Buddhism is not a religion, or a philosophy. What makes Buddhism so special, and different from all the other religions, is the fact that it is a method that enables us to connect to our true essence. Based on Buddhist methods, we can realize the nature of everything. One can say realize the nature of mind, because mind creates this samsaric world. For that reason, mind is quite important, but otherwise, in a simple way one could say “the nature of everything.” Whatever we see, whatever we feel, whatever we create, Buddhism describes the nature of it all.
Buddhism is not just a method. It is not based on what someone said or on faith; it is based on facts. When using this method, as we try to get to the truth, we not only use the dharma but also all other resources, whatever knowledge we can gain from this world without clinging to any of it.
We are all followers of the Buddha dharma, the ways and teachings of the Buddha. We can feel the benefit of our practice by having peace, clarity, loving kindness, compassion, wisdom.