Refugee wrote:Do any of you see a "drawback" in switching between the two modes of practice in a single session?
There are a few teachers around these days who say that there is no such thing as "samatha" or "vipassana" meditation, instead, they say that they are aspects of the mind which are developed in meditation practice.
Ajahn Brahm uses the simile of a couple going up a mountain called "Meditation Mountain". The man is called "Mr. Sam Atha", he is going up the mountain because it is so calm and peaceful up there. The woman is called "Mrs. Vi Passana", she is going up there because she wants to see the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Their dog, who happens to be called "Metta", comes up the mountain with them.
As they go higher and higher up the mountain Sam becomes more and more peaceful, but he also takes in the scenery. Vi enjoys the nice views, but she also finds it to be a very peaceful experience. Meanwhile, the higher up they go, Metta the dog wags his tail more and more.
In other words, the higher up "Meditation Mountain" you go the more stillness, insight and happiness comes to you regardless of what you started climbing for.