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Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby stickywater » Tue May 10, 2011 7:26 am

I am just looking to get some knowledge and opinions on the sinhala and siddham scripts. I am going to get a tattoo with the Pali mantra/chant "May all beings be well." I am debating between these two scripts. Now from what I understand, Sinhala was the original Pali script...and since I am part Thai(Theravada School), the Sinhala script would be perfect. But I also like the way the Siddham script looks, and i understand it is used more for Sanskrit. The Siddham script is much bolder and has less characters for this mantra, so it flows nicely with the rest of the tattoo. So all that being said, let me also mention this...i am going to do what i feel is right in my mind for this, but i just would like to be as educated as i can be before i make my decision. Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby daverupa » Tue May 10, 2011 8:23 am

Isn't it simply an artistic decision?
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby vinodh » Tue May 10, 2011 8:45 am

Better in Thai :-)

สพฺเพ สตฺตา สุขิ โหนฺตุ
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Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby stickywater » Tue May 10, 2011 8:51 am

yes it is an artistic decision for sure. i am just realizing this as i have been searching through the Pali sub forum. and the Thai is nice, something to think about...but i already have some Thai script tattooed. thank you for your input!
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby daverupa » Tue May 10, 2011 8:54 am

Just watch out for unscrupulous tattoo artists with a knowledge of ancient scripts who might make a joke of writing "Brahma is my Atta" or something.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby stickywater » Tue May 10, 2011 9:00 am

no this is a good friend of mine, great artist also. and i am the one doing all the research. he is just giving me the artistic point of view
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby vinodh » Tue May 10, 2011 3:37 pm

Personally.. I love Siddham..

But since you are looking for a possible Theravada touch.. Khmer is also a good choice.. you might want to think about that..

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Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby stickywater » Tue May 10, 2011 7:15 pm

Well its nice to have so many options! I will most likely use a few different scripts to transiliterate other Pali mantras, chants, or phrases elsewhere on my body. But for this piece in particular, the Siddham script will cap of a sleeve nicely on the wrist. It just fits perfectly. I can use the Khmer, Thai, and Sinhalese text for other pieces.
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 10, 2011 9:00 pm

Any of those scripts would look nice. I personally prefer Brahmi, for its historical significance.
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby amcgar2 » Tue May 10, 2011 11:01 pm

I have the word Metta written in Pali: मेत्ता but am interested in seeing it written in other Pali scripts. Please let me know if anyone can help.

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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby vinodh » Wed May 11, 2011 5:13 am

मेत्ता

Thai : เมตฺตา

Sinhala : මේත්තා

Khmer : មេត្តា

If you need the Brahmi equivalent let me know.

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Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 21, 2011 3:12 pm

A site referring to the various scripts:

http://www.visiblemantra.org/scripts.html
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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby halaha » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:01 pm

Please allow me to correct the Pali word metta written in Sinhala It should be මෙත්තා

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Re: Sinhala and Siddham scripts

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:14 pm

stickywater wrote:Well its nice to have so many options! I will most likely use a few different scripts to transiliterate other Pali mantras, chants, or phrases elsewhere on my body. But for this piece in particular, the Siddham script will cap of a sleeve nicely on the wrist. It just fits perfectly. I can use the Khmer, Thai, and Sinhalese text for other pieces.
If you do not have a copy of of it, I would recommend John Stevens' SACRED CALLIGRAPHY OF THE EAST.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... &x=44&y=20

It has the Siddham alphabet explained in detail.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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