1) Why did you choose or what led you to being attracted to Mahayana (or Vajrayana) over Theravada?
2) Why did you choose the particular school of Mahayana that you associate with over the others?
3) What scriptures or traditional Buddhist writings have been most influential to you overall? This of course includes all sutras, tantras, the Pali Cannon, and texts like the Record of Linji....pretty much all non-modern/academic works.
1) I was attracted to meditation since young age. Just to see a photgraph of somebody sitting under a tree in meditation made my heart jump. I met some groups on my way, then practiced alone for some years, then in my meditation there came a tiny voice saying "Buddhism". It was something like that.
2) It choosed me. I was in desire for a teacher and the Lama there is a wonderful and very wise person.
And always in my life i have to struggle a little bit with the opposite of what i think i am. So i'm really no intellectual, but i came ashore to the Gelugs. There i have to train what is not my best quality: logical analysis. Sounds like a joke, but it is really very good for me.
3) influential texts? I'm better in listening than in reading.
But right now i study the lamrim (by listening and looking into a book of Tsongkhapa on the side, and i start to learn about the abidharma.
Very influental was also a german buddhistic internet-forum.
And this book was my first touch to buddhism, then i thought "This is it"
"Jeffrey Hopkins - Mitgefühl & Liebe" Compassion & Love