‘Sing’ with us at the Capitol!

Please join Ten Thousand Villages in celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday and help set the Guinness World Record for most singing bowls simultaneously rung!  We’ll be meeting at the State Capitol on July 12th at 9am for this history-making event.

Singing bowls are believed to have been used in Tibetan culture since the time of the Buddha in 560 B.C. and are used for meditation, relaxation, holistic healing, stress reduction and chakra balancing.




If just one singing bowl can provide deep relaxation, imagine what 250 of them playing at once can do! On July 6, 2013 Ten Thousand Villages of Austin celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday and World Tibet Day by attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most singing bowls simultaneously rung. The sound and vibrations in the open air rotunda were indescribable.

Store manager, Kitty Bird summed it up, “I hope everyone feels better, I know I do. I feel calm, I feel good… This is so cool!”


Hosting these types of events allows Ten Thousand Villages to tell artisans’ stories to a broader audience while evoking a sense of community and togetherness. Click here to view a video of last year’s event.

While the event was an amazing success, the record was not met so Ten Thousand Villages of Austin is doing it again this year! Join us at the Texas State Capitol on July 12th, 2014 at 9 am to ‘ring in the Dalai Lama’s birthday and set the Guinness World Record for most singing bowls simultaneously rung!

There are beautiful handcrafted bowls available for purchase at the store or you can bring your own!


Singing Bowl Delicate

Delicate Song Singing Bowl from New SADLE

New SADLE, meaning “New Skill and Development Learning Experience is a not-for-profit training and employment program in Nepal for artisans who have leprosy, polio, or other disabilities. New SADLE not only provides a way for workers to make a living but also provides free medical treatment for artisans, rent and child allowances, free daycare, and schooling. Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing from New SADLE since 2001.


Singing Bowl Ashtamangal

Ashtamangal Singing Bowl

Mahaguthi artisans create bronze-casted singing bowls. Mahaguthi works with more than 1,000 artisans; most of whom are women who live in remote areas and are able to work from home. Mahaguthi has been marketing handicrafts since 1984 to support women and children. The organizations provides medical and education allowances, paid leave, and maternity leave for their workers. Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing from Mahaguthi since 2000.


Singing Bowl Lotus

Silver Lotus Singing Bowl

Created from copper, zinc and tin this bowl is created by a nonprofit export organization in Kathmandu called Sana Hastakala which means “small handicraft.” Sana Hastakala focuses on preserving the skill and traditions of artisans and develops staff welfare and development programs. Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing from Sana Hastakala since 2001.

*Note: Tenzin Gyatso, the current and 14th Dalai Lama’s actual birthday is July 6th and he will be 79 this year.

For more information on this and other events please visit www.tenthousandvillages.com/austin.