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Meditation Cushion

Postby Mikeliegler » Thu May 02, 2013 12:02 pm

Can someone make a suggestion or advice to a handicapped newbie on selecting a meditation cushion. I have Peripheral neuropathy in my legs and would have a very hard time trying to fold my legs.
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby alpha » Thu May 02, 2013 12:14 pm

Mikeliegler wrote:Can someone make a suggestion or advice to a handicapped newbie on selecting a meditation cushion. I have Peripheral neuropathy in my legs and would have a very hard time trying to fold my legs.


No cushion will get rid of the discomfort of sitting cross legged if there is no enough flexibility.
It can be reduced though by the hight ,firmness of the cushion but you will still be left with the problem of your condition.

After all , If sitting cross legged it is too painful it will distract you from the object of sitting and in this case is better to sit in a chair with the back straight.
Having the Back straight is more important than legs.
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby Lingpupa » Thu May 02, 2013 12:27 pm

Many cushions that you see are much too low. One traditional recommendation is that when you are sitting on it, it should be about as high as the four knuckles of your own hand (the second joint down from the tip of your finger) when you make a clenched fist.
Part of the problem is that modern synthetic cushions are often much softer than old ones. If it is stuffed with something like horsehair or coconut fibre it doesn't collapse nearly as much.
Using a cushion that is high enough makes a huge difference to most people. Obviously I can't comment on your particular difficulty.
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby Mikeliegler » Fri May 03, 2013 10:42 am

Thank you very kindly. I will go with a chair then. I have been doing this laying down as that is the most comparable position for me. I can only sit for so long and then the pain starts to set in. :thanks:
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby ngodrup » Fri May 03, 2013 3:31 pm

Yup. Meditate with as much comfort as you can, without falling asleep!
Floor siting is not required. Comfortable, but not over stuffed chairs work
quite well if your back is supported to remain erect.
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby Mikeliegler » Fri May 03, 2013 11:01 pm

ngodrup wrote:Yup. Meditate with as much comfort as you can, without falling asleep!
Floor siting is not required. Comfortable, but not over stuffed chairs work
quite well if your back is supported to remain erect.


How about laying down? Will work with the flow of breathing and the three channels? :shrug:
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby ngodrup » Sat May 04, 2013 4:19 am

I have heard from my teachers that shine and lhatong can be done laying down.
Presumably deity yoga could work. But completion stage yogas involving the three
main channels-- I have not heard that. Specifically, in Tummo, emphasis is placed
on posture. It seems in Dzogchen, threkchod especially, again no issue with laying
down, but there are specific dzogchen practices where specific postures again are
very important. So it is hard to make broad generalizations that apply across the
board. None of this yogic stuff would also directly apply to Sutra Mahayana practices
(eg. contemplations on suffering, aspiring to benefit, tong-len, etc), or other kinds
of purification or merit making practices such as tantric ngondro. The main point
is to cultivate wisdom and compassion... you know?
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby Karma Dorje » Sat May 04, 2013 4:42 am

I would recommend a kneeling chair like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kneeling_chair
http://sitincomfort.com/knchhaknch.html

It keeps your back relaxed and straight while not requiring crossed legs. Lying down can lead quite quickly to drowsiness.
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Re: Meditation Cushion

Postby byamspa » Sat May 04, 2013 4:11 pm

Mikeliegler wrote:Can someone make a suggestion or advice to a handicapped newbie on selecting a meditation cushion. I have Peripheral neuropathy in my legs and would have a very hard time trying to fold my legs.


I wouldn't use a cushion if i were you, but a suitable chair instead. Cushions and sitting on the floor are hard for a lot of people, especially raised in the west sitting on chairs our whole lives. Its not 100% necessary to be able to sit on the floor to do practise.
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