The gongs in this listing include a mallet.
Note: Each gong is handmade by folk artists using traditional, centuries-old methods. Hammer marks or scuffs may appear on the gong. This is not damage or an outlying imperfection, but an indication that each gong is unique.
The Trung Sisters Gong is made in Vietnam by workers skilled in bronze. They are deep, heavy gongs that can fill a room with a thundering vibration. But their energy is not heavy. It can help you let go of the stuff that is holding you back.
The Trung Sisters reigned in Vietnam at a time when war was necessary to protect the Vietnamese culture from being subsumed by the Chinese.
Who knows if these tough sisters were reincarnated to war against the many imperialists that occupied Vietnam in the 20th Century? Perhaps if they are still on the warrior track, they are fighting in UFC? We don't know.
But we do know that all of us, as humans, brothers and sisters, need to stop warring. What inside do we seek to fulfill by destroying or dominating another? What do we gain by seeing another as an "other?" Why would God say one of his other creations, our sibling, is not as good as we are, is evil?
It may not happen tomorrow. But it will happen. Maybe it happened yesterday and you just came upon this web page.
The 24" Trung Sisters Gong
Rim Depth: 3"
Weight: 23-25 lbs
Speaking of Vietnamese Gongs, there is a buddhist term that we like: METTA.
Metta is about compassion and friendship and non-violence. It is a strong wish for happiness for yourself, others that you may or may not like, and all of us here on the planet. It is about having patience, being receptive, and being kind.
One of our favorite examples of Metta is Metta World Peace, a former NBA Player.
Once a tough street kid named Ron Artest, castigated for using violence to protect his fellow teammates from aggressive fans, he sought and received mental health help, changed his name to Metta World Peace, and had a lot of fun then.
Metta actions large or small make a big difference in our personal lives and our collective life. That's what gongs do too. They ripple out your intentions.
Metta said, “Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world.”
Ron Artest was still named Ron Artest when he helped the Lakers win the 2010 championship. He later auctioned off his championship ring for $500,000 to help raise awareness for mental health, a cause he has championed since the 2010 finals, when he thanked his psychiatrist on national television.
“I think I accomplished a lot already,” World Peace said. “First I accomplished a lot with the mental health, changed lives. And people I don’t even know, I’ve probably changed a lot of lives, too.”
That seems Metta to us! He is sort of Meta-Metta, really.
The 32" Trung Sisters Gong
Rim Depth: 4"
Weight: 44-47 lbs
While we have honored the legend and power of the Trung Sisters, two sisters who helped the struggling Vietnamese people defeat the Chinese invaders long ago in naming this gong, we at Gongs Unlimited have always felt cautious about ancestor worship.
Who knows where your grandparents have reincarnated by this time? Where are you afraid to use your will to create what you desire? Or where do you feel too weak to achieve it without ancestors' help?
There is a line between asking for spiritual help and then not using your capabilities or power. One doesn't want to push one's ego onto a situation, but remember, your ancestors are to be spoken with and enjoyed, not to fill the gaps in your fears or weaknesses.
The 36" Trung Sisters Gong
Rim Depth: 5"
Weight: 50-55 lbs
We're in the process of making a great sample video to illustrate this size and type of gong. If you are interested in purchasing this gong, but need to hear it first, please contact us here and we can create a quick video for you.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, on the question of Superstition:
"The key to this very important question is education. The superstition of today can become the non-superstition of tomorrow. When we go to the temple, we light the incense and bow before the statue of Buddha.
"It may look like superstition, but Buddhist insight tells us that Buddha is the capability of understanding, of compassion, of love. Of course that statue is just a representation, a symbol. When people start practicing, they think that Buddha is outside of them. But when they become good practitioners, they see that they have Buddha nature within them, and they see it in others.
"We have to help people go to a higher level of understanding. We also have to see the cultural value in this practice and that our love for the deceased is our motivation.
"Our ancestors have the right to know what’s going on in our lives. When we have a child who is sick, we can light a stick of incense and ask the ancestors to help the child. We say, “Oh, the child is so sick, I ask the ancestors to protect the child,” and wake up the presence of our ancestors in each of our cells and in the cells of our child. If we listen deeply, we will hear a response from the ancestors in each of our cells."