Need something last-minute for the Buddhist on your gift list this season? Never fear: Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar has a digital Tibetan Buddhist solution.
It is amusing to consider how many Buddhists use the Jesus Phone. Most of us have one, or we're anxiously waiting to get one -- just as soon as they're available on a carrier that actually works and doesn't charge an arm and a leg -- you hear that, Verizon?
Anyway, now there is a Medicine Buddha app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. You can listen to the ritual in Tibetan, while you read along in English or Tibetan, take your pick. It is great, it is free, and you know you are going to stop reading this and download it immediately.
This is from Buddhist Apps, where they have already developed things like the Songs of Milarepa app, and the Daily Buddhist Prayers app -- this last one, in particular, at USD $1.99 is really a superb value. You get basic daily prayers in Wylie transliteration, an English translation, and then the audio feature gives you word by word guidance. Visit their site to learn all about them, and get the links.
You will also want to take a moment to thank David Lee Lerner (1964 - 2010), who initiated and funded the Medicine Buddha app prior to his death. Because of his act, the app is provided free to everyone, and has already touched thousands of lives.