purple planet wrote:i remember a few stuff i read - are they true ?
if i got it right if you count the breath its samtha and if you dont then its vipasana
and i also saw : if you say "in" and "out" and focus on this its samatha and if you note the feeling its vipasana
when you say samatha-vipasana you mean to focus deeper by nose and also note secondery objects ? thats what i think i do at the moment not on purpose
what i meant in the question ( but i am intarested in hearing also about what you understood i was asking ) was does it make sense to do the meditation intentionally samatha and the whole day use labeling or is it not that useful and its better to do the same while meditating ( which makes sense cause thats what is tuoght but i wonder if its a big difference )
I think it might be helpful to keep in mind what samatha and vipassana involve.
Samatha = stability; calmness; non-scattering.
Vipassana = understanding; wisdom; insight.
I don't think that either can be done separately. There can't be samatha if the person doesn't understand how to do that... and there would be no vipassana happening if there is no stability, or non-scattering.
Everyone knows how to do both of those already, basically... but the point is to learn how to do it consistently, in any kind of situation. That is where the practice comes in. The Buddha gave us quite a few hints on how to do that, to deepen our own understanding, and stability... with the four noble truths, the eightfold path, dependent origination, etc.
I think samatha and vipassana can even be described just with the arising and the cessation of suffering... which was what the Buddha said he only taught.
Samatha is noticing it when the suffering arises, and noticing when it passes away. Vipassana is understanding when the suffering is arising, and understanding when it passes away. It's really that simple. The practice is just to develop that kind of habit.