Losing Our Religion: Buddhism in a Post-Religious Society

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Over the weekend, I read this fascinating UC-Berkeley study about the trend of Americans moving surprising quickly away from organized religion. Among Americans under the age of 30, the trend is  happening even more quickly. It seems, increasingly, we are looking for secular, rather than religious answers to our problems. Since I've always been a pretty non-religious person, this trend definitely resonates with me. As I have stated before, I firmly believe that Buddhist meditation, philosophy and psychology should not be viewed as religious practices. I simply don't believe that they meet the conventional criteria. Of course, there are many different views on this matter, all with valid thoughts behind them. Many of the different viewpoints arise from the fact that the word "religion" is so hazily and differently defined by different people. But in my view and approach, I don't think there is a way of defining Buddhism as