Lolita wrote:Naturally I am facing some conflicts. What will my family think, how will I unlearn the teachings of Catholicism and how can I transition into it.
I went through a little of this too, particularly in the "What will my family think?" category. I was absolutely terrified that my wife would suddenly leave me and my kids would grow up thinking I was some sort of devil-worshipper, but that hasn't happened... and I've realized that, at least in my experience, what I think
is going to happen is almost always worse than what will really
I did read the article about the Dalai Lama's opposition to conversion http://www.persecution.org/2013/02/08/d ... hristians/
and it has caused some confusion within me. Nevertheless, I have been taking small steps to learn the practices but I am having difficulty doing it on my own.
I wouldn't worry too much about that article, quite frankly.
That said, I agree with the everything I've seen/heard from the Dalai Lama on conversion and think that it isn't a bad idea to explore your own tradition more fully before jumping over to something new -- sort of the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" thing. Or that is how I take it, anyway.
Lolita wrote:What do you all suggest I do as I am self teaching?
My practice is mostly grounded in the Theravada tradition, but I would suggest reading Dharma texts from people who, like you, had to move out of their comfort zone in order to get involved with Buddhist practice. I would also seriously look at reading Living Buddha, Living Christ
by Thich Nhat Hanh (or others of his works). His writing style is very simple, but the content is still very deep and thought-provoking.
In the end, do not be afraid to look at texts written or translated by monks and nuns from other traditions than the one that is your "home base." It can often be very rewarding.
Lolita wrote:I have prepared a home altar but it is still minimal.
Just my two-cents -- keep it that way. Minimal is not bad.
Perhaps I'll post a picture sometime [when I'm not at work] of my home shrine.
Lolita wrote:So far I have only used online sources to help me, such as chanting audio, meditation, and prayers. I would like to develop a routine, but I feel lost.
I modeled my morning and evening puja readings after the chanting from Wat Metta in California, a Theravada "Forest" tradition. Depending on what specific Mahayana tradition you are most focused on, it could be compatible for you.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p2Q ... YwUNc/edit
May your practice be fruitful! Be well!