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Plum Village: Zen Meditation

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mindfulness, Buddhist teachings; suicide, abuse mentioned.

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Teens and adults will find tons of tools to promote mindfulness, relaxation, and reflection in this user-friendly platform where Buddhism and mindfulness techniques interconnect. The interface is gimmick-free and super simple to use, with tools organized into clear categories. Users will find a wide collection of guided meditations and mindfulness resources that can be used to increase awareness, tackle anxiety and stress, embrace happiness and connections, and celebrate being in the moment. What makes Plum Village: Zen Meditation unique is its clear connection to Buddhist values and beliefs as interpreted by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Some of the content addressed in the Q&A and teachings is too complex to merely explore or understand with no context. It surfaces many serious topics, such as suicide, sexual abuse, and death, making it a questionable tool for teens. Especially when considering that there are other options out there that just focus on mindfulness techniques without emphasizing spirituality or religion, these factors might not make it a first choice. On the other hand, if you're curious about Buddhist insight or love TThich Nhat Hanh, this is the tool for you.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction : goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, initiative, personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection, Emotional Development : handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking, self-awareness, Health & Fitness : meditation, mental health
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 6, 2021
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Publisher: Centre for Applied Ethics Ltd
  • Version: 2.5.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up.
  • Last updated: August 10, 2021

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