Aloka wrote:Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?
No. The word "convert" makes me think of Christian missionaries and the people who ring my doorbell on Sundays !
lol funnily enough I had a JW knock my door this morning
She kinda had her work cut out for her preaching to a Gay Buddhist Marxist She kinda gave up when she said that all gays go to hell, to which I replied in that case that is where I would like to be
I joke lol to be fair we had a nice chat about Buddhism and Christianity
With Christianity though, and Islam as well, they feel the need to try and save you from a future nightmare. It is an act of kindness, worry and concern (mostly) however they always seem to forget the free choice bit and keep pushing to sign up.
As I said Buddhism isnt like that, mostly because you need to see things yourself and realise things for yourself.
A Buddhist going up to a guy and saying "you need to believe that craving causes your suffering" is pretty pointless, as he hasnt known it for himself. The four noble truths, taken as dogmatic doctrine that is "believed in" ex credo is useless.
They are there as tools to use and reflect on and to see, not just to have faith in
And once again I've gone off on a tangent lol