This question is formed because of another thread here, A directive for a non-sectarian approach to practice (HHDL).
This thread has, to me, become a 'my Buddhism is better than yours' type of thing.
I am studying the 'Discovering Buddhism at home' series from FPMT and am really learning a lot.
Now I'm only in the first part of the series, Mind and it's Potential, which is really awesome in my opinion.
But as I read through different forums, of different traditions, I find that there are many things to be learned.
And all paths lead to the same end.
I also haven't found a group near me I can practice with nor found a teacher, that will come in time I'm sure.
Everyday I do my practice, as from the start, in the direction of the Gelug tradition.
As well as sit in meditation for about 20 +\- min a day. Sometimes more than once.
I've changed from eyes closed to eyes open, and it seems to be working better for me as my mind doesn't really 'wander off' for lack of a better term.
I've been reading more from the free publications of Dharma Drum Mountain in the Ch'an tradition and these also are helping me to develop along my path.
So to my question, why follow one tradition?
Thanks for your replies.
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~
If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~
One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them