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Simple Buddhist Chant for Love & Awareness in Your Wedding Ceremony

Published Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 2022


Add this simple Buddhist chant to your wedding ceremony for a moment of loving awareness

 

 

 

A Buddhist wedding ceremony, much like a Buddhist marriage itself, is all about harmony, understanding, wholehearted awareness, and love. Wedding ceremonies celebrate what is, and what is to come in a couple’s life together.

 

Buddhist weddings in the U.S. blend the old and new together to seamlessly combine ancient traditions like chanting, meditation, and incense offerings, with contemporary readings, custom wedding vows, and epic dance battles. They are easily adapted to honor interfaith couples and their communities, because there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choices or set ways of celebrating.

 

Related: How to perform a Buddhist wedding & what guests can expect

 

It’s this flexibility to combine local customs, personal tastes, and traditions that give Buddhist ceremonies a timeless and harmonious quality.

 

The simple chant below has been recited by dedicated practitioners and devotees for centuries. It embodies the Buddhist principles of patience, compassion, understanding, friendship, community, awareness, and love – which form the foundations of a joyful and lasting marriage. 
 

 

Outdoor wedding ceremony, newlyweds smile and laugh in the distance as wedding guests toss confetti

Incense offerings can be added to indoor or outdoor ceremonies to bring a moment of loving awareness and mindfulness to the newlyweds and guests

 

 

 

Buddhist Wedding Chant: 

Traditional Incense Offering 

 

 

In gratitude, we offer this incense 
throughout space and time 
to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. 


May it be fragrant as Earth herself, 
reflecting careful efforts 
wholehearted awareness 
and the fruit of understanding  
slowly ripening.  


May we and all beings  
be companions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. 
May we awaken from forgetfulness 
and realize our true home.  

 

 

 

See the full wedding ceremony script : 

 

 

Hear a recording of this offering:

AMM Audio Articles · Wedding Incense Offering - Buddhist Chant for Wedding Ceremony


 

 

How to include this chant in your wedding ceremony: 

 

The wedding officiant sings or recites the chant at the start of the ceremony (the invocation), following the couple’s entrance (the procession) and three bells, as part of a traditional incense offering. 

 

After the officiant completes the incense offering and chant, they’ll read from Buddhist literature or another reading chosen by the couple. “The Discourse on Love” (translated by Thich Nhat Hanh) is a popular choice, but the couple can choose anything they like.

 

Next, the wedding officiant may say a few personal words on the nature of love and marriage, and their relationship with the couple, before moving on to the “I do’s” (the declaration of intent) and wedding vows. 

 

This chant is taken from a wedding officiant script written by Reverend Karla Johnston. Rev. Karla is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing Community of Engaged Buddhism and American Marriage Ministries.

 

 

 

 

See the full wedding ceremony script and outline in the AMM Ceremony Scripts Library here: 

 

 

 

Contemporary Buddhist Wedding Ceremony Script with Discourse on Love

 

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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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