Yes. (As long as I'm permitted to maintain Dzogchen view.
Are the sizable numbers of Westerners who meditate at Buddhist centers but visit Hindu gurus and/or engage in a rainbow of New Age practices properly considered Buddhists?
Yes. I'm able to inform you that "the sizeable numbers of Westerners" have now been considered in a proper manner by myself and I allude to an arbitrary, and thus self-fulfilling, notion that they're Buddhists.
If I suggested that orgasm is a temporal cessation of the ego and the word "Buddha" could appear in your mind the next time you're engaged in actions which may induce orgasm, would you be offended in any way whatsoever ?
Love's compassion for ignorance is infinite. // "Moreover, Maitreya, apprehending objects are also apprehended objects." -The Samdhinirmocana Sutra.