Question: I’m new to Buddhism. When I talk to my friends about what I have learnt from the Dharma classes I’m attending currently, they look at me as if I’m turning into a nun the next day. One of them even said I’m too obsessed about Buddhism now. Is this so, or are they just too ignorant about it?
Answer: It’s very common for others to think those inclined towards spirituality are ‘obsessed’, when it is they who are too obsessed with the material world; while neglecting their spirituality. This is why it’s important to have spiritual friends to motivate one another. As you attend more Dharma activities, spiritual friendship will develop naturally.
In the mean time, it might be good to tone down on your enthusiasm of sharing the Dharma with those who find it too much for now. A sign of obsession with anything is when it damages your relationships with others. The more you learn and practise the Dharma properly, the more mindfully clear will you be, as to whether it is you or your friends who are confused about Buddhism. And the more skilful will you be in sharing the Dharma.