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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thai Buddhist Monk: The Hands of Change.

Those tattooed and weathered hands and arms have seen a lot of change and yet they are still relaxed. They are a testament that the Buddha's teachings stand the test of time. The tattoos speak of the wisdom his body has absorbed from a lifetime of practicing the Dharma. If those hands could talk, I'm sure they'd have quite an inspiring story to tell!!


~I bow the Buddha within all beings~

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11 comments:

Cathy Ginter said...

Beautiful ~

Jeff said...

Very cool picture, thanks for sharing it. I can't read the tattoos. But usually, when monks get tattoos like that they are magic spells derived from the Buddhist scriptures (known as paritta), which are inscribed on the body in order to serve as protective wards against harm by spirits, demons, wild animals, etc. They are also used for Buddhist faith-healing. I assume that is what these tattoos represent. They are pretty common in Southeast Asia. I bet that monk would have some interesting stories to tell.

Monique Liddle said...

I read similar words in different forms in sacred texts from major religions. The words we read and speak are only part of what we are meant to do on this earth. We are embodied beings and, therefore, must act upon the written and vocalized words from within us and what we speak. Without the action to support the words, the words remain incomlete.

*Inspire566* said...

Beautiful interpretation on these wise hands.

Catalina Piedrahita said...

Even though buddhism has always been a subject of interest, only this semester did I enroll in a philosophy of the Tibet course and Social Work with Tibetan Refugees. I now understand the wrinkles and the memories on the hands on the monk and have become more vulnerable to the never-ending Chinese oppression and Tibetans fatal efforts. Yet those hands remain open, cultivating tolerance and patience and hoping for a pivotal point in history.

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Matt said...

I wonder if the tattoos are meant to be the color blue?

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Hither and Yon said...

Beautiful photo, thank you for sharing. I wonder what the translation is...?

Hanzze said...

Actually this tattoos show for 95% that the monk has been a soldier before he used to ordinate.
This tattoos have less to do with Buddha Dhamma and are mostly brahmanic mantras for protection (given for people going for war). Its just a kind of folk tradition (originated in a kind of tantric theravada) and more over sadly often a business among people in robes.

How ever, every appearance of suffering and it's effects have a lot to teach and wounds are good reminders (how paradox!). They give us reasons to understand attachment and clinging to what ever it might be and that it is always linked with harming and suffering.

Why would somebody express a message of peace in a way that harms? He was just guided by hatred, greed and delusion and it's conditioned incredible fear.

Once I meet a monk who just had tried to delete his misdeeds (heroic tattoos) from the youth. Seeing his wounds on his arms I asked him: "Does it hurt?" He answered: "Of cause! But they are not proper any more." I spoke further: "So as you wanted it, it had hurt your self and now as you dislike it, it hurts again. That is why the Buddha taught, neither love nor hatred, like and dislike is the middle way."

Not able to decide if he should be happy or exercised about the statement, he then followed his ways.

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Miro said...

Amazing photo...Buddhism is very simple Science of techniques, yet very hard to follow for many. That's why it became regarded as philosophy. Buddhism is not really concerned about philosophy of things as much as the practice of the mind.

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