Posted by Peter (22.214.171.124) on August 11, 2000 at 07:32:44:
I have a big concern that I hope that someone of you might help me with. Or at least give me some advice on what to do.
I have a girlfriend since 2 years back. We have been living together for about 1 year. About 7 months ago I started reading a lot on Buddhism and I like it, I like it a lot. I now consider myself to be a buddhist even though I haven't gone for refuge. The reason I haven't gone for refuge is simple, there aren't any buddhist temples in our country, at least not what I know of.
My girlfriend is having a hard time about me being a buddhist and she thinks that it is all mumbojumbo. She isn't Christian nor does she believe in anything else. I have tried to tell her about the things I've read about but she just won't listen.
I feel that I want to go to a temple and go for refuge and also dedicate myself more to Buddhism. The problem is my girlfriend, what about her. She would get furious if I would tell her that I want to go to India for a couple of months to learn more about buddhism.
This is so hard, I don't want to hurt anyone but on the other hand I can't lie to myself and not care about buddhism. It has become so much for me already.
Please help me and tell me what you think I should do.
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