I was raised Catholic in America by English parents. I grew up, went to college, wandered off on my own.

Years later, I was practicing walking meditation at a Buddhist monastery that turned out to be thronged by lapsed Catholics. They had wandered in, like me, looking for what they hadn’t found in church.

The Buddhist monk gave us a piece of advice: “Do not become Buddhists,” he said. “Go back, explore your own tradition.”

Most of us didn’t take the monk’s advice. I did.