Buddhism is about being here and now.
Unlike other religion, Buddhist strive to become Buddha. Buddha is not an Almighty God that is the supreme master of all beings. Buddha is an enlightened being and Buddha taught everyone how to become just like him. (To become Buddha)
The Dharma is not just fables and tales. Dharma are practical advice that we have to practice in life. Give it a try. Experience it and verify its benefits.
In this perspective, Buddhist traditions have an array of mental exercises and practices to help us develop ourselves.