Buddhism for the Future by Ven. Dr K. Sri Dhammananda

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Today, the problem is much more insidious — citizens of the same country are working to undermine the traditional cultures and practices of their forefathers and introducing alien ways to their people, separating parents and children, the old and the young.  E On a more positive note, however, Buddhists have always been encouraged, in the K S for example, to seek dialogue with others to show respect for other genuine seekers after the truth. We need to talk with other religionists formally and informally to know how they think, to show them how we think and to find common ground on which we can cooperate to work for the betterment of the human race.

Conversion in itself may not be a bad thing, but when methods employed and the mo- tives for converting are suspect then we must not stand idly by and do nothing about it. In many countries conversions which are not accom- panied by a full understanding of what is being accepted can lead to serious problems, often causing the breakup of marriages and families and other social problems. erefore it is not conversion but buying people. ere is therefore an urgent need for Buddhists to seek the dialogue with other religious groups to voice our dissatisfaction with their activities.

In the past, traditional religions were the victims of colonial missionaries. Today, the problem is much more insidious — citizens of the same country are working to undermine the traditional cultures and practices of their forefathers and introducing alien ways to their people, separating parents and children, the old and the young.  E On a more positive note, however, Buddhists have always been encouraged, in the K S for example, to seek dialogue with others to show respect for other genuine seekers after the truth.

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