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@Nave650 indeed, I wasn't chastising, simply asking. The same way I'd ask one of my kids (not that I'd think you to be one of my kids, lol) why they made a choice to do or say something. Just in an effort to consider thinking about it, because I find it to be helpful for myself to do so.
My sister has probably 15 tattoos. I love all of them, they each tell a story that I never tire of hearing about. My favorite of hers is the stitched (like with a needle and thread) outline of a heart, indicating she wears her heart on her sleeve.
This is my tattoo I got in Hawaii. My husband got his first tattoo as well and my sister her 15th. It probably seems a bit cliched, but the sea turtle is because that was one of our best memories of the trip, watching them swim and surf in the waves. And because despite its cliche-ness, the yin-yang symbol of balance has always been important to me. Finding balance has been something I have been working on since I was a teen.
I have a set of bear paw prints on my forearm, a Columbine flower on my back between my shoulder blades and a tribal lizard on my neck. I also have an awful cross on my ankle, which will be part of a cover up with the Lotus tattoo that will be next on my list. I did that with a safety pin and a bottle of ink I stole from art class when I was 14. I didn't think it would work, The velveteen rabbit will also be coming up soon.
@Kerome LOL probably not, but I guess I don't care. I know some gnarly old tattooed people and it's just more story-fodder and interesting notes to talk to them about. If I live long enough to be really wrinkled, then I will be grateful for so many stories to share about what my tattoos mean to me.
@Vastmind I wondered too and it wasn't easy to find an answer! I finally was led to this via a few threads on another forum (this is on accesstoinsight)
The name of the Atthaka (Octets) derives from the fact that the first four poems in the set — three of which contain the word atthaka in their titles — are composed of eight verses. From this fact, some scholars have argued that these four poems constitute the original collection, and that the other poems are later additions, but this is not necessarily the case. Many of the vaggas (chapters) in the discourse and Vinaya collections are named after the first few members of the chapter, even though the remaining members may contain material that differs radically from what would be suggested by the title of the chapter.
@Dakini I find it interesting how much information can be packed into just a few lines. I wish I had that gift So far, for me (I am in the same place as you, I don't want to read too far ahead), it is a refreshing return to the ideas that brought me to Buddhism to start. I am not a big sutra reading person, but the whole line of this teaching just really "speaks" to me right now. It is funny how small it is to get everyone so excited!
@Lionduck I suppose it depends on how you determine something matters. In the Grand Scheme, of course not. But in our daily lives here, I think it does. Being respectful and attempting to not offend people (when you know it's reasonable that they might be offended) is important, I think. And part of Right Speech. I said the same thing after the shootings at the news office over the Mohammed drawings. Of course nothing justifies the killing of people. But, to purposely inflame people isn't skillful, either. To claim "fun" while using knowingly offensive images and words isn't skillful. It might fly under Free Speech. But Right Speech has higher ideals, I think. Finding the line might not always be easy. It's easy to say "Well, they shouldn't be so attached to things like images of Mohammed" but that is putting our religion on them the same way we don't like when others do to us. We don't get to determine what people should or shouldn't do.
Disclaimer: I am not talking about going overboard with safe spaces and so on. I'm talking about being reasonable and making an effort to be aware of the people you share the world with and being kind to them with your words. Rather than making fun of something they hold dear.