Buddhism sees life as a process of constant change, and its practices aim to take advantage of this. It means that one can change for the better. The decisive factor in changing oneself is the mind, and Buddhism has developed numerous and effective methods for working on the mind. Most importantly, Buddhists practice meditation, which is a way of developing more positive states of mind that are characterised by calm, concentration, awareness, and emotions such as kindness.
Using this awareness developed in the practice of meditation it is possible to have a fuller understanding of oneself, other people, and life. Buddhists do not seek to ‘evangelise’ or coerce other people to adopt their way of living, they seek to make its teachings available to whoever is interested, and people are free to take as much or as little as they feel ready for.
Soon after his Enlightenment the Buddha had a vision in which he saw the human race as a bed of lotus flowers. Some of the lotuses were still enmired in the mud, others emerging from it, and others on the point of blooming. In other words, all people had the ability to unfold their potential and some needed just a little help to do so.
With this in mind the Buddha decided to teach, and all of the teachings of Buddhism may be seen as attempts to fulfil this very same vision — to help people grow towards Enlightenment.