Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Could meditation apps help the growth of Buddhism in the West?
The recent growth in the popularity of meditation has given rise to a range of meditation apps for phones and tablets. Most of these are secularized introductions to mindfulness-style meditations designed for stressed-out commuters (there doesn't yet seem to be a Lamrim app!) .
Nevertheless, there appears to be some potential here, both in terms of stimulating interest in meditation by way of mindfulness as described previously, and also the development of more specifically dharma-based apps.
So maybe it's time for the sangha to get programming! I'd do it myself but my programming skills don't extend much beyond FORTRAN, and I haven't yet found a mobile phone with a built-in punched-card reader.
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