Episode 74 - The business of Buddha with Rohan Gunatillake

 

Beautiful global time tool http://worldchatclock.com/?a%5B0%5D%5Bname%5D=Singapore+ST&a%5B0%5D%5Btz%5D=Asia%2FSingapore&a%5B0%5D%5BisHome%5D=true&a%5B1%5D%5Bname%5D=London&a%5B1%5D%5Btz%5D=Europe%2FLondon&a%5B1%5D%5BisHome%5D=false&a%5B2%5D%5Bname%5D=New+York+City&a%5B2%5D%5Btz%5D=America%2FNew_York&a%5B2%5D%5BisHome%5D=false&isAP=1

Rohan mindfulness tool manifesto Blog https://medium.com/@rohan_21awake/10-things-i-hate-about-mindfulness-2b9836f6bc9a#.57dro46lc

Rohan's background: Dad, 35, Culturally Buddhist, Scotland for costs, Dog lover, Lifestyle designer, mindfulness based product creator. 

Slow Movement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_movement_(culture)

Dualism of slow and fast life?

Prioritizing wellbeing in an urban environment over "work life balance"

"As soon as you draw a line in the sand you start a war"

"The duality of the forest and the city is incredibly pervasive"

The contextualize application experience of Buddify http://buddhify.com

People are terrified to go home after they go to retreat, so how do you solve this challenge?

Applying design principles to the mindfulness world.

Lowering the barrier to entry vs defining a journey. The church of mindfulness objective to turn everyone into meditators vs solve their problems.Is the application "Headspace" application the future of mindfulness applications?

Meditation app's that are 50-100X investment

Subscription mindfulness (Calm.com, Buddify)

Old school Buddhist, "Where is the suffering"

"We are creating a generation of people who can only meditate with an app"

Buddhist applications, they should be designed to use and stop!

Buddify is a 5.00 product with no subscription so you could start using it and not have to live with it for the rest of your life.

Inapp purchase is hiding content, all the areas of your life should be available.

"My motivation is to create, creative, independent meditators"

The business model for Buddhism should be build for the journey.

Is there technical magic with Buddify, how does know what I'm doing it?

The jogger who couldn’t run because of technology https://twitter.com/chrisdancy/status/680836354796851200

The culture of interdependency with applications.

The grokking of the practice "Mindfulness apps are teaching mindfulness but they maybe not building wisdom"

Five years of mindfulness apps, we solved access, now lets solve dependency.

Dukkha - is a Buddhist term commonly translated as "suffering", "anxiety", "stress", or "unsatisfactoriness - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dukkha

The value of group meditation vs plugging in headphones and listening to an app.

Historically meditation was done in  communities.

Sharing the practices deepens it

How do we bring social and mindfulness back? 

How do you use social technology to be mindful in spaces together?

Insight timer https://insighttimer.com

Seeing others meditate http://rainemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/insight-timer-web-page-screenshot.jpg

The business of mindfulness vs the garish capitalism of contemplative technology. 

After the interface, where do you focus mindfulness products?

Are mindfulness apps a paradox? The world of pathologizing technology.

Mindful Cyborgs Meetups http://mindfulcyborgs.com/meetups/

"This is happening" The book https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/rohan-gunatillake/this-is-happening

Books are still an urgent medium. 

"This is happening" was written because there wasn't a book about technology and mindfulness in modern day lives.

Digital Detox is not a way forward for digital mindfulness.

Being mindful with a three-month old baby? 

What does the world look like when he's 15 years old in 2031?

Instead of making mindfulness apps, let's take what we know of mindfulness in our products.

Staying up Rohan: http://rohangunatillake.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/rohan_21awake