Matthieu Ricard: How do you find your way through the jungle of apps dedicated to meditation?

- through Fabrice Groult

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Meditation apps are all the rage. Most, in connection with personal development methods, satisfy their users. But how to navigate when one is a Buddhist practitioner? Focus on Imagine Clarity, presented by confirmed practitioners (most of them having more than thirty years of assiduous practice of Buddhism) and on the curriculum they present, including teachings and practices transmitted by great masters of Mahayana and Vajrayana. Matthieu Ricard participates voluntarily in this form of modern transmission.

How to choose an application dedicated to meditation?

Sites or other online applications offer all kinds of services, most of them geared towards personal development and well-being. For a Buddhist, there is a specific purpose to meditating, although feeling better or more attuned to oneself or one's surroundings may be a result of the practice. To meditate means “to become familiar with”, in other words to cultivate a new way of being, a particular quality, in this case compassion, altruism, etc.. But trying meditation takes a bit of discipline and strong motivation, even when we're tired. "It's too late, I have to go to sleep", "I'm not available on such a day, such a time", "I'm too restless, it won't work"... Who hasn't had such thoughts before starting? to practise ?

Do you have to be a Buddhist monk to practice meditation?

The practice of meditation is perfectly compatible with an active professional life and a family life. In this program, the emphasis here is on the notion of a benevolent mindfulness, combining the development of mindfulness with that of a more compassionate and altruistic spirit.

“The advantage of the Imagine Clarity application is that it is based on traditional teaching texts intended for everyone, Buddhists and non-Buddhists, and that it offers a fairly comprehensive range of meditative techniques. »

Meditation helps us to develop a more precise and refined understanding of reality and the laws of cause and effect, and to be less vulnerable to the reversals that inevitably occur in life. With a calmer mind, it is then given to us to act more effectively in the world and to contribute to the construction of a wiser, more altruistic and gentler society.

What more does Imagine Clarity bring?

The advantage of this application is that it is based on traditional teaching texts, intended for everyone, Buddhists and non-Buddhists, and that it offers a fairly complete range of meditative techniques. The notion of benevolence is fundamental there: vis-à-vis oneself, which obviously leads to that vis-à-vis others, because one cannot imagine becoming useful to others if one does not first have started by changing yourself. Every being aspires to happiness. We can all change our habits, we all have the ability to transform our mind and develop the factors that lead to authentic happiness, such as mental stability, resilience, generosity? These are skills that we can learn through practice.

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Fabrice Groult

Fabrice Groult is an adventurer, photographer and Buddhist who has traveled the world since a young age. After studying Buddhism in India, he embarked on an eighteen-month journey through Asia that took him to the Himalayas, where he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has traveled the world capturing images of Buddhist beauty and wisdom. He was a guide for ten years, and is now a journalist with Buddhist News.

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