Lolita wrote:I just want to thank everyone for their sound advice, I have been grateful for each answer given.
I wanted to follow up with what has been happening. I have been practicing Buddhism in my daily life and have decided to officially convert. Well, by "official" I mean I no longer identify myself as a Christian. In fact, all my life I have been having difficulty identifying myself as one. Becoming a Buddhist has never felt more right to me.
I live with a family, particularly one man who is severely passionate about his Catholic religion. When it was revealed I decided to follow the Buddhist path, I could sense the frustration and disbelief of it all. Even my mother has been having difficulty with my decision. This has been putting a strain on me, because I feel like I have no support from my loved ones. I am bombarded with Christianity densed conversation, purposely placed statements of "God" and "Commandments" -- all done passive aggressively. I try not to be bothered by it, and accept that they're dealing with it the best they can -- but it has been proved tough, since I do want my family to accept my newfound path that I am very happy about.
How did you converts deal?
Thank you again.
You're a lot more brave than I am when it comes to "coming out".
I told my wife (who I'd have a hard time hiding from anyway) and told one of my brothers.
My family's Catholic too, the brother I told is pretty die-hard, and he was less than thrilled.
If my folks ask I'll tell them the truth, but in my family we have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy with things other people would find uncomfortable.
For example, I didn't find out my grandfather had Alzheimer's and didn't have much time left until about the week he passed (folks had known for months).
I don't think my wife is thrilled with my decision either.
She's a Christian convert from a family of SGI Buddhists, but she understands where I'm coming from, and seems to accept it.
Luckily I don't have anybody trying to convert me back, but I'd like to think I have some solid logic behind my decisions if I get challenged.
Good luck with the people around you.
They seem like they just want what's best for you.
I'd probably explain that they don't have to understand your decision, but at least respect it.