what are tibetan singing bowls? no,they are not part of some new trend sport (karaoke meets bowling). they are from the standing bell family & are also known to some as gongs. unlike the usual bell that you may think of, the open part of the bell points up, while what usually looks like the top of the bell, rests on the floor, hence the name - bowl. when the sides & rim are hit, the vibration produces various sounds which have been known to induce a trance-like state, ideal for meditation.