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Good Evening all,
I could really use some help understanding some certain aspects of Buddhism I don't think I have been able to understand or come to terms with. I am a very passionate person and "channel" myself through my hobbies. I used to like doing spray paint art(on canvas of course), working on my car, bowling, reading, writing, and more. I like to keep myself occupied in what I would call "positive" activities.
The part I am having trouble understanding is feeling passionate about other things besides Buddhism or meditation. I end up getting a guilty feeling if I were to say spend $30 on bowling instead of say the homeless or donation to charity. I am trying to see and understand where one's personal agendas fall in line with this religion. I try the best I can to model myself after the things I read about the Buddha. It just seems that if I do anything or spend any amount of money that could otherwise be done doing or spending in a more helpful manner, I am not doing justice to this world, Buddhism, or myself.
What are the current beliefs on these things? Am I that far out of line or am I being over the top for a Westerner.