Jonathan Foust

January 11, 2009

Aspiration and Vows

Filed under: Dharma, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 10:42 pm

To what do you aspire?  If you had to declare the overall intention for your life, what would it be?

After many years living with a poverty vow and a simplicity vow I’ve since have been somewhat vow-phobic.  I’ve  held as an ideal the Sufis, who reportedly would take a vow of renunciation — then renounce that vow!

When Tara and I decided to get married she remarked that we needed to work on our vows.  This put me in a bit of a tight spot.  We talked a bit and realized pretty quickly our wedding was the perfect event to take the Bodhisattva vow.  The iteration we chose was this:

“May whatever arises serve the awakening of heart and mind and be of benefit to all beings.”

A few times in our relationship I’ve found myself reactive and grumpy, pulling back from Tara and I’ve remembered (after a while) my vow.  Something melts inside and I find myself more open to what is here and now.

Exchanging Vows

Exchanging Vows


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Jonathan,
    We haven’t met yet… however I have seen Tara a few times including this last Saturday with my husband. Is there any Buddhist Training or resources that you or Tara do specifically for couples? More later and I look forward to meeting you. By the way, I Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu when it was at Sumneytown in Pennsylvania with Samadarshan – maybe 25+ years ago before everything moved up to Massachusetts.
    Thanks and have a great trip!
    Robin Finch

    Comment by Robin Finch — January 21, 2009 @ 11:21 am

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