July 28, 2010

5 (more) Buddhist iPhone apps

Tuaw.com, "the unofficial apple weblog," posted a blog today titled "5 apps for the Buddhist," the newest installment of their ongoing "5 apps for" series.  We have reported a few times in the past on Buddhist iPhone apps and we very highly recommend the free Access to Insight app (a mobile version of the Access to Insight website containing over 1,000 suttas, essays and audio talks by scholars and teachers, and much more) but this new list seems quite promising as well.

From the list on Tuaw.com,

Tuaw.com, "the unofficial apple weblog," posted a blog today titled "5 apps for the Buddhist," the newest installment of their ongoing "5 apps for" series.  We have reported a few times in the past on Buddhist iPhone apps and we very highly recommend the free Access to Insight app (a mobile version of the Access to Insight website containing over 1,000 suttas, essays and audio talks by scholars and teachers, and much more) but this new list seems quite promising as well.

From the list on Tuaw.com,

The Ultimate Buddhism Library ($3.99)

This truly is a huge collection of books. Specifically, 50 books on Buddhism are crammed into this one app. Many, like A Buddhist Bible ($.99) and The Creed of Buddha ($3.99) are available as stand-alone downloads. The Ultimate Buddhism Library puts them all in one app for just four bucks. It features that fancy page-flip that the kids like so much as well as bookmarks and a thorough search function.

Daily Buddhist Prayers ($1.99)

Here's an app in the Tibetan/Mahayana tradition. Daily Buddhist Prayers provides a number of prayers in Tibetan, also offering the Wylie transliteration and English translation, so you can read along as you listen to the audio in Tibetan. If you're short on time or away from your home or usual practice center, Daily Buddhist Prayers is a good companion for under two bucks.

Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism ($14.99)

Finally, an app that's less about practice and more about reference. The extremely comprehensive Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism provides a wealth of information on nearly all schools and traditions. You'll find beautiful photos, definitions and explanations, terminology and a lot more. In fact, there are more than 2,000 entries covering topics like major texts, important historical scholars and contemporary issues.

You can add your own notes, share your findings via email and more. It's a bit pricey at fifteen dollars but well worth it if you're looking for a portable, comprehensive guide.

Read the whole list here.

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fender5s2001's picture

I am sometimes amazed how the iPhone apps have reached into every conceivable area of my life. Used to be all about gaming and productivity, but as a long time meditator I wanted to make something creative that was different from all the usual timers and bells that were out there by the hundreds.

My friend and I made an app called Flowing Meditations where you can place seeds of time, Buddha inspirational quotes and musical breaks into a river to make different meditations, (that can also be saved for future uses).

I think this app will help get people into a daily meditation practice but it can be different every day.

Here is the link to the Flowing Meditations app:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flowingmeditations/id428852964?mt=8&ls=1

Chris

Doug's picture

One more worth mentioning (since I have it): Ashura 360

http://www.ashura360.jp/index_en.html

This is the phone app for Kofukuji Temple in Japan, home of the Yogacara/Hosso sect. I've been to that temple and seen the works of art still preserved (including the famous penitent Ashura statue), and it really was mind-blowing.

Review of the app here (good and bad):

http://japanlifeandreligion.com/2010/05/03/ashura-360-a-new-buddhist-iph...

Includes lots of artwork but also some nice Buddhist "manga" that was an unexpected treat.

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