Why is Buddhism considered one of major “religions”?

Why is Buddhism considered one of major “religions”?
Why is that when most Buddhists don’t even believe in an entity such as “God”?

Isn’t Buddhism a philosophy that people live by and not “religion” per say?

Just wondering.

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Buddhism is the most boring religion ever.

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4 Responses to “Why is Buddhism considered one of major “religions”?”

  • Cora says:

    There are some Buddhist sects that believe in something, but not necessarily a deity. Also, Buddhism has dogma, just like most religions.

  • Kenneth says:


    Like Christianity, Buddhism is a broad belief system, and it absorbs the culture of the society it is introduced into.
    In many societies Buddhism has adopted god(s), expectations of an ‘afterlfe’, so those who go by the name ‘Buddhist’, have beliefs associated with what it means to be a ‘religion’.
    To be accurate, one must say ‘Buddhism’ is a philosophy, or belief system, that allows followers to choose for it to be without god, and the supernatural, or to include god and the supernatural.

    Considering a belief system that allows followers to decalre themselves an ‘Atheist’, can hardly be called a religion, although it is attempted from time to time.

    Language is sloppy, and for most people, considering Buddhism a religion does no great harm, but it is certainly inaccurate.

  • jambu says:

    Buddhism is a religion and philosophy.

    Religion means a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.

    The belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe is called Theism.

    The specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices in Buddhism are the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

    Buddhism is one of the major world religions because of its 360 million adherents.

    Philosophy means “love of wisdom.” Wisdom destroys ignorance. Ignorance is the fundamental cause for suffering [the second Noble Truth] according to Buddha.

  • majnun99 says:

    Buddhism spread from India to become the main religion of several different countries in Asia.

    There is a story about Buddha having a miraculous birth when an elephant touched his mother with a lotus flower. Philosophies don’t tend to have stories such as these.

    Hindus recognize the Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu (the supreme Lord). That’s pretty remarkable, I think. A lot like Jews believing Christ is the Messiah but not converting to Christianity.

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