Dharma teachers Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield tie the knot

Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield were married by Ram Dass in Maui, Hawaii this past weekend. They share how they came to be a couple.

Lion’s Roar Staff4 July 2016
Ram Dass marries Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield.
Ram Dass marries Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield. Photo by Richard Marks, via Spirit Rock Meditation Center on Facebook.

Dharma teachers Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield were married in Maui, Hawaii this past weekend.

According to a post on Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Facebook page, the two were married by spiritual teacher and Be Here Now author, Ram Dass, in his Haiku Garden.

The post reads:

We are delighted to share the happiness of our Hawaiian wedding day. We have known each other for 43 years and come to love each other deeply. The special day began with Ram Dass’s weekly community beach swim. Later, before sunset, as soft Maui breezes blew and the clouds turned rosy colors, we had a private ceremony in Ram Dass’s Haiku garden, exchanging vows, leis, and rings.

In poetic language, Ram Dass married us to each other and to the Dharma, and offered his blessings to us, our families, friends, and communities. He asked each of us, “Do you take Jack/Trudy as part of your sangha?” We both wholeheartedly answered “Yes!” We are all sangha together, and now you are happily included.

In the past weeks we have received waves of good wishes from friends all over the globe—hearing our nuptial plans has made them smile. And here we are, newly wed, blessed and grateful.

"Engaged Buddhists": Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman, via InsightLA.
“Engaged Buddhists”: Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman, via InsightLA.

In “Walking the Talk,” inside the May 2016 Lion’s Roar magazine, Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman spoke with actor Sandra Oh about Buddhism and their happy relationship as beloveds. The two were later engaged, as Trudy told it to her InsightLA community:

Yesterday, Jack really wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel. It stopped in my favorite spot, where you hang out in space over the ocean (you can’t see the cabin below for a few seconds), but we did stop there for a while. Turns out, Jack had asked them to stop the Ferris Wheel there so he could propose. Which he did. You may not be surprised to hear that I happily said, YES!

In “Walking the Talk,” Sandra Oh asked them how they came to be a couple:

Jack Kornfield: After my marriage ended—and I had expected I would be married for the rest of my life, so it was not particularly easy—I thought, “Well, who would I like to be with? Who do I feel a connection and love with and who brings to me a kind of a joy?” Well, of course, Trudy.

Trudy Goodman: We were teaching together and working together. It was such a pleasure to discover we were on the same page. It happened very organically.

Our congrats to Trudy and Jack. Here’s to a life of being on the same page together!

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