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Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

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Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Demarous » Sat May 02, 2009 2:29 pm

I am now following the Buddhist path, and have thought about the possibility of becoming a Monk. I have Tattoos from years ago and wonder what the thoughts of tattoos are within Monks as i know that personal adornment is a problem?!!
Does anyone know? What are your opinions? Does it, or should it matter?
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Dhammanando » Sat May 02, 2009 2:47 pm

Tattoos are only an impediment to receiving ordination if one was marked with them as a punishment for a crime.

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

Postby Demarous » Sat May 02, 2009 3:09 pm

Thats good, wouldn't want something i did in my youth holding me back! Thank you.

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

Postby Mexicali » Sat May 02, 2009 4:57 pm

Now that bhante has answered, I'm going to go off topic a bit....

Just as a personal preference, I'm not a fan of the "dharma" tattoos that seem to be getting more popular with Buddhists my own age. I understand that there's no explicit instruction not to do it in most traditions, but it seems like such an unwise use of resources, unnecessary harm to one's own body, and affected. Then again, I'm just not a fan of "hip" Buddhism in general.

Obviously, I'm not referring to people who already have tattoos, so no offense demarous. If you plan to become a monk, you wouldn't be the first heavily tattooed one. Hope it works out for you if it's the path you choose!
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Postby puthujjana » Sat May 02, 2009 5:52 pm

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

Postby Individual » Sat May 02, 2009 7:11 pm

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

Postby Demarous » Sat May 02, 2009 7:26 pm

I would have thought in this case it would probably be wise to get them covered up with a non offensive tattoo, Can't imagine a swastica on the forhead not offending anyone!!! You're right though, if they were offensive, not that my ones are, but if they were, would that become a problem??? :thinking:
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Fede » Sat May 02, 2009 8:30 pm

You do know that a swastika is an ancient Buddhist symbol?

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/s ... astika.htm
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby Demarous » Sat May 02, 2009 8:33 pm

I Was not aware of that........so.....i guess it wouldn't be so bad!!!! :smile:
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Re: Tattoos in Buddhism, Acceptable or not???

Postby BlackBird » Sat May 02, 2009 10:48 pm

Some places you go have paintings adorning their walls, similar in nature is it not?

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

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

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

Postby Cittasanto » Sun May 03, 2009 8:06 am

I personally have 2 tattoos and am going to get another to complete the arm (my avatar is the next tattoo) people can make mistakes and get gang marks and racist symbols etc then realise there mistakes so they can either have them covered up or removed, but some will keep them as a reminder of past mistakes as a means of remembering lessons learnt.

ps the symbol in the middle of my avatar means where ever you throw me I shall stand and is the three legs of mann (Manx triskelion) which is on my national flag, and coat of arms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man


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

Postby Fede » Sun May 03, 2009 9:53 am

"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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

Postby Individual » Sun May 03, 2009 5:07 pm

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

Postby Mexicali » Sun May 03, 2009 6:39 pm

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

Postby Fede » Sun May 03, 2009 6:53 pm

"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun May 03, 2009 7:08 pm

many many things are a waste of resources, tattoos probably being the most insignifigant of all, ranked right under questioning their merit or lack there of.
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