Contentment (吾唯足知) – Zen Word For Tattoo in Japanese Brush Stroke Kanji

A Zen quote ‘Contentment’ for your kanji tattoo is available for an instant download and you have 5 different kanji calligraphy styles to choose from. Your favourite tattoo artist DOES NOT need to know any Japanese.

In Zen, ‘this contentment’ is not just being satisfied with something, there’s more to it.

Explanations and Interpretations

This Zen quote has 4 Kanjis and they are

  • 吾 : I, self
  • 唯 : only, simply, solely, merely
  • 知 : wisdom, to know
  • 足 : to be sufficient

Putting these symbols together, it is 吾唯足知 and means that

I simply know that what I have is sufficient. That’s why I do not get frustrated with unfulfilled desire, I am satisfied with my lot because there’s no end to the things you can desire.

By accepting your current situation as is, you will be free from the feeling of dissatisfaction and your mind can remain peaceful.

At Ryoanji (龍安寺) in Kyoto, there is a famous tsukubai (water basin), known as ‘Chisoku(知足) no Tsukubai’

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This tsukubai has a square basin that represents a particle used to complete the four Kanji characters on each side of it.  Reading the kanji with the “□” included each gives you “ware tada taruwo shiru”.  It means, “I only learn to be content”, or “I am content with what I am”.

Discover Kyoto

There are three other variations to this zen quote, which are

  • 足るを知る (used more in conversation)
  • 知足
  • 吾唯知足  (Carved on Tsukubai at Ryoanji in Kyoto)

I got an idea for a tattoo design from that Tsukubai. The layout is so full of wit that it galvanised me to make a tattoo design when I found out the concept of it.

For this design, click here.

Instant Download

You can download the file right after the purchase and no need to wait for me to send it to you. Then you just simply forward it to your favourite tattoo artist. The design is 100% accurate and he/she does not need to know any Japanese.

The file contains both calligraphy style and line art (Stencil).Stencil is what your tattoo artist must have to ink the tattoo, as it serves as the outline to trace the artwork onto your skin.

NOTE : the design DOSE NOT NEED TO BE MIRRORED, meaning it should appear on your skin/object just as it appears on the paper.

Depending on your purpose,  pick either jpeg or pdf

If you are looking to use the design just as it appears and not wanting to resize it, then the “jpeg” should be fine.

But if you are looking to

  • use it on a large object and need to resize
  • change the layout / position
    (e.g, vertical▶️horizontal / angled,  etc)

then the “pdf” should be your choice as it will be less work for your tattoo artist, meaning costs less.
(You need to check with your tattoo artist though)

Click the link below for more information.

▶️ pdf or jpg ? Which one is right for me?

5 different styles

You have 5 writing styles to choose from for this design.

each style gives different impressions and I have summarised in the gallery above.

How to order

Just simply tick your preferred style and add it to the cart.

Click the image below to take a closer look at them

If you are not sure, please read through the page below or simply contact me.

▶️Purchasing process


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