Buddhism is a discipline, that can lead to spiritual development, and happiness. Practicing Buddhism can give you an insight into the true nature of existence.
Because Buddhism does not include worship of a deity, or a creator God, it is generally not considered a religion. But practically speaking Buddhism is at the core of every religion.
The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching would include
- Life is a test
- Nothing is fixed or permanent
- One does not become superior merely by birth or inheritance. Actions make one superior
- The intention supersedes action
- You are responsible for your actions
- All actions have consequences [Understanding Karma]
- Change is possible
- Happiness and success are achievable by all, irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender.
- It is your duty to develop compassion, spiritual enlightenment, and liberation.
- The key is to liberate you from struggle, and worldly suffering.
All modern religions require worship of a deity, and provide laws that control the principles of life. Buddhism, on the other hand, is nothing more than self-discipline, and a way of life. Both can go together quite well.
Since Buddhism does not include worshipping of a deity, and the historical Buddha is no more than an enlightened teacher, one could easily be a Christian, or even a Muslim, Buddhist.