Buddhism is a form that people find hard to define, is it a religion or a philosophy.
I find a lot in Buddhism that is useful to me as an individual. I have said elewhere that "any truth that cannot be lived (by me) might as well be a lie (to me)", well Buddhism makes many claims and I cannot say what is true or false about them but I can say this that of the bits of Buddhism that I can understand and the truths it teaches not only that they are true but it teaches you how to make them a productive part of your life.
The scientific community is looking at meditation and mindfullness as treatment for all sorts of physical ailments and I know that some of them are routinely used as treatments by the NHS. Why do they use it? Because it works.
My interest in Buddhism came from my practising Christian mystical methodoligies and the realisation that the mystical part of them did not require the Christian part and thereafter I was drawn to Buddhism, the philosophical part rather than the relgious.
There are ideas in buddhism that I think are wrong like re-incarnation but it is a philosophy that grew out of the fertile soil of Hinduism and it is not surprising it retained some bagage.
It is possible to be spiritual and an atheist without necessarily beleiving that the spirit or soul survives death.
Anyway that is a few random jotting that might prove interesting to bash around rather than some of the topics that are our staple diet.