The Tripitaka is a collection of Buddha's teachings, rules of monastic life, and commentaries. It is about 10 times larger than the Bible. The basic belief is that life is misery and decay, and there is no ultimate reality in it or behind it. The cycle of endless birth and rebirth continues because of desire and attachment to the unreal "self". Right meditation and deeds will end the cycle and achieve Nirvana, the Void, nothingness.