A lot of people may view Buddhism as one of the world's great -- or anyway major -- religions. I am not one of them. After 40 years of galumphing through the halls of Buddhism, I will say no, I am not one of them.
For anyone seriously interested in spiritual endeavor, my view is that religion is too divisive to be fruitful over the long haul. In the short run, it may provide some encouragement, but in the long run, its divisiveness injects spiritual life with a corrosive and doubt-prone venom. There may be excuses aplenty, but the divisiveness remains both undeniable and sad.
Better to heed the Dalai Lama's oft-quoted nudge, "My religion is kindness."
When the time is right, I hope that anyone might just leave religion to the temples and classrooms.
Sing, laugh, cry, dance, die, breathe ... isn't that enough?