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Post by Tattoo » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:58 am

I currently studies Taoism, but I still considers Buddhist's teaching a very important part of my life and really made me who I am today. It also probably really helped me get through life when I was at a very tough position in high school.

So... I'm consider getting a half sleeve done. I'd like to include few Buddhism symbols such as spoked wheel, foot print, or something like that tattooed on me along with Taoism symbol as well.

Would this be offend toward Buddhism at all? Because I really don't want to offend something that really mean a lot to me and helped me through some of very tough time so much.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Tattoo?

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:00 am

Greetings Tattoo,

I don't know of any mentions of tattoos in the suttas, so to that extent there's no "official policy" on tattoos.

Personally, I think as long as your intentions are wholesome, then it's fine.

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Re: Tattoo?

Post by cooran » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:17 am

Hello Tattoo,

Two previous discussions here on this topic:

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Re: Tattoo?

Post by VeganLiz » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:28 am

So you're not a practicing Buddhist and you want to know if it might be disrespectful for you to get a tattoo of a Buddhist symbol? I wouldn't say so. There are different symbols which really have a nice meaning behind the lotus, for instance. If anything it's respectful to different aspects of it, I'm my opinion.
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Re: Tattoo?

Post by Tattoo » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:51 am

Thanks for all helps. I appreciate it.

Well so it is ok to combine the symbols with Taoism symbol (yin yang) as well?

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Re: Tattoo?

Post by Tattoo » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:59 am

Oh! Should I be worried about getting certain Buddhism symbols such as Buddha's eyes, endless knot, etc... Since I know I don't live up to the expectation and don't feel like it is right for me to wear such symbol.

The reason I'm asking this is because eventhough I'm not a Buddhist, I still don't want a tattoo of a symbols that is suppose to mean something that I am not. So if I get a tattoo that is suppose to symbolize something, I want to be able to live up to whatever it mean otherwise I would feel like a hypocrite.
But at same time I know Buddhism aren't into materials. So that kinda leave me in a confusing position.

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Re: Tattoo?

Post by Euclid » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:16 am

I think Retro is correct in saying that your intention is what is most important, rather than worrying about being offensive.

Although, if I may play devil's advocate, rather than honouring the Buddhadhamma by getting an external tattoo, perhaps it would be more worthwhile to honour the Buddhadhamma by internally walking the path? Just a thought. :anjali:

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