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The Buddhist belief is that the couple make a pledge to a greater Truth. Buddhism allows each couple to decide for themselves all the issues pertaining to marriage.

The couple together can create their own marriage vows and promises and make a pledge to a greater Truth rather than to eachother, based on Buddhist scriptures.

The vows are usually silently read.

Traditional Buddhist prayer

Today we promise to dedicate ourselves completely to each other, with body, speech, and mind.

In this life, in every situation, in wealth or poverty, in health or sickness, in happiness or difficulty, we will work to help each other perfectly.

The purpose of our relationship will be to attain enlightenment by perfecting our kindness and compassion toward all sentient beings.

Lama Thubten Yeshe
December 1979

Example of Vows

________ and ________, are happy today not only because they can share the joy of their love for each other with friends and family, but also because they have the opportunity to express their aspirations for the future.

________ and ________, do you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration 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?

We do

Buddhist Exchange of Rings

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in partnership.

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