looking for a good image of a broken gong

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looking for a good image of a broken gong

Post by salayatananirodha »

i am thinking about getting a tattoo, on the inside of my wrist, so i can look at it and be reminded of the simile of the gong from the dhammapada:
https://obo.genaud.net/dhamma-vinaya/ati/kd/dhp/dhp.10.than.ati.htm wrote:Speak harshly to no one,
or the words will be thrown
right back at you.
Contentious talk is painful,
for you get struck by rods in return.
If, like a flattened metal pot
you don't resound,
you've attained an Unbinding;
in you there's found
no contention.
altho actually it looks like the word means a flattened metal pot, https://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book ... 84359.html
i originally remember this being translated as a broken gong. that simile sticks with me more than a flattened metal pot.

i want it to be clear what the tattoo is and not have to explain what it is, but i'd be okay with explaining why i got it/what it represents.
if i see it then i'll be able to remember this simile when i need it
16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta

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Re: looking for a good image of a broken gong

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Do you really need a tattoo? Will it do anything to shut the chattering mind, and guard your speech?

Just meditate more, and seek out good friends who enjoy silence.
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Re: looking for a good image of a broken gong

Post by sunnat »

Years ago I came across a photo of a very large cracked Burmese temple bell ( the type shaped like a front silhouette of a seated Buddha ) leaning up against a wall in a room.

Can’t find it now.
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