||Enlightenment involving understanding of
suffering and the achievement of freedom in nirvana are central visions
of the Buddhist tradition. Through the Four Noble Truths and the
Eightfold Path taught by Buddha, the cycle of rebirth can be broken.
Buddha's enlightenment revealed that desire is at the root of suffering
and the problems of life. Constant change and elimination of selfish
desires are valued principles. There is no being, only becoming.
Shrines, temples and monasteries are for meditation, discussion and
retreat on all days of the week. Devotion to a Buddha or bodhisattvas as
well going on pilgrimages are encouraged. Festivals involve temple
visits, alms-giving and offerings at shrines. Primary sub-groups are:
Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen.