You Are Your Own Best Teacher (直心是道場) – Zen Word For Tattoo in Japanese Brush Stroke Kanji

A Zen word ‘You Are Your Own Best Teacher’ for your kanji tattoo design 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.

Style 1

Explanations and Interpretations

This Zen word has 5 kanjis, which are

  • 直 : direct, honest
  • 心 : mind, heart
  • 是 : is, equal
  • 道(way)場(place, room) : training room, dojo.

Putting all these kanji together, it means ‘your own(direct) and honest mind equals to your training room’

This Zen word reminds us that the best place to train yourself is within yourself. This term is coined from this story.

A person who aspires to be a practitioner asked Vimalakīrti ‘Where are you from?’ to which he replied ‘from the training room’. The practitioner then asked ‘Where is that training room?’ to which he replied this phrase (直心是道場).

It’s not easy to learn to be honest and not pretend to be something you’re not. That is why maintaining an honest mind/heart is truly a dojo(training room) where you can train yourself. A dojo is a place to practice the Way and you don’t necessarily need a building. If you have an honest heart, that place will be your dojo and you do not need a physical building to train yourself.

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 here to have 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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