Pop Up Zendo is a meditation timer with nothing extra, just the basic tools you need to turn a moment into meditative space wherever you are. Designed and coded by a zen priest, a simple and graceful circle responds to a single tap by releasing itself breath by breath into an ‘empty’ screen - what zen people like to call ‘boundless’.

Three zendo bells ring to begin your period of meditation and one will end it, or you can simply press mute and sit in silence until the screen is empty. Just set the time, tap the screen, and enter the zendo.

There are no in-app purchases or anything in the way of institutional theory included, just your steps along an ancient path, and a new way to build mindfulness into your daily life. Pop Up Zendo is a simple tool to build a time for meditation or perhaps periods of intentional mindful activity and to bring a sense of calm and expansiveness into your life wherever you live and work. Perhaps an app that disappears from the screen may be just what your device is missing. Even in a technological ecosystem, there is space for a zendo.

What’s New

Version 2.0

Updated: Tap anywhere on the screen after the last bell to return to home. Also, increased timer size for smaller screens.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

NoviceZazen ,

What Else Do You Need?

This app is exactly what I was looking for. No “whistles” and the bells are *just* what’s needed. It’s so easy to use, the beginning bells give me a few moments to get settled and then I’m off for however much time I’ve picked. The final bell is perfect and bring me out of zazen comfortably. Thank you for making this app!

k. sodo ,

Minimalist and perfect

Fast download - bells, no whistles. After doing a sample meditation period, the screen remained blank. Not sure the directions were clear but now I realize a tap on the screen brings both the circle and line back up. Cool.

CJF Flynn ,

Clean design, easy to use

A really clean design with no frills, which I like. There are already enough things pulling me away from sitting; I don’t need my meditation app to do the same! Beautiful, simple, recommended.

App Privacy

The developer, Joseph Hall, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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