Hi KerryAnn67 - welcome!
1) it is not necessary to shave your head to be Buddhist. Monks and Nuns shave their heads, but the rest of us can keep our hair!
2) Indeed the Western world is not set up for Buddhism :) As Buddhism integrates itself in the West, it will adapt - but in the meantime - Most people (the few Lamas I know and the others I learn from) all suggest early morning meditation - for me this is a double-edged sword: I find it IS quite in the house before everyone else gets up - however I also find it extremely difficult to get my butt out of bed that early! So - even though I have a hard time doing this myself - my advice to you is - try to get up before the rest of the household and meditate then.
3) I find it easiest to deal with others who don't really take Buddhism seriously - by bringing to mind that they are suffering - and often people will lash out when they are confronted with things unfamiliar to them. Try to see their behavior as that of a frightened being and be tolerant, patient and kind.
Know that we Buddhists do not evangelize (for good reason) - but that Christians do - they are being true to their faith when the evangelize and we should rejoice with them for their strength, courage and conviction to express their spiritual side.
We don't have to 'play into their hand' by responding to their negative comments and actions. If there are people in your life who are extremely critical and harsh (I am married to one!) Just smile like you know a secret, don't try to get them to see reason :) Accept their offers to 'pray for you' and things like that with grace. They do mean well -even if their methods are a bit off-color :)
I now want to ask you something - but I will post it in a separate message so as not to distract from this.
Yours in Dharma,
Edited by: RDEPASS at: 8/21/2008 (13:25)
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