If you’d like to read up on cultural misunderstanding, here’s a good place to start. This was posted on the Tricycle blog today from the Christian Post:
How to Evangelize Tibetan Buddhists in the West
With the Dalai Lama’s visit to the West this spring, â€œIt will be a perfect time to defend and share the Christian faith with recent immigrants, high school and college students strongly influenced by Buddhism, and everyday Americans who have woven the Eastern religion into their personal philosophy and world view.”
It will be difficult to convert Tibetan Buddhists, the article concedes. Among other things:
“Buddhists do not understand terms such as God, sin, new birth, salvation, heaven and hell the same way Christians understand them.”
They probably won’t understand evangelism, either.
Ummm, how about they start with the terrorists, gangs and other hate mongers of the world first?…And then, if there’s time, they can take on the ranks of the calm and peaceful at the end?