What I don't understand is why everyone assumes that a conversation on these topics has to be a confrontation about whose believes are better.Before our last cruise, I gave my teen brochures for each port so that she can have some say in what sights we'll see. One place she wanted to see was a jodo in Lahaina. So we planned out how to get the bus to come close and then we walked the rest of the way. This one had the biggest Buddha statute outside of Japan and a 3,000 ton bell. We also saw another one in Hilo.
Usually when I have conversations about religion, it is not my or the other persons religion we are talking about, but more often about the practices of the places we are visiting.
As an example, when we went to visit our DD when she was living in Japan, we went to visit Several Buddest Temples and Shinto Shrines, so we had discussions about the difference between the beliefs and practices of the two, and of the practices of the Japnese in gerneral.
No one trying to convert anyone and no scorn of other's believe.
Just interesting and information conversations and an appreciation of the places we were visiting as more than just cool arcitecture.
My DD was a great source of info given her studies in Religion.
(Can you tell I'm a proud Mom.)
Hoping for another trip to the land of Aloha!
Carnival Jubilee - Mex. Riv.; Sensation - W. Caribb.; Holiday (2Xs) - Baja; Paradise - E Caribb; Ecstasy - Baja; Star Princess - Mex. Riv.; Sapphire Princess - Alaska; Island Princess - Hawaii; Golden Princess - Hawaii (one of the best cruises ever!!!!); another Golden Princess -- Hawaii
Read about my most recent cruise at http://www.sites.google.com/site/holidayalohaii/home