From Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. My expansion on the idea: "I wondered what my own religion might be. If I had defined it that way, that broadly, as the primary focus of my thourhts and passions, what would it be?"
My religion would embrace love and acceptance.
It would ask that one not judge others.
It would ask us to forgive others who we feel have wronged us.
It would ask us to seek forgiveness from others whom we may have wronged.
It would be a religion of being kind to oneself and to others.
It would ask one to actively work in whatever way one could at helping the world to be a better place.
It would ask the follower, if at all possible and in any small or large way, to help others in need and minimally to acknowledge the need not ignore it.
The religion would not need to take place in a special place or with a group of people but if that felt right, it could.
There would be no expense to run the religion and therefore would not take any fundraising or have any financial needs.
Everyone could be part of the religion whatever their financial, socio economic, or educational, racial, or sexual identification background.
It would include sharing the meal table with others as often as possible.