Buddhism without beliefs – Stephen Bachelor
The buddha was an ordinary man who realized that people suffer from all sorts of things, most of which suffering can be eliminated by becoming aware of the root cause and letting go of it. And then, cultivating this awareness by sitting in silence and breaking the random chain of thoughts our minds play all the time. All the religious nonsense that makes the buddha seem like some sort of a god is the product of centuries of story telling and groups of people trying to justify their existence. Even the idea of reincarnation is not an essential part of practical buddhism (dharma).