buddha-dharma has nothing to do with subscribing to a belief.
Buddha -An awake person, also referring both to the historic Buddha, and to actual awakened reality.
Dharma -The teaching and practice of the nature of reality, which is inconceivable by intellectual concepts alone.
Thus awake seeing, is actually, an objectless awareness, a direct perception, of what is happening now.
The historical Buddha, is not considered a personal savior, but rather, is a real life example, that awakening is possible within this lifetime, right Now.
This present moment is always here.
Even though it cannot be held on to,
seized, nor defined, nevertheless,
it is here, as it is, now.
Halifax, NS Canada 2015