A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Body art

A fair number of people, and this number is growing have body art. This includes tattoos, piercings, as well as other types. Some schools of Buddhism have tattoos that are done by Monks, as blessings or wards. Society depending on the culture may or may not approve or accept these forms of art. My believe is that if they were done with good intentions and with a clear mind, then we should accept them as part of the individual, the same as their hair color. If however the person who has them regrets them, as they were done while intoxicated, and they wish to remove them, that is their choice as well. If we love all other beings as we love ourselves, a tattoo, a piecing, or other form of body art, isn’t as important, as who the person is inside. If they have a tattoo, but are the most honest, most compassionate person you ever meet, is the tattoo really an issue? If  you don’t have body art by choice, give the person who has it, the same respect by accepting theirs. Granted I might have a problem looking at the tattooed name of a former lover on my spouse, but that would pass in time. After all it is a reminder of her past, not where she is now or how would it affect our future. Unless a person has taken the precepts to avoid jewellery, perfume and other adornments, they are free to choose. If we are comfortable in our own skin, then we can accept others as they are. I will point out I currently don’t have a tattoo, however I plan on getting a sak yant tattoo in the near future. This is one done by a Buddhist monk most commonly in Thailand, however it is becoming more popular within some Mahayana schools as well.

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Urban Studies

An online community of SFU Urban Studies students, alumni, and friends!

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

Sa-wat-dii From Thailand

Thoughts on the Peace Corps and Thailand

NorthThailand Blog

North Thailand photos and Travel destination information

Buddhist Art News

News on Buddhist art, architecture, archaeology, music, dance, and academia.

Nomadic Megan

Travel Blogger, Freelance Writer, TESOL Teacher & Professional Vagabond.

roselovesthailand

Just another WordPress.com site

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Walking with the Alligators

Speaking for those with no voice~

The Neighborhood

telling the story from every vantage point

Untangling the Tangles

Teja's blog on Everything that Concerns US

words of wisdom

words of wisdon, where we share our thoughts.

Vincent Desrus's Blog

Blog created to make people think about the world around them

Stories That Are All True

...and some of them actually happened.

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

Sharing stories, tips, life hacks, killer dishes I love to eat and more. Oh did i meantion FOOD!!

A happy organic vegetarian journey

Happiness. Healthy. Loving-Kindness.

The Horror Online

Horror With Humour

IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed

A Metaphysical Journey

LEANNE COLE - The Photographer's Mentor

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

Schelley Cassidy Photography

Home of What Is It?!? - A Project in Perspective

Hannah Sterry

Musician, cartoonist and UX Designer based in Plymouth, Devon.

most good least harm

Living compassionately, spending less and appreciating life.

The Heart of Awakening

Searching for the New Paradigm

rashmidevi.wordpress.com/

Metta Bhav Yoga & Thai Massage

moodsnmoments

where some moods and certain moments last a lifetime!!!

thesomz

by Pattaranida Lohakul

%d bloggers like this: