Ajahn Brahm of Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre gives an interesting talk about living with non-Buddhists and living in a non-Buddhist country. I find this subject to be of particular interest because most Buddhists don’t have much support for their practice unless they’re at their local Dharma center or temple. He talks about different ways to make use of these challenges and still be able to maintain one’s practice.
One thing that he mentioned that struck me as interesting was that over the years, people respected his practice because he didn’t go out of his way to push his views on other people. Others were aware that he was Buddhist, but they just saw him as someone who lived a calm and happy life. Personally I feel that this is one of the best ways to uphold teachings, which is to quietly put into practice whatever we’ve learned.