If we define religion as something that provides someone spiritual relief, then Buddhism (consisting of VERY different practices/sects) is one, which is what Buddha seems to have intended. I think it's still important he specifically asked not to be deified. He was just being an honest human. Buddhism (the religion) today contains several distinct philosophies that grew in the various regions where Buddhism became practice. Each culture took Buddhism and made something out of it...there's Shaolin Chan, there's Zen, and of course the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism. Almost everywhere in the Buddhist world there is the scholarly discipline of the sutras, but in some other practices are considered to be the critical path towards enlightenment. The intersection of Buddhism and the Chinese Daoist sects was a particularly interesting mix of religion and philosophy (that produced, counter-intuitively, martial arts systems some of us practice). So who cares, philosophy "or" religion, the Buddha would probably laugh and walk away from this thread.