Joining a new religion is not an easy decision so I suggest that you think and rethink your decision before plunging ahead. If after careful consideration you still find inside of you the desire to become a Buddhist, then here are the steps that you must accomplish before you can become one.
Study Buddha’s teachings – Buddhism is anchored in understanding the teachings of Buddha that was passed down to his followers. Study them carefully, think about them, seek guidance, ask questions, and decide if it is really the path you want to take. You may need the guiding hand of a Buddhist during this time, so, again, make sure to connect with a Buddhist temple near you.
Take the Three Refuges – which means taking refuge in the Buddha; taking refuge in the Dhamma; and taking refuge in the Sangha. This is the formal step towards your conversion into the Buddhist religion. I once studied the Buddhist religion and their teachings, and I found them to be centered on kindness, tolerance, and honesty. Taking the Three Refuges is the most important step in becoming a Buddhist. This is not a journey or anything, but a symbolic acceptance of their core beliefs and practicing them.
The Three Refuges are:
Refuge in the Buddha - firmly believing that one can achieve enlightenment as Buddha has achieved it. This is the first step towards formal conversion to Buddhism and anchors around the belief on Buddha
Refuge in the Dhamma - understanding the Four Noble Truths and living under the guidance of the Noble Eightfold Path.
Taking refuge in the Sangha - being inspired, looking and receiving support and guidance from fellow followers of the Noble Eightfold Path.