The Ultimate Buddhism Library (iOS, $0.99)
If you want something a little meatier than a set of quotes, The Ultimate Buddhism Library offers a huge repository of books – 50, to be exact. For less than a buck, you’ll have access to a multitude of books spanning four different topics: Modern Works, Southern Buddhism, Jataka and Northern Buddhism.
This is the ideal app for those who want to delve into the theory and practice that Buddhist monks engage in every day.
For many contemporary Buddhists, learning about essential and deeply detailed facets of Buddhism allows them to achieve a greater sense of peace. It’s especially helpful to get the available depth of knowledge that comes straight from devoted Buddhist monks and, in some cases, the sage Gautama Buddha himself.
Read these books as you would any other e-book, with page turning, bookmarking and a search function to make sure you always keep the most important texts on hand.
Download: The Ultimate Buddhism Library for iOS
Equanimity (iOS, $4.99)
The historical figure Gautama Buddha taught meditation to foster calmness and emotional positivity. Also described as mind trainings, meditations are based on a number of different approaches, but all types of meditation will help you on your journey to inner peace.
Still, it can be hard to get into the habit of meditating every day – which is why Robin Barooah developed Equanimity, with its sleek interface for everyday mobile users. Unlike other timer apps, Equanimity was made specifically with meditation in mind, featuring a soft chime to let you know when your pre-timed session is complete.
To help those who want to form a daily practice of meditating, the app offers a number of trackers so you can see your progress. You can log the length of your sittings, as well as the time and the date on which you meditated.
By far, the best feature for tracking your personal meditation experience is the app’s notes feature, which allows you to enter thoughts and feelings about your emotional state during each sitting.
Jot down what you thought about or whether you experienced more distractions than usual. Making note of these intrusions is a huge part of mindfulness practice, which is why it’s helpful to keep a diary of your meditations to track your progress.
Download: Equanimity for iOS