Hello all, My name is Yuval and im new to your community
I am new to Buddhisem and Vipassana. About a month ago I was lucky enough to take a vipassana course (10-day in the tradition of Goenkaji and U Bha Kin). During this course I had a very intense expreince and got to new realisations of my life, I really feel that this course opened my eyes. I keep practising the technique everyday and i feel that it is still helpful.
After some internet research i found some information about other techniques of Vipassana-Bhavana in Theravada, like Mahasi Sayadaw technique. Many people wrote that the Mahasi technique has more benefits and easier to progress on the path. So i decided to take a look and read some books by Mahasi about the practical aspect as he see's it. I even tried Walking meditation and Mindfulness to breathing through the abdomen instead of the nostreals. I realize that to really try this method i have to take a course but in my country (Israel) the closet center to Mahasi tradtion is a center running by this teachers: http://metta.org.il/en/pages.aspx?CID=54My questions are:
If i find Goenka's method helpful in my life should i go to try a course in the Mahasi tradition?2.
Is it recommended to mix the two methods? (like doing a morning session with Body Scan and later do a walking meditation with noting?)3.
In the Mahasi method when i dont understand if noting is really thinking about the word or just be aware of the object? (Example: walking each step is 'lifting' 'moving' 'dropping' should i mentally say lifting moving etc.)4.
The center that i linked you to (http://metta.org.il/en/pages.aspx?CID=52
) teache's Mahasi tradition that went through Northern Thailand, Is it original Mahasi method?5.
What technique of Vipassana-Bhavana did Ledi Sayadaw teach? (body scan or noting or something else)Thanks you all for your time.