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Buddhism, one of the greatest world religions, spans 2500 years of Asian history. It is a diverse complexity of not only doctrines and institutions, but also ritual, moral, devotional and meditative practices. Since the Awakening of Gautama Buddha in the fifth century B.C.E., Buddhism has focused on the realization of enlightenment through the cultivation of morality, meditation and wisdom. While the vast array of Buddhist religious and cultural forms defines