PlainZen - A Zen Tutorial in Plain Language

A simple, easy to understand, tutorial of Zen and how to use it in your life. Written in plain language, this hopefully dispels the reputation of Zen as being 'mysterious', 'mystical', 'deep', 'hard to get' because of the difficulty in explaining its practice. Zen is actually very practical and simple if what is explained is what it's for and how to practice it. Other teaching books tend to get bogged down in Zen history, Zen terms and rituals. This tutorial tries to put those things aside first and concentrate on the essence of Zen: how it works, why it works, and how it makes our life better. Not a religion nor a cult nor a philosophy, Zen is a healthy mental attitude that can help anyone of any religious background or philosophy. Zen is basically 'yoga for the mind.' So keep your 'head' limber, stretched and relaxed, and make your life and others better in the process. The time to learn Zen is now.

Tap 'Read' to read the tutorial. When you quit and go back to 'Read', it remembers your place. Tap 'Contents' to jump to the different topics:


Learning Zen is no big deal
How our mind works
Realization#1: Thoughts and the thinker are no big deal
Meditation/Practice#1:Do an activity...
Realization#2: You and perfection
The Self
Reality: only one self
The outside world: The world is out there
Reality: no separation
Freedom from fear: Two kinds: regular and premium
Source of fear
What's there to lose?
Meaning: Life is a river
Outside looking in
Getting back in the flow
Zen practice: Meditation: calm you down
Koans: shake you up
Enlightenment vs guilt: aha!
Conclusion: Zen is yoga for the mind
Meditation/Practice #2: Severing duality
Meditation/Practice#3: When waking or before sleeping

CopyList and CopyListLT - copy paste remember list

If you don't like typing a lot on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and wish you had a list where you can copy and paste text easily and quickly, enter CopyList!

A quick and easy way to store text you use a lot or might use at school or at work.

Store the most used text in the shortcut list. For the less used text, you can store in category lists.

Just one tap on the text you saved and it's instantly copied to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad's copy memory ready for pasting in other apps.

Very easy to use. Affordable (get it now before prices go up). And you get two apps for the price of one: it was made for both your iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad!

Just added: iPad support for landscape and portrait.

Super intuitive. Super simple. Super useful.

TaoOfWisdom - The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
For people who think there's more to life than cable news, blogs, work, family, gadgets. Find the calmness underneath. Wade through the vastness. Be grounded amidst Life's uncertainties. Peek from a transformed point of view.

Long, long ago, before Lao Tzu left the imperial kingdom, he was asked by a gatekeeper to impart his wisdom before the world lost him altogether. What he left behind was the Tao Te Ching.

This version tries its best to capture the breath, meaning, poetry, and depth that Lao Tzu bequeathed the world, framed in the poignant pictures of artist-photographer Dollie Rubiano.

Available as a universal app in beautiful layout for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions, it is free for all to share, to be enlightened, to be enjoyed.

Swipe or tap at a page's side to go through the pages. Tap in the middle to hide/show the menu. Quickly go to the page you want via the Contents listing or via your own saved Lookup Tabs. Quickly bookmark a page by tapping on the bookmark icon. Just as briskly go back to your bookmarked page by tapping on the Go-To-Bookmark Arrow.

iDetective and iDetectiveLt - Logic Puzzles to enhance your mind

You are a part-time detective who helps out Inspector Thadeus Deprehensio, from the local office, who you affectionately call "Inspector Thad." Together, you will help solve countless cases, some easier than others, some challenging, which will keep your wits sharp, your mind logical, and the world a better place. If you need assistance, just tap the Help button which will reveal all--including the ability to shake this device to start over or to clear your notes grid.

In the free Lite version, select from 4 cases.

For the full version, select from 32 cases of varying difficulty.

Tapping on a case brings you to the main grid. Here, you'll see scrollable text that talks about the case and gives clues you'll need. Based on these clues, you can circle and cross out possible suspects.

Based on the clues and your grid notes, you enter your hypotheses in the Answer page where clicking on 'Check' lets you see if your answers are correct so far--letting you correct what you've missed.

Your changes are always saved! Should you decide to leave the current case unfinished because you want to work on another case, your answers as well as your grid notes are all saved so you can go back to work on them again at a later time.

So what are you waiting for, my dear detective? Get out your magnifying glass, your fingerprint kit and download this app from the iTunes Appstore! The game's afoot!

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HeadSlicer and HeadSlicer Lite - Face photo mix and match
What would you look like with Brad Pitt's eyes and Angelina Jolie's lips?

Now you can find out with HeadSlicer!

Just take a picture or get from an image from your Photo app. You can then adjust the size and positioning of your image by pinching with two fingers and dragging with one finger, following the guides so your facial attributes align correctly. You save the adjustments using "Save Zoom", add an oval effect to make the background of your images uniform, and...slice! Mix and match different foreheads, eyes, noses, mouths, chins/necks!

You can also easily undo the oval effect and the zoom adjustments by clicking "Revert".

