Hi everyone! I got such great answers and support for the questions I posted in the past few days, that I'd like to ask you something else.
I already searched for this on the forum, but couldn't really find an answer. In one a few of my previous posts I've said that I am considering starting to go to a Theravada Buddhsit temple. I will be trying two of them out in the next few days. They are both Thai wats. Additionally, as a few of you might remember, I am exploring the different vipassana techniques to see which one fits best for me, at least to begin with. I am curious about what techniques are typically taught to newcomers at Thai Buddhist wats.
Two questions for you:
1. What meditation methods can I -generally- expect at a Thai wat?
(I know this could be a potentially humongous list, but for instance, do Thai traditions typically only start you out with samatha techniques and only switch the advanced students over to vipassana? What sort of "beginner's" techniques do Thai traditions typically use: counting the breath, labeling, etc?)
2. Is it uncommon or unwise for someone to do begin doing a different method than what is taught at the Wat, such as the labeling technique?
Sorry, I really like my lists
Thanks so much, in advance!