iPuja - Buddhist meditation 4+

In practice

Fabrizio Bartolomucci

Designed for iPad

    • $1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Meditations are like drops of water filling a vase until it spins, iPuja allows that with a fraction of the cost of a regular timer. Now also for Mac.

Just find a peaceful location, comfortably sit on a couchion, place your iPhone on a stable location and touch the stick in the home screen of the app to be guided into your meditation session introduced by a beatiful chime expressly recorded from a seven metals bowl. In the course of the meditation the passage of time is marked by a bar: should you thereafter turn restless, you may unlock the iPhone and look for how much time is left without the need to stand up or interrupt your meditation. The end of the meditation period is again signaled by three gongs of the bowl, a notification and a vibration, useful in the case the device is in silent mode.

Buy once and use forever, differently of other apps: no renewal fee or subscription. Just please consider offering a voluntary Dana for the developer as a form of gratitude for his work for the support of you practice. A practical button offers this option.

Notwithstanding the app is especially focused on the Theravadin tradition, the default durations being the ones usually followed in the Forest monasteries of this tradition, followers of other traditions, as well beginners, may specifically adjust them to their present skill or interest. So both morning and evening Pujas may have their duration adjusted, free meditations may be set, relaxing music or Dhamma talks from the iTunes library may be played as a support, and intermittent single gongs may be inserted in the course of the meditation.
Moreover meditations may be interrupted in advance by simply nudging the device.

Meditation benefits from repetition and iPuja also assists you in that by both saving your sessions on your iCloud™ Calendar so to allow you to follow your progress and hopefully take encouragment from that, as well as allowing you to share them over the social networks in order to take a wholesome pride in your progress. The application also populates the new Mindfulness section of Health-kit with your meditation periods.

Given meditation is not enough for a stable spiritual progress, iPuja also introduces the meditator to the teachings of the Buddha by displaying a random Dhammapada verse illustrated by a beautiful picture from the Buddhanet portal at the end of the meditation.

Any practice benefits from the presence of others, and iPuja in fact allows to view the location of other meditators on the map with information on their experience and on whether they are presently meditating.
The laziest meditators may also become followers of more expert meditators and so receive a notification each time the guide start a meditation with the possibility of joining it.
The map also reports the monasteries, and soon also Dhamma centers, being entered by the users with information on how to contact them.

Of course Sila, or virtue, is a basic factor for the practice and we encourage you to take the five precepts before starting to seriously meditate, yet iPuja is not yet able to also help you in that too...

iPuja has been developed by an experienced meditator for more than 20 years in the Forest tradition of Luang Por Achaan Chah who is using it himself for his daily practice.

We do our best to provide a most effective and simple experience, but you are welcome to contact us at info@ipuja.net or on the contact form in our web site http://www.ipuja.net if you would like some features to be added or improved, as well as to review the app on the AppStore to report your experience for the benefit of other meditators.

IMPORTANT: the application uses local notifications for playing the timeout gongs even while the device is locked, please check in your settings that they are enabled for the application, should you experience problems. In order to inform other meditators of your location, please also grant the relative authorization.

What’s New

Version 9.5

Data in the calendar and in the sharing card has been fixed.
Random app restarts have been solved.
A banner confirms the time and type of your set meditation at start in order to possibly abort it in the case they are wrong.
Support for iOS 16.
Graphic adjustments for a seamless experience also on iPhone 14.

Ratings and Reviews

au261 ,

Not sure

First time use, I rang the bowl and that's it, you meditate. No way to adjust the time, no way to pause, no music. Basically it's the bell, I have my own at home I can use. No need for an app.

Developer Response ,

In order to adjust the times or select the kind of meditation you should touch the clock icon.

I-Opine-Again ,

Just what I was looking for

Buddha mind? Not quite, but this simple app is excellent for starting and ending meditations. Beautiful, sonorous bell.
I have to go to settings to un-lock my phone to get the closing bells.
Including the Dhammapada is a nice bonus, thank you.
I would love to be able to access that independently too.
Terrific work thank you.

Developer Response ,

The closing bell should play as a notification even in background, you have of course to unlock to open its notification.

Ken-Mag ,

App does not work

There is no way to adjust the time. As such this is an absolutely useless application.

Developer Response ,

There was a bug due to a major refactoring done to extending its functionaries promptly fixed. I just submitted an update to fix it that should be available in a few days. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

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