry gives a thorough account of the repertoire of strokes and strikes which can be applied.

Perry practices as a sound healer and the spiritual aspect of the bowls is important to him. He is admirable in the way in which he recounts his spiritual experiences as experience and is clear that others may have differing experiences with the bowls.

All in all, an erudite and clear guide to the history, aesthetics, physics and metaphysics of Himalayan bowls
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 17 Feb. 2014
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A good price and fast delivery, a must have book for anyone interested in singing bowls. A broad in depth look at singing bowls from The Man, well written and easy to read.
I find the spirity side, less interesting, but there are plenty of facts to more than balance this out. I have not finished reading it yet, but will definitely re-read a few chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the "tin"/cover!, 26 Mar. 2014
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Frank's book really does cover every possible aspect (and some more beyond) of singing bowls. It's quite a massive read, which may have to be approached in stages or selectively in the first instance but acts as a wonderful source reference book for any reader interested and involved in this area of sound and associated spirituality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very in depth book on the Himalayan Singing Bowls, 27 Feb. 2014
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This is a great book on a practical and spiritual level, looking at all aspects on working with Himalayan Singing Bowls. No other book looks at this subject area in such depth, with cymatic imagery included, it is comprehensible and enjoyable to read including the authors personal journey with sound. It is quite clear that the author has had much experience working within this field, with a good analysis of the bowl structure, its acoustic properties, its purposes from a historical perspective and the various approaches of working with the sonic elements. To date, a very fair non bias approach into explaining this vast and relatively unknown subject area, where the science of sound and spirituality meet. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is curious or starting to explore the sounds of Himalayan Singing Bowls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for healers, musicians and anyone who wanted a deeper understanding in the use of sound, 7 Mar. 2014
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This book is a vivid personal account of Frank Perry’s spiritual journey through his awareness and understanding, of the use of sound to help others to heal, let go, and gain balance within themselves. There is a good mix of his own life stories and others accounts which compliment these, some historical Tibetan Bon and Buddhist context as well as practical techniques, easy-to-use advice on how to use Tibetan singing bowls. I would recommend this book to healers, musicians and anyone who wanted a deeper understanding in the use of sound and to keep this as a reference book to dip into every now and again. An easy-to-read book with lots of useful advice as well as some wonderful colour photographs of the sound waves cymatic produced off the singing bowls. I have already recommended this book to others to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant clear informative, in theory and practise.
A must for anyone using singing bowls!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Aug. 2014
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Really helpful and interesting
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