Karma Jinpa wrote:Malcolm wrote:HH Dagchen Rinpoche used to have a Swastika tatooed on the back of his left hand above his thumb. When he arrived here in the US, people freaked out so he had it covered with a bird.
Would this happen to be HH Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche, the high lama in Sakya who consecrated the Tibet Tech prayer wheels?
Jikan wrote:Met a fellow just a few weeks back who had his Dharma name tattooed to his right arm. He said he did this on the occasion he took the bodhisattva vows.
Karma Jinpa wrote:Jikan wrote:Met a fellow just a few weeks back who had his Dharma name tattooed to his right arm. He said he did this on the occasion he took the bodhisattva vows.
This brings up something I hadn't really considered before, but which is worth asking.
Do practitioners of the Chinese & Japanese forms of Buddhism who get tattoos choose to get their ink in the traditional Hanzi & Kanji scripts? If so, unfortunately they're running the risk of being lumped in with all those who've no idea what their ink means but picked it because "it looked cool."
Personally, I'd never get something done in a script I can't read. And unless I'm behind the times, Tibetan scripts like U-chen aren't suffering from the same misuse by people trying to be trendy. There are a few places online which are actually quite specific in where it is appropriate to place their ink, and give you both the translation and a hi-res copy of the script to be tattooed to ensure that it's inked properly.
This one happens to be run by a calligrapher and former Karma Kagyu monk, Tashi Mannox: https://www.inkessential.com/
Karma Jinpa wrote:Any idea if he got these pre- or post-Chinese invasion, before or after going into exile? Not that it really matters, simply curious.
By the by, I've heard the eternal knot referred to as the Tibetan form of the swastika. Does anyone know if that is accurate, or is it just a bunch of hokum?
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