let me begin with a little background, as this is my 1st post. i was given thich nhat hanh's "heart of the buddha's teaching" as a gift about 6 months ago. i had no real knowledge of buddhism, or even any interest in it, but i decided to read it anyway. well, as it turns out, i couldn't put it down. i loved what it said and felt it really spoke to me. i began reading and studying as much as i could. for whatever reason, my search led me down the theravada path. i started reading the pali cannon and i read "mindfullness in plain english" and began a meditation practice that led me recently to a 10-day goenka retreat, which i left after day 5. i'm not here to poo-poo goenka or his "followers", but i got a very bad vibe from the retreat. since then i have found myself, for many different reasons, questioning the theravada school of thought. i'm not saying there is anything wrong with it, i'm just saying i'm beginning to think it is just not for me. when i first read TNH'S book, it made me feel "happy", but after spending alot of time over at your sister site "dhammawheel" i got the impression they look at "happiness" as something to be avoided. that just doesn't speak to me.
which brings me now here.
at the suggestion of a few friends, one who is into soto zen and another who is into kwan um zen, i have decided to see if somewhere on the "other side" of buddhism is where my path leads me.
there are so many choices to make. so many different forms of what we call "buddhism". so my 1st question is one i'm sure you've all heard a thousand times - can you suggest a good book (i like hard-copy instead of web-sites. a little old-fashioned, i know, but i like to read books) that would give me a good look at the different types of buddhism, what the major differences between them are, etc.?
i plan to re-read TNH's book again, because that book is what got me interested and excited in the first place, but i really want to jump right into this "search" i'm on with some new books.
still searching.... still searching.....