Best Online Meditation Resources
Technology can be a huge headache, an addiction, and a distraction. However, we can also use it to help ourselves grow, learn, and connect with others. There are tons of great resources out there to find information about mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. Here are a few of our favorite resources.
One Mind Dharma
One Mind Dharma is one of our favorite websites. With a huge variety of offerings related to meditation, they are a great one-stop shop for all things Buddhism and mindfulness. They offer daily guided meditation emails, free podcasts, an informative blog, online meditation courses, and one-on-one meditation coaching. They also have a free mobile app you can use to listen to meditations, read their blog, and more! You can check out a guided meditation for sleep on their YouTube channel!
What makes One Mind Dharma unique is that they are a small organization. They have a meditation center in Northern California, and are run by a young couple passionate about making these practices available to all. If you don’t have money for one of their offerings, they can help you join something for free. Run largely on a donation basis, One Mind Dharma is a true light in the world of online meditation resources.
Insight Timer is a meditation app, and not technically an “online” resource but a digital one! There are a lot of meditation apps out there and available, and many of them are great. However, Insight Timer is by far the best in our opinion. It has many great features, is largely free, and has a huge community using it. The main feature of Insight Timer is a meditation timer. You can set beginning and ending bells, change the time of practice, and put interval bells throughout the meditation to help keep you on track.
There are additional features that are definitely useful as well. There’s a huge library of guided meditations you can listen to for free. With teachers from all different traditions and backgrounds, you’re sure to find something that works for you. There’s also a strong community of fellow meditators on Insight Timer. You can join groups, chat with other people, and meditate when others are meditating. It’s a great way to connect with an online community and other people who practice. With the stats and encouragement, you can building a meditation practice.
Dharma Seed is a site offering a ton of meditation talks and guided practices. Coming from the insight meditation tradition largely and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, there are a variety of offerings available. Most of Dharma Seed is free, while some talks are restricted to those who went on retreat recently. There are talks on every topic under the sun, and meditations covering a variety of Buddhist practices.
One of the things we love about Dharma Seed is that there are all levels of talks and meditations. There are practices and discussions for those new to practice, and those with years of experience. There are topics related to foundational Buddhist teachings, and ones related to everyday life. From social issues to Buddhist history, you really can find it all on Dharma Seed.
Access to Insight
Access to Insight is one of our personal favorite resources, but it may not be for everyone. It is one of the biggest directories of Buddhist suttas, or discourses. Translated largely by Than Geoff, a Buddhist monk in Southern California, Access to Insight is the best place to find what the Buddha actually said. Than Geoff has been a monk for many decades, and is one of the foremost scholars of the Pali language in the West. His insight and knowledge have helped him translate the Buddha’s teachings into English to make them available to all.
In addition, Access to Insight has some great study courses and guides. If you’re overwhelmed by the huge amounts of teachings offered in the Buddhist tradition, the study courses and guides offer a great place to start. You could spend your whole life going through the suttas and likely never get to read all of them! No time to start like the present!
Finally, we have YouTube. Yes, the video sharing social media site. YouTube has a ton of different offerings for those interested in meditation practice. There are guided meditations, dharma talks, and more from teachers spanning many traditions and lineages. Whether you’re looking for a zen meditation or a new-age visualization practice, you can absolutely find what you’re looking for. Best of all, it’s free! Here’s a meditation we love from one of our favorite teachers, Tara Brach: