The singing bowl is sometimes known as a prayer bowl or standing bell. Metal bells originated in China and started to become popular after the 2nd century in Buddhist rituals. Nowadays, people use struck bowls in some Buddhist religious practices during meditation and chanting. Struck and singing bowls are widely used for music-making, meditation, and relaxation, as well for personal spirituality. They have become popular with music therapists, sound healers, and yoga practitioners.
These bowls can be struck with the included wooden mallet to produce a single note, or the mallet can be rotated around the outside rim to create a sustained note.