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Gong Meditation Research and Advocacy
Dr. Karambir Khalsa facilitating a gong meditation at Cedar Yoga Space in Cedar City, Utah

What is Gong Meditation?

Please click HERE for an introduction to gong meditation including a short video.

Gong Meditation Research

Gong Tones is a Utah-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit which advocates and facilitates scientific research to study the therapeutic use of sound healing techniques, particularly gong meditation, for mental health and well being. We are committed to expanding the body of evidence supporting sound healing and related modalities such as music therapy, vibroacoustic therapy, and low frequency sound stimulation among others as adjunct treatments for clinical mental health diagnoses. Our longterm goal is to add the practice known as gong meditation (also known as gong bath, gong wash) as an evidence-based practice for anxiety. It is Dr. Khalsa’s hope that in the future, psychologists may be able to prescribe gong meditation for clients who are dealing with anxiety such that insurance providers may cover the cost of either attending or listening to a recorded gong meditation.

Sound Healing Advocacy

Gong Tones is still in the startup phase and our immediate goal is to ensure sufficient funding to cover monthly expenses.  Our longer term goal is to secure funding through grants or donations to conduct the followup study discussed above. This would likely require upwards of $150,000. Until then, we continue to advocate the use of gong meditation as a means of stimulating the relaxation response for all individuals. Advocacy includes hosting public events as well as pro bono work with local mental health facilities. It is our belief that gong meditation can help to reduce suffering, particularly but not exclusively for those with a mental health diagnosis. At present, our research efforts consist of ongoing research and development of data collection and processing tools and processes so that when funding is available we are ready to move forward with confidence that our research will provide valid data for analysis.

To date, we have successfully completed the following sound healing research studies:
* Experimental Sound Study for neten, inc. of Japan
* Dissertation research studying gong meditation as an intervention for anxietyBoth studies originally involved face-to-face interaction between the researcher and participants and were halted due to COVID-19. They were subsequently redesigned to minimize risk of transmitting COVID-19 using remote interaction between researcher and participants.

Charitable Contributions Support Our Mission

As a relatively young  501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are dependent primarily on individual contributions to fund our day-to-day operations. Small contributions (i.e., $10-$20) go a long way towards helping us to reach our goals which include establishing a sound healing research lab. Your contributions are tax deductible in the United States.

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