Can people of other religions practice Buddhism?

Despite the current widely availability of teachers and books in the West, Buddhists are encouraged not to seek to convert others. In fact, most well-known teachers, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, often openly state that the followers of other religions first should focus on the sincere practice of their faith rather than conversion to Buddhism. Rather, he has frequently stated that should one find Buddhist practices that are useful it is better to remain with his or her original faith while encorporating such relevant practices. As these practices are intended to help someone achieve happiness, there should be no conflict. On the other hand, should someone feel a strong attraction to Buddhism and think that accepting this as their main religious practice may be a preferable option, they should seek advice from a competent teacher.

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