FAQ

“This is the first time in over 15 years I have meditated on a regular basis.”

~Sara

What is VOW of NOW?

The VOW of NOW is a 30 day self-development program designed to help you establish the habit of daily meditation and gain greater peace of mind.

What do I need for the VOW of NOW?

YOU WILL NEED:

  • $20 to make your pledge
  • One person who knows you and can evaluate you after your 30 day VOW of NOW

How does the VOW of NOW work?

The VOW of NOW is a results-based program because the vow taker (presumably you) will be evaluated by a person you choose. It places the onus of responsibility on you to establish the habit of daily meditation and experience increased inner peace to an extent that even a person who knows you would notice a positive change.

The VOW of NOW goes like this:

  1. Pay the $20 pledge and follow the Zen Master’s instructions that are emailed to you
  2. Honour the vow you made by meditating 15 minutes every day, 30 days in a row
  3. At the end of 30 days, your evaluator fills out and emails your assessment to the Zen Master
  4. Vow keepers receive feedback and a full refund while vow breakers receive only feedback

What would make me ineligible for a refund?

If you or your evaluator fails to submit the assessment at the end of the 30 day vow, that will break the vow and make you ineligible for a refund. Not completing the full 30 days of VOW of NOW also disqualifies you from a refund.

What is acceptable meditation practice?

There has been many innovations to Buddhism since Gautama Buddha introduced his precepts to the world, and there are at least eight meditation styles you can adopt for the VOW of NOW and in your daily practice.  Pick one that works best for you, or none at all and just sit still with good posture and be present.

Here are a few ground rules:

  • Don’t walk or move about while meditating
  • Don’t operate equipment of any kind
  • No talking, daydreaming or mental contemplation (again, stay present in the moment)
  • No active listening or watching of any media (a quiet place is recommended)

Also keep in mind this is not yoga. If you practice yoga, keep it separate from the meditation you do to keep your vow.

What are the teachings of VOW of NOW? Is it based on Buddhism?

The VOW of NOW was indeed inspired by Gautama Buddha and his simple teachings. What did Buddha teach? Buddha summarized his own teachings by saying:

Both as in the past and now, I set forth just this: dukkha (suffering) and the cessation of dukkha.

Buddha defined suffering as any variation of clinging or delusion created by thinking. Stop thinking and you stop suffering. You become aware of the reality of the present.

As Shunryu Suzuki so succinctly stated in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind:

Today it is raining, this is what Buddha taught.

What would be my progress after 30 days of meditation?

After 30 days, your meditation practice should be a habit and an important part of your daily life. You’ll be enjoying the benefits of daily meditation which include increased mental and emotional stability, serenity, less craving and impulsiveness, better judgement and focus, less distractions and more harmony with yourself and people you interact with.

Perhaps you’ll progress longer than 15 minutes because meditating will be fun and you’ll want to continue with it and explore it further.

How does this website make money?

Any money not refunded will be used to repay sunk website and graphic design costs and cover hosting and backup services.

Thank you for visiting VOW of NOW. Contact the creator anytime at jason [at] vowofnow.com.


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