Sri Lankan (origin) Rohan Gunatillake has been named to Wired’s Smart List (of people about to change the world). He was nominated by a video game designer for his work on Buddhist meditation, primarily, and moves to sort of gameify that, notable through the Buddhify app.
From the Buddhist Geeks conference to the apps, it’s very interesting work. Mindfulness mediation has gained worldwide acceptance as psychological therapy, backed by numerous studies showing that it actually changes your brain, reduces stress, etc.
What Rohan is doing seems interesting, I’m just listening to his podcast on the Buddha and the beginning of the ‘awakening industry’. Which is an interesting way of looking at it at least. He says ‘I see the Buddha as the first proto management consultant’. Which is interesting.
I think Buddhism has a lot to inform all facets of life, but I’m still curious as to how it can connect to innovation, and how technology connects to it. Going to download Buddhify and try it out.