I don't know, Paladin? I'm not schooled in Buddhist philosophy, but no one religion, or philosophy has [all] the answers to life. We are on a journey whereby we are able to discover life ourselves and in our own time. I for one believe loving one another is a good place to start that discovery of life. We don't need philosophy, nor do we need religion. All we need is love; love is all we need.
Fair enough. I think you are very close to understanding something here, don't get bogged down in the minutiae of religion. If the thing that you think is added then the religion will cease to be what it is. Doesn't it seem strange that an integral part of the universe seeks to become part of the universe? Nothing can become one with that which already is.