Sometimes, being a Buddhist in a predominately Christian country can bring it's own challenges...
My children go to the local primary school and I have always been keen on them choosing their own path (whilst secretly hoping they will choose Buddhism). This worked well for my daughter and she took refuge about 2 years ago. This was entirely her own choice. She has made herself a small shrine in her room and whilst she doesn't meditate, she is a better and more compassionate human being at 10 than I am at 3x her age!
So, I decided to take the same approach with my son (he is 5) He has less contact with Buddhism than my daughter had at his age as our local group broke up about 3 years ago, but, he sees my shrine. I didn't push it and we never really discussed religion in the house as I wanted it to flow naturally - he would come to it when he was ready.
Then one day he came home from school and proudly showed me "how we speak to God" and put his little hands together. He spoke of Jesus and God and how they live in heaven. When I asked him how he knew all this, he said that some people had come to the school assembly to show them how to do it.
And I have come to the conclusion that I am quite upset about this; not that he has chosen to be a christian. That is absolutely his choice and I respect that. What I am upset at is that the school took it upon themselves to let these people in to talk to the children before I had a chance to speak to my son about any of this. Had I known in advance they were coming, I probably would have let him go to the assembly as I think it is important that he hears all the different options, but I would have spoken to him openly and honestly about religion and belief before the assembly and would have tried to do it without an agenda.
Am I being an a£$@ about this?
I know that he (and my daughter) will probably change their minds a thousand times before they settle (if they even do settle) on one path, but I wanted to choose the time to discuss this with him.
don't forget to stop and smell the daisies.