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If you want to enjoy mental clarity and be at your best, you don’t have to become a devoted Buddhist – but you can learn from their teachings and apply them to your everyday life.

Maybe you have an everyday meditation practice already. Maybe you’re like most of us, and you’d like to fit in some meditation but you just don’t seem to have the time. That’s where apps come in.

Apps can help you take advantage of transit time, lunch breaks and other instances of downtime to create your own meditation space and find balance in the midst of life’s chaos.

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Buddha Mind (iOS, $2.99)

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This app works best with a Bluetooth LE heart-rate monitor, but you can also use Buddha Mind on its own. When paired with a heart-rate monitor, this app allows users to track their own heart rates while meditating.

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If you’re struggling to get relaxed, you can use some of the app’s other features to achieve greater inner peace. Use the breathing bar to help regulate inhalations and exhalations.

While meditating with Buddha Mind, you’ll also see a series of soothing natural images, which, according to research, can help you relax. To add to the experience even further, you can listen to optional peaceful natural beach sounds.

The combination of all these factors is designed to help the user enter a deep state of meditation Learn Meditation On Any Device & Don't Spend A Dime Learn Meditation On Any Device & Don't Spend A Dime Contrary to popular opinion, you can meditate without a yoga mat, religious guidance, a peaceful personal space, incense candles, and any other apparatus. Here's a simple tool to help you begin. Read More , allowing you to develop the Buddhist values of emotional positivity and clarity of consciousness in yourself.

Download: Buddha mind for iOS

Buddhify 2 (iOS, $4.99 | Android, $2.99)

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Buddhify 2 is a clean, eye-pleasing app that covers a range of Buddhism-inspired mindful meditation practices with the goal of helping you be more mindful and calm during your busy day.

The app tailors more than 11 hours of custom mediation plans to specifically target 15 unique parts of your day, including your work breaks, traveling times and times when you’re working online. Some other helpful issues the meditation plans target include Pain & Illness, Feeling Stressed, and Walking in the City.

The app features more than 80 custom, guided audio tracks for mediation. These range from five to 30 minutes, so you can meditate in a time frame that works for you. The app also features a timer for solo meditation, and allows you to rate your mindfulness, concentration and balance each time you meditate for long-term progress tracking.

The app allows you to view your stats over time, including how long you meditated each day, and your quality of concentration, balance and mindfulness during each practice.

Lastly, the app also includes a community featured called “Together,” which allows Buddhify’s users to ask and respond to questions about meditation, stress and other relevant issues. If you see a thread that you find especially useful, you can quickly save it for future reference.

Download: Buddhify 2 for iOS | Android

The Ultimate Buddhism Library (iOS, $0.99)

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If you want something a little meatier than a set of quotes, The Ultimate Buddhism Library offers a huge repository of books – 50, to be exact. For less than a buck, you’ll have access to a multitude of books spanning four different topics: Modern Works, Southern Buddhism, Jataka and Northern Buddhism.

This is the ideal app for those who want to delve into the theory and practice that Buddhist monks engage in every day.

For many contemporary Buddhists, learning about essential and deeply detailed facets of Buddhism allows them to achieve a greater sense of peace. It’s especially helpful to get the available depth of knowledge that comes straight from devoted Buddhist monks and, in some cases, the sage Gautama Buddha himself.

Read these books as you would any other e-book, with page turning, bookmarking and a search function to make sure you always keep the most important texts on hand.

Download: The Ultimate Buddhism Library for iOS

Equanimity (iOS, $4.99)

Equanimity app

The historical figure Gautama Buddha taught meditation to foster calmness and emotional positivity. Also described as mind trainings, meditations are based on a number of different approaches, but all types of meditation will help you on your journey to inner peace.

Still, it can be hard to get into the habit of meditating every day – which is why Robin Barooah developed Equanimity, with its sleek interface for everyday mobile users. Unlike other timer apps, Equanimity was made specifically with meditation in mind, featuring a soft chime to let you know when your pre-timed session is complete.

To help those who want to form a daily practice of meditating, the app offers a number of trackers so you can see your progress. You can log the length of your sittings, as well as the time and the date on which you meditated.

By far, the best feature for tracking your personal meditation experience is the app’s notes feature, which allows you to enter thoughts and feelings about your emotional state during each sitting.

