His Holiness says, “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” Buddhism can be practiced as a religion but I believe it’s a framework for life. Lessons that will give you the greatest chance for happiness. A way of exploring how we think, feel, and act that leads us to profound truths about who we are.
You do not need to believe in the Buddha. His power lies in his teachings which show us how to use our minds to realize our greatest potential. Regardless of spiritual affiliation, it’s helpful to understand that we all suffer, the world suffers and that there are techniques to overcome this suffering. This understanding alone is immensely valuable. No metaphysical beliefs required. The faith is in the proof. Try meditating, or starting a gratitude journey or doing something kind for others. These are the teachings of the Buddha. Namaste.