I have always considered as a toddler that " belonging " to any religion has fundamentals which is misplaced .
Having done Vipassana , this realization gets all the more clearer , when the suffering of change can be seen afflicting , the high and mighty ,the poor and the poorer, people belonging to that country or this country , that caste or this caste , that religion or this religion.
Everything that we do , and everything that we express ,has a direct bearing on the sensations that is coursing within our body and minds , reflecting the shades of hues of our attachment or detachment to these sensations , which keeps changing from time to time ( both the sensations as well as the degree of our mental reactions to them ) . We dont love any one or anything .
Apart from the ultimate truth of Nibbana , walking on the Noble Eight Fold part ,first brings about this beautiful facet of viewing a situation in multi-dimensional perspectives . As the saying goes " Wisdom is to know things in different ways ".
Nature keeps reflecting the universal truth of suffering in everything that we do , and in everything that we see and feel. Just as there are umpteen moments of death and destruction to multitudes of visible and invisible beings , when we humans go about in making our daily lives happen , even so, there are consequential happenings of the human world triggered by routines of the higher planes . An unavoidable and undeniable truth of life. The misery of living , the suffering, is all but there to be felt and seen , there is nothing buddhist about it.
Hence , all the Buddhas with infinite compassion and toil , go about in inspiring us in breaking the shackles of the prison gates of our minds ..........
Very unfortunate to hear people say that this is Buddhism !