Sunday, June 7, 2009

bSerene/Portable Meditation Instruction to Benefit a Great Cause

Lama David Bole, who is the resident teacher at Gainesville Karma Thegsum Choling, has created a great new iPhone/iPod Touch app called bSerene.

The app is a short introduction to meditation in three parts: sitting meditation, walking meditation, and overcoming obstacles to meditation in the form of overly excited mind or lethargic mind.

A really neat feature of the app is built-in timer that you can set for anywhere from 5 minutes to up to an hour.

I've been involved with Buddhist meditation for a number of years (although I would never claim to be an experienced meditator, primarily because I'm lazy), so I thought the app would simply provide a refresher course for me—but I learned new things from it, primarily in the sections about walking meditation and overcoming obstacles.

In addition to serving as Gainesville KTC's resident teacher, Lama David is an acupuncture physician who has a doctorate in educational psychology. He completed the traditional three-year Karma Kagyu retreat under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

bSerene was created by Apricle Technologies. Sale proceeds will support the creation of the Florida Tibetan Buddhist Center on Osprey Cove at Lake Santa Fe, between Gainesville and Jacksonville.

I think that in addition to providing pointers for experienced meditators, bSerene would be a good introduction to meditation for people who are overworked and overstressed, or people who are curious about just what meditation is and how it can benefit us.

bSerene is available in the Lifestyle section of the iPhone/iPod Touch App Store.

The word from Lama David is that there will soon be a version of bSerene for the Mac and, later, for the Blackberry.

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