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i'm just another nancy boy (lux7) wrote in buddhists,
@ 2003-06-04 12:43:00
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    i have a question, and i have not been able to find the answer in any of the books i have read.. what is the buddhist veiw on tattoos?
    thankyou for helping.



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jredmont
2003-06-04 15:31 (link)
I'm fairly certain it's fine to have a tattoo. Especially since Buddhists believe the body to be v. insignificant, if annoying.

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miss_farmer
2003-06-04 17:52 (link)
Looky - Buddhist monks tattoo young men at the annual tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra, a Buddhist temple 36 miles from Bangkok.

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I should point out that you are talking about Thailand...
neko0
2003-08-19 01:15 (link)
Not all countries and not even all branches of Mahayana can ever agree on things. In Japan and China (and I think Tibet and Nepal too) tattoos are typically frowned upon by Buddhist clergy. Japan may be more secular (because tattoos are popular among the yakuza), but I think Vajrayana frowns upon it because of the idea that Nirvana is achievable in this life, so the body must be the superior body of the Buddha.
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ka_crow
2003-07-04 11:07 (link)
John Daido Loori-roshi, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, has several tattoos.

I have this, which is no longer swollen -- the photo was taken immediately after completion. (My actual favorite mantra is "gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha," but I'm having trouble figuring out how to make this a design! I originally thought of a continuous thigh band of Devanagaari, but to read the entire thing, then you'd have to have your head where only my husband gets to put his....)u

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(Anonymous)
2003-07-19 01:50 (link)
hi i'm trying to research this subject to, with mixed results, negative mostly i presume from those that don"t like tattoos anyway and positive from others, its certainly seems to be a normal western expression of our beliefs for some of us to get it etched on our bodys, In that i was planning on getting the same mantra you mentioned as the end of a sleeve of all buddhist symbols just below my right elbow. the only other thing i would say is that i once met a guy in asia that had a religious (thai) tattoo on his thigh, but was then told by a monk that they should only be above the waist line.

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