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About Karma Moffett

The Tibetan Bell Experience

Karma Moffett has developed, over a period of thirty five years, an exceptional program of music, which is presented to the community as a Wish-Bestowing Ceremony. He uses his unique collection of instruments, featuring antique Tibetan Bowls, Bells, Tingsha, Longhorn, and Conch Shells. He also plays instruments gathered from throughout the world, and some he has hand-made.

Patterning the ceremony as a symbolic journey to Tibet, Karma begins by playing Native American Flute, to fly the audience to the Tibetan Plateau. Then Karma plays the Tibetan Longhorn, escorting his audience into the monastery. There follows a journey through the Bowls, from the low tones to the high, using varying patterns, creating different harmonics amongst the attuned and paired sets of bowls. Next resound the higher notes of the Bells. The journey upwards culminates in the highest-pitched tones of the Tingsha and the Conch Shells resonating above. Gently, Karma reverses the pattern, back downward through the Bells and Bowls. At the end, he dissolves the movement of sound into the stillness of the Great Mystery. This entire process takes about eighty minutes.

There is another aspect to the ceremony. It is becoming widely accepted that pure sound tones and harmonics have a positive and penetrating impact upon a person's natural healing system. Karma has developed his collection of instruments and his ceremony with this understanding as his guide. When experiencing the ceremony in an intimate setting, one really feels the Longhorn and the Bowls move the energy of the lower chakras. The Bells move the heart and middle chakras. The Tingsha and Conch Shells stimulate the crown and higher chakras. Thus, the journey to the highlands is also a journey through the chakras.

One of the outstanding qualities of Karma's Bell Set is its harmonic attunement. Karma has sifted through nearly five-thousand bowls over a period of thirty-five years to accumulate twenty bowls. These were selected for their purity and clarity of sound, sustained resonance, and harmonic blending or pairing with the other bowls within the set. The bowls, are handmade, using from five through seven metals. The Tinsha Cymbals are made of Black Metal, (twelve alloys including meteorite). The varying thickness of the metals produces a variety of tones and harmonics, within each bowl. When the bowls are played in runs or struck as pairs, their harmonics penetrate the physical and subtle bodies of the listeners. The audience easily relaxes into a natural state of meditation.

Karma's mastery of circular breathing, which he applies to the Longhorn, Native American Flute, and Conch Shells, allows him to bring the pure tones of each instrument to the listener in an unbroken stream of sound for twenty or more minuets. When he plays the Longhorn at fairs and expos, people are drawn from all corners of the grounds, as metal is drawn to the magnet, to experience the power and variety of tones, which Karma achieves. In an enclosed setting, the sound is even more remarkable.

Karma plays background music for celebrations, birthdays, weddings, Yoga, massage, births, and rites of passage. He's been invited to play for the Kalachakra Mandala installation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, as background for a Tibetan exhibit in the Crocker Museum in Georgia, as background for meditations, whole life expos, and numerous benefits. And, his music is extensively used as background for meditation, yoga, t'ai chi, massage, and births.


Karma Moffett

Is a self taught Artist

He has been an artist from his early childhood. His father was a 

printer and would bring home boxes of paper left over from paper cutting. 

Karma would draw sailing ships, Later he would draw monsters

 driving race cars and would sell them in school for 50 cents. 

At 18 years of age he was drafted into the Army and was sent to 

Vietnam and given the job as an illustrator for propaganda.

Upon returning to the East Coast he found himself at The Woodstock 

Concert and became a surrealist artist. He spent 3 years as 

portrait artist in Malls and Boardwalks.

In 1973 he hitch hiked to California from Washington DC and 

landed in San Francisco homeless with no funds. He sat in front of 

Macys showing his drawings with a sign saying “Artist Needs Glasses” 

 He made enough to buy a bamboo flute and played on

 the street in the morning to earn enough to buy coffee 

in coffee shops throughout the city.

He spent his days into the evenings in coffee shops completing many 

surreal images which he felt connected him to a spiritual self.

He evolved from Grafite, Pen & Ink, Colored Pencils, 

Water Color, & Oil Painting.

He also worked in Wood, Silver, Copper, Glass, & Bronze.

He is a father of four and delivered his first three children.

His paintings are meant to be non objective ( no object ) so that the

viewer can empty ones mind while meditating on the image. 

His paintings of landscapes focus is on the pure land 

untouched by the materialization and shine the light 

of essence on the viewer. 

He has also spent the last 38 years creating 

The Tibetan Bell Experience

Karma is also the residing Artist and Light Sound Tech at "The NeXus" / Post Industrial Temple that presents transformational events including speakers, films, concerts and workshops. It serves as a gathering place to help foster connections and conversations around our emerging new story. 1414 Harbour Way South -Suite -1010 Richmond, California 94804