Recommended readings at a wedding

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Recommended readings at a wedding

Postby cddesjar » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:36 am

Hi,
I would like to have a reading from a sutra at my wedding and I'm curious if anyone had any good recommendations of a sutra or a part within a sutra that would be especially good for a wedding?
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Re: Recommended readings at a wedding

Postby plwk » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:47 am

Take your pick...
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html
"And how, young householder, does a noble disciple cover the six quarters?
"The following should be looked upon as the six quarters.
The parents should be looked upon as the East, teachers as the South, wife and children as the West, friends and associates as the North, servants and employees as the Nadir, ascetics and brahmans as the Zenith.
"In five ways, young householder, should a wife as the West be ministered to by a husband:
(i) by being courteous to her,
(ii) by not despising her,
(iii) by being faithful to her,
(iv) by handing over authority to her,
(v) by providing her with adornments.

"The wife thus ministered to as the West by her husband shows her compassion to her husband in five ways:
(i) she performs her duties well,
(ii) she is hospitable to relations and attendants
(iii) she is faithful,
(iv) she protects what he brings,
(v) she is skilled and industrious in discharging her duties.

"In these five ways does the wife show her compassion to her husband who ministers to her as the West.
Thus is the West covered by him and made safe and secure.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
As they were sitting there, Nakula's father said to the Blessed One:
"Lord, ever since Nakula's mother as a young girl was brought to me [to be my wife] when I was just a young boy, I am not conscious of being unfaithful to her even in mind, much less in body. We want to see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come."

And Nakula's mother said to the Blessed One:
"Lord, ever since I as a young girl was brought to Nakula's father [to be his wife] when he was just a young boy, I am not conscious of being unfaithful to him even in mind, much less in body. We want to see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come."

[The Blessed One said:]
"If both husband & wife want to see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come, they should be in tune [with each other] in conviction, in tune in virtue, in tune in generosity, and in tune in discernment. Then they will see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come."

Husband & wife,
both of them having conviction,
being responsive,
being restrained,
living by the Dhamma,
addressing each other with loving words:
they benefit in manifold ways.
To them comes bliss.
Their enemies are dejected when both are in tune in virtue.
Having followed the Dhamma here in this world,
both in tune in precepts & practices,
they delight in the world of the devas,
enjoying the pleasures they desire.

Another: Pathama-samvasa Sutta

Addendum: A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective
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