ihrjordan wrote:Hi I have two questions first why do some people choose one meditation method over another...
For me the important issue is availability of local teachers. My local Wat used Mahasi style, so it makes sense to be doing that, and I find it works fine for me.
I think noting is a small part of the approach (and some kind of awareness has to, of course, be part of any approach), but unfortunately it becomes inflated to "the key feature". The approach is to having a grounding/primary object to build concentration, and being aware of as much as possible that arises at all times. Actually, that's not so different from what most people teach, except that for more concentration you return to the primary object as quickly as possible.
If you don't have a teacher, I recommend listening to one of Patrick Kearney's retreat series of talks: http://dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html
which include a lot of Q&A about technique.