When I first started studying Buddhism in my twenties, I thought of it as a means to an end, a trusted and reliable vehicle for escaping the religion of my childhood. I reasoned that as I turned towards the Buddha, I would obviously be turning away from the Catholic Church. To me, at that time, that logic was rock solid.
Beliefs don’t just get up and leave your head because they can sense that they’re no longer wanted in your life. Convictions come with a stubborn obstinacy about them.