Reasonable things to tattoo

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Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Tiago Simões » Mon May 14, 2018 6:56 pm

What dharma related things are acceptable to tattoo? Obviously Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are out.
I mean Mantras, auspicious symbols, Devas, Nagas, Garudas... Things like that.

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Motova » Mon May 14, 2018 8:01 pm

Why?
Malcolm wrote:
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The four means of converting beings to the Dharma are generosity (which itself as four aspects: giving material gifts, conferring fearlessness, loving kindness and teaching Dharma), pleasant speech, conduct and setting an example.

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Fortyeightvows » Mon May 14, 2018 8:08 pm

Don't do it

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Mantrik » Mon May 14, 2018 8:15 pm

Tiago Simões wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 6:56 pm
What dharma related things are acceptable to tattoo? Obviously Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are out.
I mean Mantras, auspicious symbols, Devas, Nagas, Garudas... Things like that.
Depends who sees them, depends on the vows you have taken and how interpreted, depends on advice from your Guru.

'Liberation through seeing' may apply to some images. Disclosing secret things to those unsuited to receive them may be another.

You'll get a spectrum of views here, but the only one which matters is that of your Guru.

My view? Have whatever you want as long as nobody else ever sees it.

Go to Thailand and get inked with a sharp stick and the rules are different of course.
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Tiago Simões » Mon May 14, 2018 8:40 pm

Motova wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 8:01 pm
Why?
Just curious, I never really read a satisfying answer to this question. Mantrik's answer seems to sum it up.

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Grigoris » Mon May 14, 2018 10:03 pm

I just had a tattoo of the Sanskrit alphabet and "ye dharma..." done. They are the sound and essence of all the Buddhas teachings and not "secret" so...
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by amanitamusc » Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am

Grigoris wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 10:03 pm
I just had a tattoo of the Sanskrit alphabet and "ye dharma..." done. They are the sound and essence of all the Buddhas teachings and not "secret" so...
Can we see?

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Tiago Simões » Tue May 15, 2018 8:10 am

Grigoris wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 10:03 pm
I just had a tattoo of the Sanskrit alphabet and "ye dharma..." done. They are the sound and essence of all the Buddhas teachings and not "secret" so...
Cool, I also thought about doing the ye dharma mantra, but in the lantsa script.

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Post by Fortyeightvows » Tue May 15, 2018 8:24 am

The above comment is a reminder that script and language are not the same.

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Tiago Simões » Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 am

I wonder how much, dislike of dharma related tattoos, is doctrinal and how much is cultural...

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Grigoris » Tue May 15, 2018 11:18 am

Tiago Simões wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 am
I wonder how much, dislike of dharma related tattoos, is doctrinal and how much is cultural...
Thai, Cambodian and Laotian people have a Dharma tattoo tradition.
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"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Ogyen » Wed May 16, 2018 12:03 am

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Nothing secret here, but it is my core practice (in case I have an accident and get amnesia). 7 line prayer, 100 syllable vajrasattva mantra, song of vajra and some symbolized items in my red seals - one is a stylized yabyum to NOT depict actual union, which is inappropriate, but to represent it, and the other is a double dorje, both enclosed in the 6 primordial syllables. I did NOT get a big Tibetan A, but I didn't think it necessary, as it's subsumed into every part of the script.

44 hours of work in which I really took it upon myself to understand the ephemeral illusory nature of sensation and its memory, as well, as impermanence. Very interesting experience of mind and matter, I learned a lot. There are various lines of thought from tattoos being totally not ok in dharma, to being totally part of cultural traditions. For me, it was a project that yielded very clear experiential insights.

Also the placement is easy to conceal in the corporate world I work in. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by amanitamusc » Wed May 16, 2018 2:47 am

Ogyen wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:03 am
Ogyen Tattoos.jpg

Nothing secret here, but it is my core practice (in case I have an accident and get amnesia). 7 line prayer, 100 syllable vajrasattva mantra, song of vajra and some symbolized items in my red seals - one is a stylized yabyum to NOT depict actual union, which is inappropriate, but to represent it, and the other is a double dorje, both enclosed in the 6 primordial syllables. I did NOT get a big Tibetan A, but I didn't think it necessary, as it's subsumed into every part of the script.

44 hours of work in which I really took it upon myself to understand the ephemeral illusory nature of sensation and its memory, as well, as impermanence. Very interesting experience of mind and matter, I learned a lot. There are various lines of thought from tattoos being totally not ok in dharma, to being totally part of cultural traditions. For me, it was a project that yielded very clear experiential insights.

Also the placement is easy to conceal in the corporate world I work in. :twothumbsup:
Wow! Very nice work and your choices of placement are great!

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Grigoris » Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm

amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?
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"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Ogyen » Wed May 16, 2018 3:36 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm
amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?

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Gorgeous. I love this.
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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Wicked Yeshe » Wed May 16, 2018 8:24 pm

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by amanitamusc » Wed May 16, 2018 9:09 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm
amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?

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Nice! It has a certain Thai look to it on the top?

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Grigoris » Wed May 16, 2018 9:16 pm

amanitamusc wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:09 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm
amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?

tattoo.jpg
Nice! It has a certain Thai look to it on the top?
Yes. Initially I was going to do "ye dharma" in Pali script but then I thought to add the sanskrit alphabet so I did them both in sanskrit with the Thai symbols of liberation above the text.
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Post by Kunga Lhadzom » Mon May 21, 2018 3:48 am

Ogyen wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:03 am
Ogyen Tattoos.jpg

Nothing secret here, but it is my core practice (in case I have an accident and get amnesia). 7 line prayer, 100 syllable vajrasattva mantra, song of vajra and some symbolized items in my red seals - one is a stylized yabyum to NOT depict actual union, which is inappropriate, but to represent it, and the other is a double dorje, both enclosed in the 6 primordial syllables. I did NOT get a big Tibetan A, but I didn't think it necessary, as it's subsumed into every part of the script.

44 hours of work in which I really took it upon myself to understand the ephemeral illusory nature of sensation and its memory, as well, as impermanence. Very interesting experience of mind and matter, I learned a lot. There are various lines of thought from tattoos being totally not ok in dharma, to being totally part of cultural traditions. For me, it was a project that yielded very clear experiential insights.

Also the placement is easy to conceal in the corporate world I work in. :twothumbsup:
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