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What do you sit on?

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What do you sit on?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:38 pm

For me i sit on a zabuton with a cushion on top being either an old army blanket for the most part but lately been using a zafu as i find it gives me more back support and sometimes i use a seiza bench when sitting for long periods of time. What do you use?
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:47 pm

i used to use a zafu, now just the floor or a small square thai meditation mat
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:50 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:51 pm

Im slowly easing myself away from the sitting supports to the floor. I need to strengthen my lower back.

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To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby mountain » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:56 pm

BBB,
Have you tried the buckwheat hull filled zafu. Some friends whose tailbone gave them problems during long sits found the alternative more comfortable than the kapok filled. A particularly nasty encounter with ideopathic neuropathy ended my sitting on the floor.
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:00 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby Jechbi » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:41 pm

Started with a whole beanbag, because I could form it to support my lower back and legs. But after some time I realized I didn't need lower back support, so I used a cheap old couch cushion instead.

The cheap old couch cushion turned into a pancake after a few weeks, because the stuffing was inferior. I turned a few couch cushions into pancakes, then looked around and settled on a Salubrion chair, which offered exactly the right tilt for my body form. But I still had to put a small cushion on top of it, because otherwise it was too hard on my butt. I used my pancakes for that.

Since then I've settled on a nice round cushion filled with natural ingredients. Works fine. I'll usually shove a wadded towel or thin blanket or something under my right leg, because the knee still hovers above floor-level, although the left knee touches down. I find that anything that elevates my butt about 2-3 inches off the floor is enough to allow my back to achieve a natural straight posture. I can do straight on the floor, but it's not really ideal for my body form.

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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby clw_uk » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:49 pm

Ive got the Buckwheat Zafu as well, my practice has really kicked off since ive got it, really supports my back.
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:04 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby clw_uk » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:07 pm

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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby puthujjana » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:34 pm

I sit on a folded blanket.
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:48 pm

When I was doing a 20-day retreat in New Zealand a few years ago, the guy in the next cell, an ex-pat German, was sitting on a folded blanket!
For me, I am getting closer to the ground. I use an Afghan prayer mat and on top of that a futon-style cushion that is nearly squashed flat. I sometimes fold the cushion over to try and elevate my backside so as to sit in half-lotus for extended periods. But with all the moving and unpacking lately, my left knee is giving me some trouble.
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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:04 am

I used to use the buckwheat zafu/zabuton combination, but my left leg invariably gave out after 20-30 minutes. I jogged about 15 or so miles each week back then (late last summer/fall) and I think that contributed through a combination of things. I now use a seiza bench I made from plans I found online. I put the zabuton on the floor and I made the bench long (wide?) enough so the legs just clear the zabuton. Now I'm good for almost an hour, mostly pain free. :meditate: Sometimes I have trouble with one of my knees and I'll go back to the zafu for a session. It seems better now than last year, but still nowhere near as good as the bench.

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Re: What do you sit on?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:22 am

i sit on a mushroom stool with a padded seat, home made


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