Posted by Heather (188.8.131.52) on October 24, 2000 at 01:29:40:
In Reply to: telling the family posted by kundagbo on October 18, 2000 at 04:31:37:
Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderful writer, poet and humanitarian. His list of works is long. One such book is titled "Living Buddha, Living Christ". There is much wisdom in (and between) his words which I believe you may find useful.
I, too, was raised in a christian home. When the time came that my intellectual study of Buddhism became a living practice my family began to express "concern". (something about the Buddhist retreat Easter weekend...) :) The short of an otherwise long story is that rather than tell them "I practice Buddhism" in a sit-down conversation I opted to show them with my walk through life.
It's been several years now and my family members are more comfortable (mostly) with my practice. Although most still do not fully understand the "how" Buddhism invokes a spirit of loving-kindness, wisdom and compassion in another human being, they are quick to acknowledge the fact that it does.
You may find Thich Nhat Hanh's section on the "nature of interbeing" of particular interest.
Best wishes in the Dharma,
: i have converted to buddhism after being raised a christian in a christian home. i do not want to cause my mother any suffering but i am afraid that when i tell her my belifs have changed it will cause her great pain. i know that keeping this inside and not telling her is causing me to suffer and causing a rift between us. what do i do? i know that i dont want to hurt her but if i tell her she will be hurt. im not sure how to handle this, can you help/
: ga le bzhugs
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