Yes, this gong comes with a mallet.
Rim is approximately 5 inches in depth. Bell sticks out about 2.5 inches
The Trung Sisters Gong is made in Vietnam by workers skilled in Bronze.
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.
Below are some discussions of questions related to this issue with the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk
Thich Nhat Hanh when he address officials in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2005.
A Question of Superstition
Worshipping the ancestors is very good for our country. But when people make an offering and then make a prayer asking for something, it’s a kind of exchange: if I make an offering, then you will give me something. That is 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 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.