Have fun seeing what you look like with your cousin's mouth, your classmate or officemate's nose, and your best friend's eyes. Import pictures of celebrities to your Photo app and start trying out their facial features on yours.

Create Photolist categories so you can have a different set of photos for your friends at the club, relatives, school friends, etc.

You can then save your HeadSlicer creation to the Photo app via "Capture" or email it via "Send."

You can also save your original photos via "Photo Save", put them in your various Photo Lists using "Add to Photolist." There's also a "Mirror" feature to adjust photos you took with the front-facing camera (or any photo).

HeadSlicer -- let your facial imagination run wild!

Taxi! Taxi! Help! SOS!

Stop getting ignored and passed by!

With flashing letters, SHOUTING bright neon colors, this app will help grab the attention of taxis, buses, passers-by, a doctor, etc.

Aside from standard 'Taxi' and 'SOS', you can also create your own flashing messages: HEY! FREE! SWIM! DATE! LOVEU!

Choose from a range of blinking neon colors: flaming orange red, neon green, neon blue, neon yellow, traffic sign yellow.

TaxiSOS: don't get mad, get blinking!

CalcBetwixt: Calculate overtime undertime
Calculate your overtime or undertime: just enter the 'From' date and time, and the 'To' date and time and walah! the number of hours and minutes worked is calculated. Click on the plus (+) button to add this to a list that's saved.

At the list view, enter your regular working hours and your overtime or undertime are calculated.

To see the list without adding to it from the startup screen, just click the middle CalcList button.

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  The Essence of Plain Zen

Awakening awareness that has always been inside of us, puts thoughts in its place. It subsides by itself, leaving what is. So we then live Life from a state of stillness, using thoughts when necessary, and when not needed, it subsides by itself.


The Present Moment is Life. There is no Past -- where is it? do you see it anywhere? There is no Future -- where is it? look around you, it is nowhere to be found. There is only Now. Live in it. Be aware of it.


Other people are not our descriptions of them, our statements about them. Really look at someone, without past conclusions. But just look -- as if seeing them for the first time. That's when you can have a relationship. Of course if they deal with you from their own set of conclusions, there's not much you can do about that. But at least, you see them and relate with them the way they really are. And that's all that's necessary in 'dealing' with others.


People keep asking, "What should I be doing?" Become aware first, and from that stillness will come the wisdom to guide you in your actions. As the saying goes, "Action without vision is just activity."


How do I differentiate 'awareness' and 'thinking'? Once you become aware of your thinking, then you have become aware. If you're not aware, then you won't know it, you're just blabbering about. Then there'll be times when you go, "Hey! I'm not aware!" and that's when awareness starts.


What happens during awareness? Just do it -- be aware. And then you'll see, rather than intellectually try to understand an explanation.


Be aware. Observe your thoughts. Let them flit in and let them subside by themselves without interfering. Observe what is around you -- where you are, what you see, hear, feel, how your body is positioned, how you breathe, how you sit or stand, what your hands and feet are doing. There! You're aware!

  Ninja Revenge on ISIS

Iga City, Mie prefecture, Japan. The dour gentleman in a salaryman business suit took off his sunglasses. He peeked into a dark black lens on the wall. There was a beep, then a grey door slid open.

About a dozen other salarymen and women were all seated in the room around a round conference table as the newly arrived gentleman entered. As soon as he sat down, all the people in the room, including the newly arrived gentleman, took out a brief case that was placed at the side of their chairs and placed them on the conference table.

They all opened in unison. Inside were shurikens -- star knives. A small samurai sword, the wakizashi. A white bandana with Japanese characters. All the men and women tied the bandana around their heads.

Night time. High above the ISIS-controlled desert in Syria, a transport plane's cargo door opened mid-flight. A small, black, carbon-fiber glider slid out silently. It manuevered the air with expert grace and gently alighted on the soft sand of the desert. A hatch opened and six black figured streamed out and went on a full-sprint, zigzagging along the nightscape. Their special shoes and running technique surprisingly erased their footprints as they went along.

They arrived at a small oasis made of clay ruins. It had a black ISIS flag planted at the middle of it, billowing in the night wind. This particular ISIS staging ground was supposedly where they held and killed the Japanese hostages.

There were guards with heavy arms posted along the walls, but they could not see the black-robed visitors hidden by the night.

Suddenly, shurikens thrown with accurate ferocity slashed through the guards throats, stifling their screams into muffled, blood-filled gurgles. They slumped slowly to the ground, dead. An ISIS soldier standing behind one of the stone walls who saw the fate of one of the guards was just about to shoot his gun to call attention when a black figure silently landed from above the wall with a samurai sword. With one slash of his katana, the ISIS soldier's head was split open and the hand carrying the machine gun was cut cleanly from his body.

There were 67 ISIS soldiers in that stronghold that night. They were later found by government troops with either their head cut off or their torsos slashed open with their insides spilling out. All their weapons were gone. Written in the men's blood on a wall were Japanese characters: "ISIS declared war on Japan. We will finish it. -- The Secret Society of Ninjas"