I am a citizen of the USA, but I lived outside of the US much of my adult life. 
 I currently live in Thailand and expect to live here the rest of my life.  
There have been people that have not been supportive of my lifestyle, but I 
think that’s a good example of what I was saying.  As long as I’m living my 
life in a positive way, any alienation or opposition felt by others is 
something THEY need to deal with.  Perhaps when and if they do, they will learn 
to be more open and accepting of others, and that’s a very good thing.  
Besides, if I’d stayed in the USA and had a wife, dog and 2.5 kids there would 
still be people that would not like what I say, what I am or what I do.

As long as YOU know what you’re doing, or at least feel comfortable with your 
life, I think you’re on the right track.



----- Original Message -----
From: mike brown [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sat 16/02/08 7:39 AM
Subject: Fwd: Re: SV: RE: [Zen] Re: D.L.


Thank you for your `welcome back`!  As for trying to change yourself from 
within to affect society - understood. I`m with you on that one too. But it`s 
amazing the amount of flak you get trying to change yourself this way. As you 
know, my (spiritual) journey has taken me to Japan and China, but at the cost 
of alienating myself from some friends and family who can`t understand my 
decisions. Have you ever encountered opposition thru` choosing a spiritual 
(don`t really like that word) lifestyle as opposed to a more conventional one? 
Ps, I understand that as a lay practioner you can marry the two with little 
problem, and that ultimately you don`t have to travel anywhere other than 
`here`. But what if you chose to live overseas in search of furthering your Zen 
or indeed became a Zen priest. Would you, or have you, experienced problems? 


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