Buddhism, as originally taught by the Buddha, is not a religion of mere belief. It speaks directly to the familiar conditions of our everyday minds. It speaks to the universal reality of suffering. It invites us to investigate phenomena, the idea of a self/personality, the question of what we are, the question of what is real. This investigation happens through study, questioning, observation, and meditation. The goal is not to believe in the Buddha but to see what the Buddha saw. The main project of Buddhism is no less than achieving the cessation of suffering for all beings.
Buddhism taught me how to apply the scientific method to religion, namely, by taking religious teachings as hypotheses to be tested against the standard of experience.