Given my respect for you, and my curiosity, I would like to ask your opinion on the books Radical Acceptance and, especially, Buddhism without Beliefs by Steven Batchelor . I’m still inquiring into what form of Buddhism to follow. If you have time, I would like to ask you a follow up question later.
Bless you and thank you for the good work you do.
Worry less about what tradition you are to follow, and worry more about learning Buddhism and doing the practice. You will eventually find a group that supports you.
The importance of a sangha is like a bunch of stones in a bag. Eventually their rubbing together smooth each other.
Nevertheless, it is not a sangha that practice Buddhism. It is your study and practice. It is your commitment to sitting on the cushion and meditating and then applying your study and practice to daily living.
I have had the pleasure to start attending (after years of only attending my Theravada temple) other temples. It is certainly different. Sitting in a Bon, Zen or Tibetan temple is a totally foreign experience but valuable in getting your head out of the singular thinking that your tradition is the only valid one.
Learn and embody the Four Noble Truths, develop a daily practice of Loving Friendliness, work on eradicating the three poisons of Aversion, Clinging and Ignorance. This is what is important for now.