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Offline Dude

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Explaining Buddhism to peers
« on: September 14, 2015, 03:44:08 pm »
I am very new to Buddhism and I wondering if y'all had any advice for talking to someone about Buddhism. I don't plan on being showy of course, but it's also not something I'm gonna be ashamed of or feel like I have to keep a secret. To be specific, I have a lot of Christian family members. Any advice on how to talk to them specifically?

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Re: Explaining Buddhism to peers
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015, 10:59:18 pm »
Hi Dude

You can speak them softly and kindly. Even if they are angry at you or scold at you, please be patient. Please do loving kindness (metta) when you are talking to them.

Having loving kindness and keeping patience are the practise of Buddhism.

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Re: Explaining Buddhism to peers
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 01:03:33 pm »
First of all, welcome to FreeSangha!

I'll try to explain my experience to you. When I first started becoming closer and closer to Buddhism, my parents were not aware that I was slowly changing my mind from Christianity to Buddhism. The day I told them, they weren't really "angry", but I think that the idea of their daughter having embraced a different religion didn't make them very happy either. (I have to say my parents aren't religious people or anything, in fact, the last mass they attended was about six months ago). But, as the time went by and I started telling them about Buddhism and the good ideas it teaches its students (such as the "don't cause suffering" rule or reincarnation, which helped me A LOT when I lost my grandfather), they started to accept it as my philosophy and now I think that they accept it as my religion - at least, my father does, don't know about my step-mother yet.

What I mean with this is that you should break the news softy, but making them see that you're serious about it. This means that you first need to be really sure that you want to be a Buddhist (I'm not saying that you aren't as for now, don't misunderstand me). As the time goes by, they'll eventually accept it, as my parents did. It might take quite a long time (for me, the process took about half a year), but in the end I'm almost sure that they'll accept.

¡Take care, and good luck with this!


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