I came across an article in Buddha Weekly called How Your Faith Can Make You Happier (see here), and it made me wonder, is Buddhism truly a faith? Somehow the word and the images that it conjures up do not fit the reality. Buddhism to me is something to be explored and examined and learned from, something to be tested inside heart and mind.
It seems to me that because Buddhism is grouped with a series of other world’s religions, some of the words that apply to them are also applied to it. But can these kinds of descriptions not cause a misunderstanding about what sort of life path comes from the study of Buddhism?
Is your Buddhism a faith? How else would you characterise it?