I'm sure there are many of these threads and they are probably made often, but I think that each one is tailored to the individual poster, so I made a new one for me.
The introductory material and resources linked in the sticky threads of this forum are very helpful and I have gathered a lot of links which are very helpful to me. The problem is that I feel very overwhelmed because there is so much and it is all very unfamiliar to me. It is not that there is not enough or the right information out there, but I don't know where to start. I don't really understand the differences between or aims of vipassana, samatha and metta meditations.
So any points in the right direction for information on meditation types, aims and instructions would be very helpful. I have read that different teachers advocate different things - so, is there any particular teachers that have audio talks that are particularly aimed at people who know next to nothing about meditation in the Theravada tradition? Over the last few days I have been listening to the "Basic" set of 50 talks by Thanissaro Bhikku, but he doesn't go much into the theory, which would probably be more helpful for me.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."