Tibetan Buddhist OM

Lotus Tattoo DesignTattoos are more than just decorative and Tibetan tattoos are as deeply spiritual as they are beautiful. Many Tibetan tattoos feature the symbol of the lotus flower and Tibetan writing of various sayings or mantra. For some, tattoos become a visual testimony of the teachings of Buddha.

The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is a powerful symbol for the Buddhists and among the most common of Buddhist art tattoos. The lotus flower rises from the marsh and swamp to finally open its bloom at the water's surface. This powerful symbol represents the spiritual awakening that is found once we reach past all of the distraction and temptation of the physical world.

The lotus flower is often used in a Tibetan tattoo design to show the spiritual development of the wearer or to remind the wearer of what they hope to achieve. It is often used with the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum to show spiritual growth. Some will focus on one part of the Om Mani Padme Hum and have it added to the lotus flower tattoo after great meditation, contemplation, and understanding of the virtue they are trying to invoke.

Tibetan Tattoo TranslationThe lotus flower has different meanings depending on how it is drawn and the colors used. The blossom is considered a symbol of purity, the color symbolizes a purity of a specific nature:

  • Pink blossoms are used to represent the purity of Buddha himself. Tattoos of this nature will remind people what they hope to achieve.
  • White blossoms show the purity of the mind and body.
  • Red blossoms may show the purity of emotion or the heart.
  • Blue can represent the purity wisdom and the mastery over physical desire and longing.

Just as important as the color is the stage that the bloom depicted:

  • An unopened bloom would symbolize the potential the individual has. A reminder of what virtue they seek to enlightenment.
  • An opened blossom would represent the achievement of enlightenment.

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Tibetan "Sanskrit" Tattoos

Many people are looking for Tibetan "Sanskrit" tattoos, but there is no such thing as Tibetan Sanskrit, both terms refer to a different language.

Sanskrit is an old language, the language of the classic literature of India (Vedas...). Sanskrit is a cultural language and was used by the elite, a bit like Latin in the West.

Sanskrit text looks like this:

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Tibetan on the other hand is the every-day language of the Tibetan people. Tibetan grammar is based on Sanskrit grammar and the Tibetan script is based on Devanagari, the script also used by Sanskrit and Hindi. But there the similarities with Sanskrit stop.

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