I'd like to have a Buddhist wedding. Any suggestions?
In the world of Theravada Buddhism marriage is regarded as a civil contract, not as a spiritual or religious union. Thus there is no standard Buddhist liturgy for marriage. You may simply include whatever texts or passages you and your spouse-to-be find inspiring.
A wedding is an excellent time to formally renew your commitment to both the Triple Gem and the five precepts. In Buddhist countries a couple might pay a visit to the local monastery shortly before or after their wedding to offer food to the monastic community, recite the refuges and precepts in a formal way, receive a little Dhamma instruction, and possibly receive a blessing or two from the monks. If such a visit isn't possible for you, you might put together your own refuges and precepts ceremony (use the formal ceremony as a guide). You might also consider reciting the "Five Subjects for Frequent Recollection," the Maha-mangala Sutta, or any other passages that inspire you.
meindzai wrote:[Nettiqute Deva forgive me my crosspost to Dhammawheel ]
My fincee and I decided we are going to have a very simple beach wedding, in Florida, sometime in August. In bare feet! No fancy big wedding dresses and brides maids and all that jazz. And though "Buddhist weddings" are a bit of a modern invention, she is open to having some Buddhist element to it. Anybody have any ideas, and is anybody here from Florida? I'm at a complete loss, since up until a couple of years ago I never thought I'd get married. lol
meindzai wrote:Additional (not crossposted) I posted here because I would be open to a Theravada or Mahayana (probably Zen) slant. Though this one I found happens to be Theravada. If anybody has info for this area I'd still appreciate it.
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