"When I forget my ways, I am in The Way"

Philosophical and experiential notes on Nothingness, with supporting insights from martial arts, quantum physics and Taoism


Vows

JOINING THE ORDER
There's no need to 'join' anything, of course, and certainly no need to say vows. 

And of course, I'll have no idea that you've joined the order. To be clear, this isn't a club, so unfortunately there's no patches or caps with catchy slogans. 


The vows are here to simply give a sense of perspective to an approach to living that's compatible with the spirit of living more calmly. The monastery welcomes anyone, regardless of age, gender, social status, national origin, past lives, or religious or political persuasions.

THE SIX VOWS OF THE ORDER
By joining the order, I (state your name) vow to daily do my best:
  1. To become more relaxed
  2. To keep a sense of humor as a top priority
  3. To keep my mind open, flexible, supple and limber 
  4. That I want my heart in the right place, even when it's not
  5. That I shall always strive for a higher perspective, even when it seems invisible or difficult to achieve
  6. That in a world that's gone crazy, I will Abide
THE 3 NOs OF THE MONASTERY
  1. No memorization required
  2. No membership fees
  3. No punishment if you mess up
CELIBACY
  1. You do not need to be celibate... unless you need to be.
THE MONASTIC VOWS OF SILENCE
  1. You do not need the permission of the abbot to take a vow of silence.
  2. You may take a vow of silence at anytime.
  3. Breaking the vow is strictly prohibited - unless you have something to say
Background on The Vow Master