I'm working on this YA fantasy novel about a fourteen year old who dies and has adventures in the land of the dead. He's a ghost, but it's not a horror or sad story as much as it is fantasy adventure, only to get to the fantastic world the character didn't open a magic wardrobe or fall down a rabbit hole but rather, he died in a head on collision with a tractor trailer. Anyway, my MC is intelligent and articulate and the child of converts to Buddhism. As a result he's a Zen Buddhist "dharma brat" and that's his world view. My main concern is that I DO NOT want to preach to the readers, but just want my character's religion to be a part of what makes him a complete, believable character without preaching. One of the things I'm trying to do is to show him questioning what he has been taught. When he sees he isn't in his next life, he openly admits that reincarnation might be a load of bull. Basically, although he never articulates it,he believes in the morality he was raised with while questioning the mythology and practices. At the end of the book, Buddhism is not proven and if anything it's kind of disproven when he sees his father unable to let go and accept that his son is dead but instead continues to cling on to his attachment. So, it's not one of those religious fiction things where the religion's worldview is proven to be true and wonderful at the end. Rather, the religion just looks neutral. My issue is that while the plot doesn't say Buddhism is true, the character always goes back to the way he was brought up when he thinks of what he should do. He lets go off his family and tries to accept that he will never be with them again because that's how he was taught. He tries to remain non-violent when ever possible because that's how he was taught. I'm just finding it difficult to make a character that has these beliefs that he falls back on without coming across like I, the author, am pushing them on the reader. I'm a wannabee writer, not a manic street preacher.