I have been a Buddhist my whole life (Theravada to be exact) and it is a very big part of the culture I grew up in. Even though I don't consider myself to be super religious, Buddhism influences the way I think since it has been taught to me from a very young age. I do love many of the ideas presented in the religion since they make a lot of sense to me. I know that meditation is amazing and that you can really relax yourself and think more clearly. Unfortunately, I'm not really good at it.
It is so interesting to see people from other parts of the world take interest in Buddhism. I didn't know so many of you knew about it. The only weird thing for me is seeing it explained or discussed in English since I've only ever experienced it in South Asian languages. If someone asked me to explain something about it in English, I'd be so lost
Yes, it is more like a philosophy, I guess, but in Buddhist countries it is considered 'a religion' and it greatly influences the culture as well. Btw, not all Buddhists are good, kind people. I've met tons of nasty ones too. Its just like any other group of people I guess.
I can tell you that I am very thankful to have grown up in a Buddhist environment because I was never taught that being gay was sinful or wrong. Never. I can't imagine what that would have done to me. Culturally, however, it is looked down on and never really talked about. So, coming out still is no easier.
Anyways, thanks for bringing up the subject.