Meditation timer app?

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Meditation timer app?

Post by LoveFromColorado » Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:11 pm


Cany anyone recommend a good meditation app with a gentle tone that can be a timer, a reminder to meditate, and silence other notifications (i.e. Do Not Disturb)? I have an app on Android creatively named "Meditation Timer" which is great and does most of this (except the reminder) but the actual timer sound is a jarring gong sound. If there could be a more gentle sound (like a softly struck prayer bowl) then that would be preferable.

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Post by boda » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:02 pm

There's a good one called: Insight Timer. Lots of sounds and controls, but I don't think it has a feature for turning off all notifications.

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Post by LolCat » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:47 pm

Try Insight Timer, you can choose the tones for starting and ending sessions. It also has the reminder feature I think, I have never used it though. The one downside may be that it may be Overkill, it has a lot of other stuff you might not care for.
Tergar recently put out a meditation app which I think has the features you want, but I haven't used it yet.

Edit - didn't see the previous post recommending insight timer already. :|

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Post by Jeff H » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:23 pm

I use Insight Timer and like it very much. It's got way more extras than I care about at all, but it's not like you're paying for anything you don't use, it's free. I'm sure some people find the frills useful.

I only use the timer. It has a very good selection of chimes. You control the volume and the number of times a bell chimes (1, 2, or 3). You can create any number of pre-set sessions for different length sessions and with different bell configurations.

I see the Android version does have a reminder and a do-not-disturb. But when you select DND, it says you must give permissions, and it isn't clear to me what the different permissions are. You could experiment and see what it does. I just use Android's built-in DND. I set it with a swipe and 2 taps.

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Post by LoveFromColorado » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:27 pm

Perfect! I could not find the DND setting and just did - thanks for the help. A much gentle tone now :)

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Post by passel » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:48 am

You don’t need a gentle tone; literally anything will do, no need to fuss w conditions.
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Post by mikenz66 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:56 am

I like this very simple timer with a nice bell tone: ... imer&hl=en
All it does is time. Plays a quiet bell at the start and a louder bell three times at the end.
While any tone would be fine for personal use, a pleasant tone is handy in a group setting (rather than carrying around a physical bell...).

As others have said, turning a phone silent is easy, so I don't need the timer app to do that for me.


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Post by Wayfarer » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:42 am

Insight Timer is brilliant. Look no further.
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Post by Emmet » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:50 pm

I'd practiced for years with some very strong brick-and-mortar sanghas. When I became ill, we moved to a small rural village to be closer to family. Insight Timer is programmable; I was able to select a chime which sounded very much like the inkin bell at my "home temple", and set the sequence and interval just like I had been taught as doan, then save it as a routine I could activate at the touch of a button. After keeping time for the sangha for so long, having Insight Timer do it for me seemed quite luxurious, and I found the continuity of familiar sounds and routine comforting, and helped ease the transition from group to solitary practice.

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Post by Anders » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:56 am

I use the zazen meditation app. I like the feature of it having multiple rounds.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
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As your companion in practice"

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Post by Admin_PC » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:43 am

Wayfarer wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:42 am
Insight Timer is brilliant. Look no further.
Just started using this one because my old go-to Zazen Suite app stopped working at some point.
I like it so far. The social aspect of it is surprisingly motivating. Just wish there were more modes (like "sutra").
Always open to adding new friends on there, if anybody's interested just hit me up in PM.
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