Zen & Buddhism Q&As

Is Buddhism a religion?

This question has been, and will be, the cause of many debates.
In practical terms, many people who practice Buddhism do not follow any (other) religion. Insofar as it fills the gap that (other) religions seek to fill, it can be called a religion.

In contrast to Mediterranean religions, Buddhism is not a call to acceptance of, belief in, or devotion to, a god or gods. It offers a rational diagnosis of human suffering, and ways for alleviate it. The only authority these teachings have is that they work. In this, Buddhism is more like a practical philosophy than a religion.
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