“I promise to abstain from exploiting my passions.”
Makes me think of my internet douchebaggery… wherein I try to ‘hack’ a passion to ‘turn’ a buck and ‘jack’ a profit. Maybe there’s something more sacred to these passions of mine.
To be fair, that would be a misinterpretation methinks. “Passion” in conversations about buddhism is normally in reference to desire in general, not the things you really geek out about and love.
BTW, this comes from an interesting lecture intro to Buddhism. Check it »