I said in my blogpost about whether Buddhism was the best world religion (let alone win an award) that I was halfway a Buddhist myself. I got a question about that: what do I mean?
A real Buddhist, in my view, and in the traditional Asian view, is someone who has taken refuge. That is, in a solemn ritual they have taken refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. I have not done that, so I’m not officially a Buddhist.
However, being a vegetarian who tries to live by the five precepts, who believes that Buddha was one of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time, believing in karma and rebirth, and knowing sunyata to be a true description of reality, Buddhism is certainly closer to my personal religion than any other religion.