Christianity to Buddhism conversion
…And he is asked to leave.
Just kidding! Lighten up people, it’s Friday.
As many of you know, we are a homeschooling family. One of the coolest things about homeschooling is that everything becomes a lesson. If we go to a theme park, boom, physics. If I take the kids to the river, bang, biology and possibly first aid. But every rose has its thorn. My home school thorn is the annual convention. This is where we shop for our curriculum and listen to a few seminars on how to be better home school parents.
The other thing that makes this process tricky is that most, I’m thinking about 90-95% of the few hundred people here, are Christians. That means most of the curriculum has a Christian bent (we loath looking for science material) and it means each seminar we attend will have prayer and heavy Biblical references/principles throughout.
Now, I’m cool with Christians. In fact, one of my good friends and his wife are here with us and he happens to be my favorite Christian. What makes this situation awkward is that I’m a Buddhist this month who enjoys wearing his robes (only the top piece over a shirt) and mala beads. Talk about being the center of attention. If I were getting these looks without the robes my wife would put a bag over my head and hide me from society.
In general, I just feel out of place. And because I was a serious Christian once, I can see in the eyes of some of these people the desire to “save” me. They may not know from what, but it’s clear I need saving. So now that I’m in my robes and looking like a heathen, how am I supposed to focus on what we are here to do? Should I disrobe and blend in? Eh, maybe, but I like wearing it and I promised my Christian pal that I’d wear the robes all weekend. So I go back to the Buddha for advice.
“Yo Buddha. What do I do?”
“Your anxiety comes from fear.”
“Pshhh, what fear? I ain’t scared of these people.”
“Remember the Four Noble Truths. Suffering is universal. Suffering comes from ignorance and ignorance stems from fear. You fear what you think you know of these people. You’ve projected a biased and false reality on the situation based on ignorance. Free yourself from bias. Let go of your expectations and face the moment exactly as it is.”
Okay, so the Buddha didn’t really speak to me (but man would that be piss-pants scary AND awesome at the same time!), however I’m sure that’s what he would say in this situation. And he’s right. Once I removed the bias and illusion of difference from my outlook, I began to see things in another light.
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