Programmer Gordon Shot well launched a new addition to the app world last year: the Shamble Meditation App, which uses a drag-and-drop interface to let users arrange their own routine of talks, timers, and gong sounds. Other Buddhist apps include digital dictionaries, prayer books, scriptures, males, timers, and bells.
Most of these, Shot well explains, are created by and for small sang has that have no intention of marketing them to a mass audience, so they tend to be rudimentary and buggy. With 750,000 regular users, Insight Timer includes hundreds of talks and guided meditations, customizable sounds, and 2,500 spiritual discussion groups.
“I think that for way too long, we’ve allowed our ideals to cloud our practical ability to create high-quality and culturally relevant forms.” Many practitioners, like Zen priest Karen Mae zen Miller, simply feel that a Buddhist app misses the point.
By putting a meditation app on your phone, she says, you have at least taken a first step in recognizing an addiction to distraction. Liberate meditation aims to support the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community.
The free meditation app features dharma talks and guided meditations by Buddhist teachers of color, like Ruth King, Gina Sharpe, and Muslim Patricia IKEA. Awaken, created by Ravi Mishra, offers meditation instructions to help users explore social issues like race and gender.
Stop, Breathe, & Think was created by Tools for Peace, a not-for-profit founded by Buddhist teacher Lama Choral Goats Nubia that is dedicated to fostering kindness and compassion. It’s stocked with a few free teachings by Shamble teachers, with more available with a paid subscription.
While the founders shut down Buddhist Geeks at the end of 2016, the app lives on with the podcast’s full library of content. Buddhist practitioner and news anchor Dan Harris teamed up with Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzburg and Joseph Goldstein to create 10% Happier, a collection of guided meditations to teach you to meditate.
Choose an activity and Buddhist will give you a selection of meditations to undertake it mindfully. Imagine Clarity is an online meditation course by famed Buddhist monk Matthieu Richard, with more than 100 video and audio tutorials in English and French, photography by Matthieu Richard, and daily content.
The app also has a social justice component: some proceeds go towards Richard’s humanitarian organization, Karuna-Shechen, which provided immediate and ongoing on-the-ground relief to over 200,000 villagers following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Shamble Publications offers an app version of Pea Chevron’s best -selling book, When Things Fall Apart, including the text of the introduction, the audiobook read by Pea, and contemplation cards.
Guileful is a new meditation and mindfulness platform from Justin Whitaker and Bob Funk. The free iPhone app includes news, videos, and photos, as well as a schedule that allows users to track the Dalai Lama on his tours around the globe and watch live streams of his scheduled teachings.
Inspired by a Bhutanese folk saying that says everyone should contemplate death regularly, Croak will alert you to your inevitable demise randomly five times throughout the day. The app delivers a quote with the alert and invites you to take a moment of meditation.
The app isn’t specifically Buddhist, but it certainly sounds like a good aid to dharma practice. Our sincere wish is that these Buddhist teachings, guided practices, and stories can be a balm in these difficult times.
Elmore likes the Calm app when she's feeling choosy about her meditation practice. After all, the app provides guided sessions ranging in time from 3 to 25 minutes.
“There are new meditations every day, progress trackers, and seven-day and 21-day programs for beginners,” Elmore says. Experts across the board agree that Insight Timer is prime when it comes to choosing a meditation app.
“This app has many of the most experienced mindfulness teachers on it, and allows you the freedom to pick and choose depending on how long you have to practice, what style you'd like (e.g. body scan, loving kindness, anxiety/stress reducing, etc. Fans of Aura like it for its daily meditations, life coaching, nature sounds, stories, and music, which are all personalized based on the mood you select when you open the app.
There's also an option to track your moods and review patterns in how you feel, and set reminders to breathe and take breaks for mindfulness throughout the day. Sativa is a mindfulness app that draws its medications from ancient Vedic principles.
In addition to 6-minute-plus guided meditations, the app features “sacred sounds, chants, mantras and music by Sanskrit scholars.” Sativa is perfect for anyone looking to get more in touch with the history and origin of meditation in addition to starting their own practice.
Plus, you can customize your workout by choosing the length, teacher, and/or level you want, as well as a variety of topics and focal points that can help you zero in on specific meditation goals, Cruikshank says, adding that the app is a great option for new or experienced meditators. The main focus of the app is to help you reduce stress and anxiety and get better ZZZ.
It's a tailored experience, and even the names of the playlists feel hyper personalized (think Tinder Troubles, Study Chill, Overcoming Your Fears). Buddhify offers over 200 meditations to help with issues like anxiety, stress, sleep, pain and tough emotions, and you can pick from multiple teachers so the voice and style resonates with you.
The big perk of Buddhist is that is has mindfulness exercises that you can do anywhere, and that ares super specific (for traveling, at work, waking up, eating, and spending time online). Smiling Mind was developed by psychologist to encourage mindfulness practice as a pillar of wellness, much like daily exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating The app has simple 10-minute daily meditations, which are broken into categories by age (7 – 9, 10 – 12, 13 – 15, 16 – 18, and adults).
Simple Habit features five-minute meditations from top mindfulness experts at Google to former monks, so there's a little of something for everyone. Based on the book by the same name (by ABC news correspondent Dan Harris) the 10% Happier app is perfect “for the skeptic who is not sure that they want to meditate,” according to Elmore.
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On Apple's list of Best apps of 2016', Zen offers a diverse and ever-growing amount of content and features, such as: • Guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise, and sleep.• Weekly new Guided Meditations for relaxation, deep sleep, mood improvement, anxiety relief, stress reduction, focus at work and much more.
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Inhale peace and exhale the day with simple, guided breathing techniques that are paired with beautiful nature sounds to lull you to sleep.• Personalized meditation and mindfulness experience Your Zen subscription will automatically renew at the end of each term and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account.
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After fixing some minor bugs and improved the apps overall performance, we also simplified your choice of content, making it easier to find the perfect meditation in the “For you” tab. We've optimized the search engine, favorites and recent with our new AI based 'smart results'.
For those who want further relaxation (everyone, raise your hands), you can unlock achievements as you explore more in the app. Due to some “fluke” in the app, it made me sign up for 2 trial memberships.
This is an amended review as after dealing with their very responsive customer service, they were not only apologetic, but they truly showed they care and offered me a very acceptable solution. Unlike other reviews which are critical for the fact that this app charges for memberships, I completely understand that an app developer needs to make it worth their while to pull together so much content and all the coding involved behind that process, so it is completely understandable that they would charge a fee in my opinion.
Furthermore, this app is very inexpensive considering some of their counterparts charge more for an annual membership plus after exploring this app, I realized it contains a ton of FREE content for those who either don’t want to or can’t afford to pay. Points system is also a great idea as it helps keep me accountable for my time spent meditating.
I was overwhelmed with emotion and gained amazing insight in such a short period of time. The developer, Movement, Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below.