Gharchaina wrote:If there is no community -- the Dharma will not survive in the West. Centers need to be community and family friendly. Those pot lucks are important. Sunday School is important. Parents with young children will not come, or will come only sporadically if there is no one to look after their kids and maybe teach them a little Dharma, while Mom and Pop, reestablish their center.
Before we had our daughter, we were planning to raise her as a Buddhist. Later when we actually had her, I changed my mind. Perhaps I'm sensitive to this issue because as a child I have had Christianity pushed down my throat. Most people gladly accept it but I'm one of those who didn't. I think that religion should be a personal choice, not something drummed-into persons.
In a sense, I do teach her Buddhism. I teach her Buddhist values like being concerned about others, treating others fairly and not hating. She is nine right now and I'm just starting to teach her about the various religions in the world.