The Ten Vows of Minyan
At the heart of our spiritual practice, in Minyan. These Ten Vows and Ten Practices are a practical companion to Creation Spirituality. The Middle Way teaches us the path to walk, the Ten Vows light the Way, and the Ten Practices empower us to walk.
These Vows are in Rabbi Rami Shapiro's book Minyan. They should be remembered daily, and recited often. Hold them close to your mind and learn from their deep truths.
Rabbi Shapiro published the following short versions of the vows on his blog (here). I will be using these short versions in my commentary, but I recommend reading the long versions from the Book, especially on New Moons. They are much more elaborate and explain the practices very well.
Aware of the suffering caused by bondage and enslavement to ideas, institutions, people, and things, I vow to free myself from all blindness and captivity, both material and spiritual.
Aware of the suffering caused by gods created in our own image for our own profit, I vow to recognize all ideas about God as products of human beings, bound by history and circumstance, and forever incapable of defining the Reality Beyond Naming.
Aware of the suffering caused by the misuse of God and religion in the quest of power, I vow to liberate myself from all ideologies that demonize others, and to honor only those teachings that uphold the freedom and dignity of woman, man, and nature.
Aware of the suffering caused by slavish attachment to work, consumption, and technology, I vow to set aside the Sabbath as a day of personal freedom, creativity, and play.
Aware of the suffering caused by old age, I vow to care for my parents to the best of my ability and to promote the dignity and well-being of all elderly people.
Aware of the suffering caused by the wanton destruction of life, I vow to cultivate respect and gentleness toward all beings.
Aware of the suffering caused by sexual irresponsibility, I vow to honor human sexuality and never degrade it through violence, ignorance, selfishness, or deceit.
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, injustice, theft, and oppression, I vow to respect the property of others, to work for the just sharing of resources, and to cultivate generosity in myself and my community.
Aware of the suffering caused by harmful speech, I vow to speak truthfully and with compassion, to avoid gossip and slander, and to refrain from uttering words that cause needless division or discord.
Aware of the suffering caused by endless desire, I vow to live simply and avoid debt, to enjoy what I have before seeking to have more, and to honestly and justly labor for what I desire.