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Buddhism Body Art Project: Lotus and Dharma Wheels

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The Buddhism Body Art Project is a gallery of Buddhist-themed tattoos sent in by About.com readers and others.
Dharma Wheels and a Lotus

Two of the Eight Auspicious Symbols -- Dharma Wheels and a lotus. The hands and feet belong to Ali Muelas, who designed these tattoos.

Owner: Ali Muelas. Photographer: Andrea Wall

The lotus is rooted in deep mud, but the blossom and opens in the sun, beautiful and fragrant. In Buddhism, the lotus represents the true nature of beings, who rise through samsara into the beauty and clarity of enlightenment.

The eight spokes of the Dharma Wheel represent the Eightfold Path. According to tradition, the Dharma Wheel was first turned when the Buddha delivered his first sermon after his enlightenment.

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