Quite possibly, though I was looking forward to the company of my far-flung Dhamma friends!
Certainly with Quinn, he would be a shoe-in! He is, to manipulate that magnificent Bushism, a 'Buddho-fascist'.
My wife and I were called in to school a few weeks ago regarding his behaviour. Before Easter he went around destroying his classmate's belief in the Easter Bunny, and attending a church school, told all who listened to him that the story of the resurection of Christ was 'a made up story'. He wasn't content with that and announced he was a Buddhist and that anyone who had an alternative point of view was deluded.
He even sidled up to the school's chaplain and said 'So Mr Bartley, How's your invisible friend?'
The cheeky boy!
The night following the school visit, I had to read him the riot act aka Ashokan Rock Edict No 14 (I think) which demands that subjects should not only respect the religion of others, but to encourage practitioners of other religions to maintain their observances.
My next oldest son, at 14, has done a one day kids course in anapana meditation and now thinks it is as boring as the proberbial ... He's too busy being a hormone-driven young man spending vast amounts of his sparetime on facebook and MSN talking to friends.
My 20-year-old daughter, Freya, is in second-year at Monash Faculty of Medicine. After a lecture by the ex-chair of VicHealth, she became very interested in attending a ten-day course. As much from an interest in the therapeutic benefits of meditation as well as being in more control of her life. But with fulltime study and part-time work at a blood bank, she's put it on hold for the time being (so she tells me!)
My wife is not a Buddhist but you wouldn't know it. She'll wear a Buddhist amulet and mala, she's included Buddhist concepts in presentations on Wellbeing and she certainly supports my practice and Quinn's interest in the Dhamma. Kylie's even pmed a few people here via my account regarding aspects of psychological or developmental issues of children. I've even toyed with setting up an account for her but I think she's more interested in participating in a horse-related discussion board than discussing the Dhamma!
So yes, at a shove I could get my family to join and pip the post, but the hollow victory wouldn't be the same as the pleasure of your company!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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