Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:47 am

Inkredible wrote:Yes I am New to the Path and am still learning with joy.
at the moment I have one tattoo which is off a Flame.
I plan on getting more but so far I decided they
will be of the other elements including Void.
would that cause a Issue?

Welcome to DW, Inkredible.
This is an old thread but if you read it from the beginning I think you will find your answer.

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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:05 pm

Inkredible wrote:Yes I am New to the Path and am still learning with joy.
at the moment I have one tattoo which is off a Flame.
I plan on getting more but so far I decided they
will be of the other elements including Void.
would that cause a Issue?

no, but there are 6elements in Theravada the great 4, consciousness and space.

the only time tattoos are an issue is if they are brandings as a punishment of law.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Inkredible » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:05 pm

Thank you for clearing up my concern. and Thank you as well for the welcome.
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Yana » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:10 am

Inkredible wrote:Yes I am New to the Path and am still learning with joy.
at the moment I have one tattoo which is off a Flame.
I plan on getting more but so far I decided they
will be of the other elements including Void.
would that cause a Issue?


Hi Inkredible,

Welcome to Dhammawheel,I think training the mind has got nothing to do with whether one has a tattoo or not. :anjali:
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Raksha » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:26 pm

I've heard of Westerners covering over small tattoos on their exposed arm during ordination with a large pink sticky plaster :smile:
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