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Offline loopix

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Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:46:20 pm »
Hello folks.

I have taken a picture of a monk, sporting swastika tattoos on his palms, and it cuts at just below / at his shoulders, making the hands and tattoos the main focus point of the picture.

I showed it to an ordained person, and was told "it was very bad karma" i asked why and was just told "because it is headless" and that was that, and this person seemed quite offended...

So: someone please tell, why is depicting monks without their heads such bad karma? It's just a photograph...(?) And in all modesty, a quite beatiful one  :/


Does anyone have an answer?



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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 11:48:45 pm »
also: it the swastika is an auspicious symbol, representing one of the 65 signs of buddhahood.... I am a bit baffled, but I dont mean in any way to cause any offence, so I want to figure out the reason; is it cultural, superstition, or is it actually well reasoned? I am a bit confused, and and the same time, on a somehwat of a "i should probobly drop the picture from my portfolio and business cards"-trip.


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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2018, 05:47:10 pm »
Ask your superstitious ordained friend; who appears to practice idolatry.

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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2018, 09:33:58 pm »
please elaborate...

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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2018, 11:01:00 am »
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« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 08:14:26 am by Lone Cypress »

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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2018, 08:55:13 am »
also: it the swastika is an auspicious symbol, representing one of the 65 signs of buddhahood.... I am a bit baffled, but I dont mean in any way to cause any offence, so I want to figure out the reason; is it cultural, superstition, or is it actually well reasoned?

Sawastika?  Well reasoned?  The use of the symbol is ancient.  Very ancient.  It's used by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and even Native Americans employ the device.  It doesn't have to be well-reasoned.  As a symbol, it's employed to represent a larger concept or idea.  The idea or concept may or may not be well-reasoned, but that has nothing to do with the symbol employed.

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Re: Depicting monks with heads outside photo: Bad karma?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2019, 02:39:31 am »
OK, so I'm a year late replying.  Japanese Buddhists who were not favored by the Rulers, were often executed by beheading for the "crime of blasphemy".  Nichiren Shonin was almost relieved of his head in that way.

Maybe said "ordained persona" took offense at the symbolic "beheading" of said svastika-sporting monk?

If so, said "ordained person" has his head up his rectum, resulting in the disorder of rectal myopia.

I recently saw a video on a Pure Land temple website of a monk demonstrating the somewhat complicated use of their prayer beads their.  For most of the video, the camera focused on his hands.  Without so "beheading him" to show his hands closely, the intention of the video wouldn't have been fulfilled.  I'm sure he wasn't offended.

As for the Svastika, Chaz's comment is absolutely right-on.
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