I have read up a bit on Buddhism in the past and done a little meditation, as part of my spiritual meanderings. Have been mainly humanistic and skeptical lately, but am investigating Buddhism again. I am looking for more inner peace basically, less anger about things that have gone wrong, or unfairly, or fear of aging and death and so on.
I once saw the Dalai Lama do a talk to a small group and saw him very close, and felt uplifted and happy in his presence. That is one reason among many that I feel Buddhism has things to offer, but I feel at the moment that Theravada is perhaps a simpler and purer form of Buddhism, closer to what the Buddha taught. I have just been watching some of Ajahn Brahm's talks and he seems to me to have a kind of compassionate and wise attitude that I would like to cultivate in myself.
I am unsure about some of the Buddhist doctrines, but feel I need to give it more of a chance, perhaps see if I can find a meditation class etc. However I looked into it a bit and am not sure if there is anywhere with a Theravada tradition in Nice, France, where I live. There is a Zen dojo and I think some kind of Tibetan group. Anyway, I need to start investigating more I guess.
By the way, regarding Buddhist terminology, is Dhamma/Dharma and Nibbana/Nirvana arahant/arhat etc a Mahayana vs. Theravada thing?