"re·li·gion [ri-lij-uhn] Show IPA
A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion."
Buddhism believes in something "supernatural", beyond the material realm, life after death, a prescribed way of living, etc.. It doesn't have to praise a separate deity to be a religion. Buddhist temples, governments, tax organizations, etc., all recognize Buddhism as a religion. Why in the world would anyone debate it is not?
You don't need to believe in a god to have a religion. Despite our general perspective of a place of worship and a god of some shape or form, a religion is at its base a system of faiths, beliefs and/or morals.
People tell me "Buddhism is not a religion. It's a philosophy." well yes it isa philosophy, but it's also a religion. It is a belief system. It is a religion
You do not have to have an all-powerful god, or creator to be considered a religion. Buddhism has many gods and set rules and ways of life. It's a system of faith and worship and I believe that is what defines religion for philosophy. They have sacred texts, temples, leaders, teachers; You do not HAVE to believe in an all-powerful creator to be considered a religion.
Buddhism is a religion as it is faith based. It does have things that religions have, like teachings, doctrines, reincarnation, worshiping, prayers and so on and so forth. However, it is not like most religions which have a creator or God, as it is not a theist religion. Therefore Buddhism is a non-theist religion.
It's not exactly as strict or dogmatic as any others would be, but it is a religion nonetheless, complete with its' own book. People may not look at it as they would Christianity, Catholicism or Islam, but it's a religion yes, and has its' share of followers like the others do.
Buddhism is a religion that is very different than the majority of the world's religions. There is no particular god that is worshiped, but rather, the focus is placed on the individual to embrace their place in the nature of things and strive to reach nirvana. Buddhism is practiced by the majority of Asian people in the world, and it is highly philosophical in nature.
Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world with many Asians ascribing to its tenets. Several forms of Buddhism exist--one with gods and goddesses, another simply conforms to meditation and a way of being. Zen Buddhism isn't necessarily a religion and is more spiritual. However, other forms of Buddhism worship the ascended master, his wife and other deities such as a devil-like creature. Buddhism has similarities to other organized religions in that there are places of worship, sacred texts, monks and regular worship services just like Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
The buddha himself said his teachings are not philosophy as he felt philosophy was too constricting and narrow minded.... The concept of buddhism as a philosophy stems from modern day atheists wanting to have a religion that makes them seem exotic without actually committing spiritually to a religion, which is the most profoundly selfish and egotistical thing one can do.
If you don't follow the religion, you would never know. I'm a Buddhist and there are certainly religious aspects to it. People think it is not a religion because of the fact that it has a lot of philosophy. Another reason as to why people think it is not a religio0n is because it doesn't cause as much conflict as the other religions.
It has prayers and worships Buddha but it just doesn't have a God. However, in the definition for a religion it says 'Superhuman controlling power' and although Buddha wasn't 'superhuman', Buddhists worship him and want to find their Enlightenment like he did. So, technically, it follows the definition for a religion if you think about it.
Buddha NEVER said he was a God that should be worshipped, nor did he mandate the way one should live. Buddha was a philosophical teacher that taught certain guidelines that could help one achiever a more peaceful life. Anyone can follow a philosophy with the whole of their being, and it is still a philosophy. However many Buddhists turned Buddhism into a religion by creating statues, praying to Buddha, and creating a following that wasn't really what Buddha had intended to create. At the core, Buddhism (the teachings of Buddha) are philosophical teachings just like Plato's, Kants, Freud's, etc etc. Buddha just taught a more personal philosophy. While men have turned it into a religion, it does not mean that Buddhism in its' intended nature, is religious by any means.
I do not consider Buddhism a religion, as there is no central god. Rather, Buddhism is a spiritual approach to living a happy and fulfilled life. To me, it is the only belief system, other than atheism, that makes any sense at all. The central tenants are not about worshiping a god. It is not about going to heaven or hell. It is about making the most of the time you have here on earth, for yourself and for others.
The definition for a religion is: “A belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God, or God’s ideas about the relationship between science and religion. It is a particular system of faith and worship and a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.” However, as Buddhism has no 'superhuman controlling power', or 'God' then it does not follow the definition for a religion, and therefore is not a religion.
As someone who studies and finds a deep interest in Buddhism, I can honestly answer that it isn't a religion, or at least doesn't stick to the conformities that are generally associated with religion. Buddhism's ideals can be applied to anyone of any religion. As a means of meditation, or in clearing your thoughts, and maybe even expanding into Yogas or asanas that help you in prayer or finding that "oneness" with the universe. Nothing in Buddhism guarantees to give you salvation, or gives you a set of rules to live by. It's just suggestions, ideas to help you find your own purpose, your own happiness.
Buddhism is different from other religions in the fact that is no deity. You can think of it as set of guidelines for a way of life.
Saying it is a religion would be similar to saying that being a liberal or a Democrat is religious.
There are figureheads and idols however they are not gods.
There is a grey area though because it is so ancient and organized.
Religion also conjures up negative thoughts to people like me who have no religion, and would not like to associate the two.
It is not a religion as it has no God, but it is a religion because it has many religious elements to it. It's hard to decide. I think it isn't a religion, more of a set of ideas in a philosophy, that help you to take the right path in life.
I feel that while Buddhism has religious ELEMENTS to it, overwhelmingly it is more a science of the mind. A process and practice by which to center and process the ups and downs of human emotion, and to develop a center of calm within oneself. Furthermore because it can be practiced along with other religions and not contradict them, it would appear not to be a religion in and of itself. For example I have met Christian priests who also participate in a type of Buddhist meditation.
Buddha was a man just like us. The word buddhism derives from his name "Buddha-ism", stating that it's an idea, way of doing something, that was stated by Buddha himself. If it was to be a religion, Buddha should have been invulnerable, eternal. But he died. And if reincarnation is true, how come he didn't return to continue teaching???
Gautama was just a person like you or me, he set a good example and if you follow his example, you will find you can have an exemplary life. A life where you can gain great fulfillment, both for yourself and others. I have Asperger's and so when I left school I studied Zen and found much to marvel at and it has been a guiding light for me, in the background, but putting forth its influence in many subtle ways. My life would have been much poorer without its influence.
Some Buddhists believe in god(s) while others don't. Some believe in hell or some kind of heaven, but not all. Buddhism was also founded by enlightenment philosophers -- philosophers, not believers. They worship Buddha and to be a religion you can't worship something as materialistic as a human being. Therefore, Buddhism is not a religion.