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Speaking with a friend earlier and the idea came up that one can be "on again, off again" with Buddhism, or any other faith, like when you're seeing a person romantically, but you only date them once a month or so, and you both see other people on the side.
Is it really possible to do this? Can you really be both into a faith or religion, and also not, depending on the day or week? I tend to see it as either you're committed to your relationship (faith) or you're not. It's certainly okay either way as long as everyone is honest. For example... if I was dating someone and they didn't want to see me unless they "needed" me, fair-weather style, I wouldn't call that a relationship, I'd call that Friends-with-Benefits. Correspondingly, if I have a friend who goes to Church/ Temple/ other Services only when she's having a time of sorrow or has a question, but then never thinks about her faith otherwise, not even on her own, is she really a Christian/ Muslim/ Jew/ Buddhist, etc ? I'd argue no... but that person can certainly gather good information in those times when she is participating.