Buddhism is a path of spiritual development that leads to insight in how life really is. Buddhist practices are ways to change yourself so that qualities like mindfulness, kindness and wisdom can become part of your character.

The practical methods of buddhism (such as meditation) allow people to transform their experience and to take full responsibility for their lives.

In the course of the 25 centuries of it existence the buddhist tradition has created a treasure of resources for all those who wish to follow such a path—a path that ultimately culminates in awakening.

Awakening or enlightenment is a state in which the veils of greed, hatred and ignorance that constantly obstruct our view have fallen away. It is a process that can go gradually or suddenly, mostly both of them alternating.

The basic tenets of buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Buddhism is not aimed at a particular group or part of the world. Although its origins are in the East, it is a universal religion. Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of origin, gender, lifestyle, or whatever.