Do you NEED to consider yourself Buddhist? Do you want the title or the Teachings?
The concept of reincarnation is a pivotal and major part of Buddhist philosophy. It governs our way of living because our present life was determined by our past lives, and our future lives is determined in how we live in this life.
Why do you have to be Buddhist? Why can’t you just take the teachings and the practices and live your own life? The title “Buddhist” is unnecessary. Our Buddhist goals is to shed all ego, and adding another title doesn’t help. We need to do the opposite and release ourselves from titles of manager, employee, man, woman, friend, CEO, president, Christian, Buddhist, single, gay, straight, etc. We want to be… Human. That should be our only title. But, unfortunately we can’t do that entirely. But we can at least try to detach ourselves from adding any extra distractions.
Smile and be well!