Nothing wrote:I did initially want to follow the teachings of Buddhism but as a beginner, I'm a little concerned with all this talk about hell.
Are we talking a Christian/Muslim hell of fire and agonies forever?
There are many teachings in Buddhism. As Venerable Yuttadhammo said in his talk, we focus on the basic teachings to gain insight first. There is another route to develop psychic powers, etc., by means of which one can see past lives, other realms of existence, etc., but we can take the shortcut, and just try to understand suffering and its causes.
Leave aside for now those teachings that have no benefit for you.