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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2012, 02:03:32 pm »
I'm afraid that listening to an alarm go off every few minutes is about as far away from the peace of meditation as it could get for me. However when first learning I suppose it could help.
Everyone's practice is different I know. It's just not for me, but they're great for recording and listening to Dhamma where otherwise you couldn't.

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I use an Enso clock.

I need a timer.  Ngnodro practice requires a certain amount of meditation time with each practice performed.

Neat thing about the Enso is you can do a preset for the practice and just run it.  Each segment can have a singing bowl/gong, a ting-sha or just an alarm with variable volume, etc.

Works really well for that kind of practice.

A also like to do a certain minimum amount of shamtha for regular sitting practice and don't want to be checking the clock all the time.  I set my Enso, turn it upside-down on the bookshelf next to my practice spot and I'm good-to-go. Out of sight, out of mind until the gong sounds.

I used to use one of those cheap egg timers but the alarm tone wasn't the most uplifted sound in the world.  It was really irritating, actually.  You'd get deep into your practice and then the frikkin timer would go off with the really irritationg "beepbeepbeeepbeep ...."until you picked it up and turned it off.

Not for everyone, though.  I know people who don't use timers, clocks, malas or any other device of that sort.  They get along fine.  Not me.  If Rinpoche instructs me to meditate for 20 minutes before beginning my Ngondro practice that is exactly what I do - 20 minutes.  No guesswork.

The Enso is also perfect for extened retreat.  Most centers disccourage laptops, pads and hand-helds and the Enso is great for timing practice AND doubles as an alarm clock.

Smokin .....

Althouh I suppose it was made by people to eat meat and therefore harm sentient beings so the Enso is probably a real POS.

So, buy a small sundial and a compass and use that instead.

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« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2012, 05:33:19 pm »
I'll weigh in. I have tried several Dharma related apps, most were discarded as their novelty wore off. (There's a Dharma lesson in that, too.) The apps that survived the cut: a meditation app called Equinimity. Access to Insight library app. An app called "Noble paths", which is a practice goal setting app based on 8fold Path. Dharma ebooks and podcasts in several formats, including a couple of comic books with stories from the Jatika takes and from the Dhammapada. I also have a great Mp3 collection of Pali chanting.

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« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2012, 06:31:56 am »
I'm a bit of a technophobe so I use an old alarm clock... :teehee:

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« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2012, 04:27:01 am »
Not the brass one with the two bells....
Not related I know but can anyone remember it?
I downloaded an mp3 talk on Buddhist cosmology I think from the BSWA site some years ago, and deleted it some time later (as you do) but would really like to listen to it again, but I can't remember where I downloaded it from in the first place... (Shrunken brain again) I think it was BWSA but they reorganised the site shortly afterwards and maybe it was lost forever.. :bigtears:

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« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2012, 08:03:04 am »
Not just reorganized... They lost a lot of their materials. Some of the talks they were able to find backups, but many were lost forever. I suggest looking through their entire catalog to see of they have the talk you are looking for.

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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2012, 10:04:53 am »
As far as using a timer, I find it quite necessary. when I meditate, I start with chants before I get down to nuts and bolts. When I don't use it, I may end up chanting for a long time and then meditating for just a 5-10 minutes, thinking I did it for a long time. So for me, It's pretty much needed. Your mileage may vary. I don't find that the bells and gongs interrupt anything, but that's just me. again, YMMV.

I also have Access To Insight on my cell. very handy.

Just one thing. Whenever I download Buddha images in the playstore, he always has swastika images on him. I thought that was a Jain symbol. What's up with that?
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« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2012, 01:06:39 am »
Swastika is used by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. It probably started as a sun depiction.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2012, 08:06:45 am »
It's also a First Nations/ Native American symbol. My brain explodes trying to explain that one.

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« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2012, 08:38:05 am »
It's also a First Nations/ Native American symbol. My brain explodes trying to explain that one.

The swastika's significance probably predates the arrival of humans in the western hemisphere.

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« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2012, 10:02:36 am »
Hmmm.... very interesting. Glad for the explanations. Thanks. I had no idea it was also a Buddhist symbol.
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Re: Using tablet or phone for meditation
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2013, 09:39:36 am »
Note though that there is a difference. The Buddhist symbol rotates clockwise. Others point counter/anti-clockwise, if memory serves.

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« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2013, 09:04:25 pm »
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Re: Using tablet or phone for meditation
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2013, 08:55:03 am »
Wow, the virtual shrine sound kinda cool and I'll check it out.

I downloaded a simple meditation timer on my I-phone a few weeks ago.  That's what it's called: meditation timer.  The basic timer is free and they have an enhanced timer for 99 cents more. I really like it.  It allows you to program how long you want to sit for as well as interval bells or chimes if you're fairly new like I am and need a little something to put you back on track now and then while sitting.  It also keeps track of how much you meditate, the averages.  It's very simple with no real bells or whistles but perfect for what I wanted.
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2013, 10:12:05 am »
for the iPhone you might like the free version of buddha box, mantras on a loop to Amitabha and
Om Mani Peme Hum  :namaste:

 


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