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A little Zen for a very un-Zen world

Simply put, Zen is a meditative practice to achieve serenity and peace of mind.

With origins in China as a Mahāyāna Buddhist discipline, Zen spread throughout Asia, including Japan, from where English gets the word.

However, Zen is an elusive state, one that Tang Dynasty poet Liu Changqing so beautifully struggled to describe; “Mingling with Truth among the flowers, I have forgotten what to say.”

Enlightenment isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a devout Buddhist to find Zen. May the following apps help you on your journey.

Inn the zone

Check into Yoritsuki for some serenity. The app puts you in a customisable Ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, that provides a choice of décor, season and even weather. The picturesque scenery is paired with ambient sounds tuned to help you relax while enhancing those Zen vibes.

    Yoritsuki

    Entertainment

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Exercise in futility

Build a sand castle by the sea, and watch the waves wash it away. That is the entirety of the Sandcastles app. Azure waters slowly melt away sand castles of varying shapes and sizes, returning the beach to its pure, untouched state. Your mind, hopefully, will follow suit.

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    Productivity

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Slow down for peace

PAUSE is a meditation app designed around Zen practices. Follow the dot on the screen with your finger until it fills with colour.

Close your eyes to lose yourself in the process. Time seems to slow down, and then comes to a standstill. Your troubles dissolve away. When you open your eyes again, a brighter world awaits. That’s the idea, anyway.

    Pause: Mindful moments

    Focus, Energy & Clarity

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