Is Buddhism a way of life or a religion? Well they do not believe in God. That could make it not a religion.
Yet they do have a founder and a leader so it could be a religion.
Yes It is a religion! 1. Monks and Nuns!! 2. Temples The Vihara!! 3. Meditation and chanting!! 4. Rules! 5. A founding leader!! The Buddha 6. Rituals and offerings!! It is not like a Religion! 1.There is no God! 2. Anyone without lots of knowledge can live like a Buddhist. 3.There is much evidence that it is a way of life. You have to simply be and not worry about lots of things. YOU CAN ANSWER IT EITHER WAY!
You are reminded of a few facts about his life & teachings
He lived in a Palace. Why was The Prince protected from suffering by his Father?
What were The four sights? An old man A sick man A dead man and a Holy Man
Why did the prince leave his wife and child and life in the Palace?
Why did he go away to live the life of an ascetic?
Why did He deny himself pleasure and worldly goods?
Why did He meditate and pray? He tried to achieve enlightenment and Nirvana
He went to extremes Fasting so much that you could see his ribs
Then one day he abandoned this For a more moderate middle way. Why did he do this?
As he meditated he saw temptations but why was he not distracted ?