I didn't vote in the poll because there is no....Well, let me think about that, first....answer to choose.
By which I mean I do consider myself a buddhist...no capital letter on buddhist you see....but I'm not a Buddhist....capital letter there.
Being a (capital letter) Buddhist in my mind means joining an organized formal Buddhist group, but being a (no capital letter) buddhist means not joining such a group.
That's what I am, a buddhist....not associated with any sangha, association, affiliation, etc.
That's why, for me, that poll has no good answer.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach