Welshmatt wrote:Hi everyone,
Just read my first book- buddhism for beginners by Thubten Chodron! It was a great basic insight into buddhism , but I'm left with a few question..... How do I know which tradition is best for me to follow? I was told on another forum to read up and a few and that's the only way I will know where to go? I was also advised of a tradition to avoid! Any ideas on what follow up books would be best for me?
On the web, a lot of information is available at Access to Insight.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/
There is a lot of material there, including this introduction/outline of the Dhamma:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/
So far as books, Refuge by Thanissaro Bhikkhu is a good introductory book based largely on collected quotes from the Pali Canon.
It is also available for free online:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/refuge.html
So far as picking a tradition or a teacher, I think it might be useful to review the Buddha's advice to the Kalamas when they asked a similar question. I recommend reading the entire sutta, as it often has pieces quoted out of context which can lead to an incomplete understanding of what was taught.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html
AN3.65: Kalama Sutta wrote:As they sat there, the Kalamas of Kesaputta said to the Blessed One, "Lord, there are some brahmans & contemplatives who come to Kesaputta. They expound & glorify their own doctrines, but as for the doctrines of others, they deprecate them, revile them, show contempt for them, & disparage them. And then other brahmans & contemplatives come to Kesaputta. They expound & glorify their own doctrines, but as for the doctrines of others, they deprecate them, revile them, show contempt for them, & disparage them. They leave us absolutely uncertain & in doubt: Which of these venerable brahmans & contemplatives are speaking the truth, and which ones are lying?"
Since you say you are a householder, I would recommend also reading the layperson's code of discipline as described in the Sigalovada Sutta:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.31.0.nara.html