LOOK: Arnold Van Opstal shows off intricate and meaningful new tattoo
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2017 11:32 PM
AVO's meaningful, albeit daring tattoo is evidence of his positive way of thinking.
Former De La Salle standout and current San Miguel rookie Arnold Van Opstal may not be seeing much action in the PBA, but from the way he’s carrying himself, it looks like he’s striding along life just fine.
While some players would focus on the negativity of not being able to play, Van Opstal seems to have adapted a healthy way of thinking, borrowing from the tenets of buddhism to see the positivity of playing for the PBA’s premier franchices.
His philosophy is no more evident in his new tattoo:
"The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity. We should learn to see everyday life as a mandala - the luminous fringes of experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being. Therefore we should be natural and spontaneous, accepting and learning from everything. This enables us to see the ironic and amusing side of events that usually irritate us." - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche #newtattoo
The intricate, mandala-inspired design lends to the spiritual symbol that represents the universe in Buddhism, topped off by the inclusion of his jersey number 7.
Van Opstal’s caption to the Instagram post is no less philosophical, quoting from one of the high names in Tibetan Buddhism.