There is a question that circulates among certain people who contact Buddhist philosophy and tradition: is Buddhism a religion?
For those of us that do not think of it as a religion, we will have a difficult time convincing others if we call it Buddhism. I think it is time to start branding Buddhist philosophy differently. We should call it: Gotamian Psychology.
If you know a little bit about history and psychology, it makes sense, doesn’t it? Jungian psychology, Freudian psychology. And Gotamian Psychology is really a psychology. Yes, it arose inside spiritual traditions, and I don’t think that you can remove reincarnation from it, but Gotama was really a psychologist, and it fits right in with other psychologies.
Everything in it is about how the mind works, and what practices to take up to be happy.