paulbear wrote:I've recently started my research and desire to practice Buddhism but I came across a dilemma and I'm not sure the significance or the importance of choosing one. I've come across different opinions via internet but I would like to ask here Are these 2 branches similar and what is the differences. I was thinking I should research both and see what resonates more is this wise? Blessings and peace Paul
starting with what resonates more with you to start is (in my opinion) better than going with the flow of everyone else. it could be the more popular opinion with those you ask, yet not really suitable. Although after saying that, that does not mean both are equal or one is better than the other, only that with either you choose you should be circumspect about where it is leading you as either can be held wrongly.
The practice of the Dhamma should lead to peace, calm, and fewer entaglements (although this doesn't mean fewer participations with things).
Good luck in your search and whatever side you opt to start with don't ignore others advise.
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