What is Buddhism?

William B. Turner
7 min readFeb 4, 2020

“Buddhism is about letting people know they do not need to follow any authority. If you think you need an authority figure, go somewhere else.”

Brad Warner, Hardcore Zen

Some people say Buddhism is a religion, some say it ain’t. Most catalogs of world religions include Buddhism among the list of the major ones. Robert Buswell, in his Encyclopedia of Buddhism describes it as one of the three major world religions, the other two being Christianity and Islam. Most would expand the list to include Judaism and Hinduism at a minimum, but that is not important here.