Jot down what you thought about or whether you experienced more distractions than usual. Making note of these intrusions is a huge part of mindfulness practice Practice Mindfulness With Help From Your iPhone & These Apps Practice Mindfulness With Help From Your iPhone & These Apps Inner calm and tranquility? There's an app for that. Read More , which is why it’s helpful to keep a diary of your meditations to track your progress.

Download: Equanimity for iOS

Daily Buddhist Prayers (iOS, $1.99 | Android $0.99)

daily buddhist prayers app

If you are committed to Buddhist devotions beyond meditation and want to keep all your prayers in one place, Daily Buddhist Prayers offers that space. Its simple, calming interface won’t take away from the experience of the text itself, which brings the wisdom of the original Buddha to your mobile device.

Contemporary English-speaking Buddhists often want to say the prayers and teachings out loud – or enjoy them silently – in their original language. This app shows prayers transliterated from the Thai alphabet to facilitate proper pronunciation, accompanying the transliterations with English translations or descriptions of the prayers.

Some Buddhists travel far and wide to learn from a true guru. To save plane fare and achieve similar inner peace, you can listen to the audio versions of the prayers listed in this app, recorded by monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

Download: Daily Buddhist Prayers for iOS | Android

Buddha’s Brain (iOS, $4.99)

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Are you interested in the science behind meditation and other practices designed to achieve inner calm and peace of mind? Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at UC Berkeley, wrote a book titled “Buddha’s Brain,” which he then developed into a companion app.

The Buddha’s Brain app offers concrete strategies for rewiring your own brain through Buddhist practices. Through Hanson’s practical neuroscience techniques, you’ll learn to take in positive experiences and release stressful ones, allowing you to feel happier, more confident and less frustrated Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes It's incredibly important to take the time to relax occasionally. It doesn't do anyone any good to constantly be ON, to be working, to be stressed by the rigors of everyday life. In the same... Read More overall.

Follow the guided meditations and read about becoming happier and healthier, or tap the button at the top to listen to each practice.

When used in conjunction with apps that support Buddhist meditative practices and mindfulness, Buddha’s Brain will help you feel one with the world.

Download: Buddha’s Brain for iOS

Get Peace of Mind Wherever You Go

These apps can do a lot to help you calm down, relax, and appreciate all the small things life has to offer. The best way to use Buddhist teachings is to reflect on them for at least a few minutes each day.

This will help you establish a habit How To Form A New Habit When It Seems Too Hard To Keep Going How To Form A New Habit When It Seems Too Hard To Keep Going Habits don't form overnight. Every year, we make these resolutions that call for major changes. If you want a new habit, you need to be ready for pitfalls and how to overcome them. Read More of mindfulness and develop long-term calming practices to help you feel more peaceful.

Do you enjoy Buddhism or Buddhist teachings? What other apps or resources do you use to achieve peace of mind? Tell us in the comments section below!

Image Credit: Alexis via Pixabay

  1. blatan
    January 28, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I'm very happy using Insight Timer, completely free with guided meditations of all lengths, timer and community.

  2. Jose A. Cosquet
    March 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    ....there's another way to use our phones in other to become a little more mindful....just leave it behind....switch it off....and go for a walk with a good friend.....as much as it is difficult to understand, some things are better when we don't measure them at all.....

    • Kayla
      March 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Also a really good suggestion, Jose! Thanks for the reminder that, sometimes, the best way to be more mindful is to unplug and just relax. Thanks for reading!

  3. Lena
    March 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    To learn to meditate, I recommend Headspace.com, which runs on a phone, tablet or computer. It's not formally "a Buddhist app" but is narrated by a former Buddhist monk with a delightful Aussie accent. I've been using it for 88 days -- 20 minutes a day -- and am becoming far more mindful of both what goes on outside and inside my head, and able to unwind. Love it. (I'm not affiliated with the company, just a satisfied customer.)

    • Saikat
      March 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Yes. And Andy Puddicombe's TED Talk is worth a listen too.

    • Kayla
      March 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      That sounds like a great app as well, Lena! Thanks for suggesting! =)

  4. Tolerant Leftist
    March 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Thanks, but no.

  5. Rober
    March 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

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