Does a religion require a belief in a supreme being? Is Buddhism, or Scientology a reDoes a religion require a belief in a supreme being? Is Buddhism, or Scientology a religion? The web site Dictionary.com defines Buddhism as a religion and Scientology as a non-denominational movement. Why aren't they calling Scientology a religion too? The definition of religion on dictionary.com seems vague. It appears that they don't know how to define religion, but know one when they see it which is why Buddhism counts as a religion but Scientology doesn't. Maybe it has to do with how long it's been around. The idea of Buddhism being an atheist religion seems like B/S to me.
There are many Buddhists who are atheists and who do not believe in supernatural phenomena like reincarnation. They believe Buddha was an enlightened man and a great teacher. Buddha did not teach that Nirvana was a place, but a mental state of cooling off.
For a Buddhist atheist perspective you might check out these three books;
The Buddha Walks Into a Bar
The Heart of The Revolution
Why I am a Buddhist
The best definition I have heard of religion is a cult with more members.
I prefer an Ignostic Agnostic Atheist perspective. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignosticism