For most of my life, I considered myself a Buddhist. When I was about fifteen years of age, I formed a two-and-one-half foot tall figure in meditation, a Buddha, out of papier-mache that was painted black. I did not find much to read about the subject other than various books from Max Muller’s Sacred Books of the East series from the local library. The Rigveda is part of the collection, although I did not attempt to read it until around the age of fifty.
It was around that time the Tibetans began arriving in the area with their form of Buddhism with lots of pomp and circumstance. They call it Mahayana, or the Great Path. There are four traditions in Tibetan Buddhism and I associated with three over a span of ten years. During a weekend dissertation on the Prajnaparamita Sutra, I learned two important details that caused me to quit.
During the dissertation was a long mind-numbing section devoted to a fictitious description of the hell realms, and the horrors that befall the dead for the horrors they committed during life. The main issue with that is that there is no more hellish place than what occurs upon the earth. Ask those who have difficulty obtaining enough food to live, or clean water, a place to live, suffers constant pain, lives in a war zone, or is running from violence. The earth is big and dangerous, but kindness towards others helps everyone, and such seems to be lacking now.
After life and before rebirth the spirit resides in space, they say that you reside in the hands of the Lord during that time. I think it is likely true, although I do not remember, and do not know anyone else who remembers, but either way that is not hell but heaven. Being devoted to one of the earthly religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and so on requires faith, and when something is so wrong in the teaching faith in its validity dwindles.
That is one of the two reasons I quit Mahayana Buddhism. I will tell you the other reason in a couple of weeks because it is in two parts. Discovering the true path is neither of the two parts, but the main reason of having no faith in any of the earthly religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and so on.
Here is a verse from the Veda for change.
A day of Brahma is a gift,
And to despair,
Chant AH as heaven to change.