I just returned from vacation in Japan. We spent a few days in Kyoto, which abounds in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. I was quite interested in visiting the various temples mainly for the architecture and their lovely gardens. I have no interest in Buddhism at all. My mom is a devout Catholic and she complained the whole time we were in Kyoto about how her Christian god's heart is bleeding at the sight of her being in these Buddhist temples, and proclaiming in a loud voice how this is against her religion to visit these sites,yada yada. It really spolied my time there and generally annoyed the hell out of me. I'm no Buddhist either but I don't see what is wrong with appreciating their worship structures from an architectural/aesthetic POV. I even reminded her that when we went to the Vatican a couple years ago we met several Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus etc. They were in awe of the architecture and just loved the place. To which she said "Well that's them. I'm not going to anymore of these shrines" Now this is the sort of thing that turns me off devout Christians. They seem so close minded. I'm not asking her to go and pray in front of a shrine and rub Buddha's bellly. I was just trying to enjoy it from a non religious aspect. What's so wrong with that?