Funny, 100% of the Buddhists I’ve heard from at the SDMB disagree with the idea that Buddhism is so concerned with gods.
But in any event, you haven’t addressed my point. Even if most Western Buddhists were concerned with such ideas, that doesn’t mean that one has to believe such things in order to perform Buddhist meditation.
A few more data points are in order: I recently listened to an abridged version of The Art of Happiness on tape. The Dalai Lama talked a lot about meditational exercises, but he never said anything about gods, except to mention that he likes religious diversity. None of the exercises had anything to do about gods, or dogma, or karma, or any of that. None of what the Dalai Lama said required any belief in a dogma.
Secondly, back in college I took a class on Eastern religions, and a Buddhist monk spoke to our class. He repeatedly stressed that Buddhism doesn’t require a belief in any dogma, and you can be a Christian or a Muslim or whatever you like and still be a Buddhist, because Buddhism doesn’t concern itself with doctrinal beliefs the way most other religions do.
For that matter, my own experiences with “intro to Buddhist meditation” events indicates that such events present the same information I presented here about mindfulness of breathing meditation. Never have I heard them say anything about gods, Indra, Bodhisattvas, or anything of the sort.