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Buddhist Wedding Vows

Wedding vows are very significant part of the wedding ceremony. It offers you an opportunity to share your feelings and emotions for each other. The couple would promise each other a lifelong commitment with the help of this vow. There are many different varieties of wedding vows that are available. You can select the best one among them and use it for your wedding ceremony.

Majority of the couples go in for a traditional wedding ceremony vow. This decision is a very personalized one and the couple has to discuss with each other and decide. Wedding ceremonies give more pleasure to some people when performed in a traditional style. If you are too going for a traditional Buddhist wedding and looking for Buddhist wedding vows, here we have collected some for you. These wedding vows are ideal and simple.

Buddhists are not very specific about rituals and procedures for conducting a marriage. Buddhism gives liberty to the couple to select their own wedding vows. You can write vows for yourself or get it written by someone as well. Presenting a wedding vow to your dear one for his or her wedding is also a great idea.

There are many websites which provide information about the different styles of writing a Buddhist wedding vows. You can even go through the different samples of Buddhist wedding vows that are on various online sites or from books which can be used for the ceremony.

They would offer you sample vows which can be either used for the wedding or can be used as a reference material to write your own vow. You can even take up a wedding vow inspired from a movie or the one that your relatives have used.

You can even take the assistance of the wedding planner or friends to write your wedding vow. While writing the wedding vow on your own, you have to be very particular about the wordings used in it. Proof read the vow as many times as possible. Read it aloud to indentify the mistakes in it and then correct it before using it on the final wedding ceremony. You should also check out whether the vow would be understandable to all the people around and provide the desired meaning.

You can even use your own ideas and include some very interesting or intimate facets of your relationship with each other in the vow.

Here are some examples of famous Buddhist wedding vows. You can get an idea to create your own after reading this or you can use these ones by inserting the names.

Priest Says: Name 1 and name 2, are happy today not just because they can share the joy of their love for one other before their family and friends, but also because they have the opportunity to put across their ambitions for the future. (Name) and (Name) do you promise to help each other in developing your hearts and minds, generosity, cultivating concern, morals, patience, zeal, focus and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?

The Couple: "We do"

Priest Says: Recognizing that the external conditions of life will not always be smooth and favorable and because of that, internally your own minds and emotions may sometimes be stuck in lack of enthusiasm. Do you vow to see all these conditions as a challenge to help you grow, to open your hearts, to accept yourselves, and each other; and to generate concern for others who are suffering. Do you promise to avoid becoming closed, narrow or opinionated and promise to help one other in seeing the positive side of the situation with a courageous attitude?

Couple Says: "We do"

Priest Says: Understanding that just as we are an unknown to ourselves, each other of us is also a mystery to us. Do you undertake to look for understanding yourselves, each other, and all the living beings around you, to examine your own minds and mental strength continually and to regard all the mysteries of life with curiosity and joy?

Couple Says: "We do"

Priest Says: Do you pledge to care for and enrich your affection for each other, and to share it with all beings? To take the loving feelings you have for one another and your vision of each other's potential and inner beauty as an example and rather than spiraling inwards and becoming self-absorbed, to radiate this love outwards to all beings?

Couple Says: "We do"

Buddhist weddings are mostly influenced with the religion and culture of the area and country. You can also try the famous vows of your country. The Buddhist wedding vows given above are just few examples for you.

The details mentioned here will surely help you to select or even write a Buddhist wedding vow for your ceremony.

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