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Offline zefareu

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Facing death of a very Christian parent.
« on: November 17, 2015, 12:26:21 pm »
My father is in good health, but is nevertheless aging. I know the day will come when he will face death, and I know what will happen then: he will approach me about accepting Jesus. He knows I am a Buddhist, but it's extremely stressful for him to believe that I would not accept his faith, and join him in his heaven. He is adamantly Christian, and extremely stubborn. I know that this will be a difficult moment, as I want to comfort him, but I also feel that I should not lie to him. I could easily say what he wants to hear and let him die in peace. But I feel that lying to him in that way is wrong speech. Furthermore, if in that last moment I succumb to a lie, then I'm failing to share that tiny element of dhamma with him.

As I think about what I might do in this moment, I appreciate any thoughts you may have.
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Offline Wilma.loco

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Re: Facing death of a very Christian parent.
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015, 10:03:30 pm »
That's tough. My girlfriend is catholic and we always end up getting into it. I do find Christianity and Catholicism very interesting and cool though and definitely built a foundation for me to even grip darhma. Maybe you can bond with that?

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