What do you sit on during meditation?

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What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby mindyourmind » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:18 pm

I use the rather traditional Zen arrangement of the zafu / zabuton, over the years that just worked out the best arrangement for me.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Josef » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:19 pm

My butt.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby mindyourmind » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:22 pm

Nangwa wrote:My butt.



Funny :techproblem:

What does your butt sit on?
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Josef » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:30 pm

mindyourmind wrote:
Nangwa wrote:My butt.



Funny :techproblem:

What does your butt sit on?

Oh! :smile:
Usually a normal meditation cushion. But i will use whatever is available.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Bhavana » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:22 am

a small pillow in the shape of an african violet flower from Pottery Barn Kids that I picked up at the thrift store for 50 cents. I'd love to have a beautiful "meditation cushion" but I just don't have the money for such luxuries at this time. All my cash is invested in vet bills.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby zerwe » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:54 am

A stack of three pillows from my couch=Zafu and an old SW Native American blanket folded up=Zabuton
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Beatzen » Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:05 am

I was fortunate enough to have money to support my local monastery y ordering my zafu and zabutan from them. Hand made, buckwheat.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:36 am

Beatzen wrote:Hand made, buckwheat.
Does that mean you can also nibble on the filling when you get the munchies during those extra-long sitting sessions?
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby mindyourmind » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:24 am

gregkavarnos wrote:
Beatzen wrote:Hand made, buckwheat.
Does that mean you can also nibble on the filling when you get the munchies during those extra-long sitting sessions?


And what exactly would hand-made buckwheat be? :evil:
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Anders » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:40 am

Of all the different zafus, zabutons, stools etc I have tried over the years I find nothing beats a pack of folded towels for firmness and adjustability and so that it what I use. The specialised craftmanship is packed away somewhere.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:16 pm

mindyourmind wrote:And what exactly would hand-made buckwheat be? :evil:
Something like this???
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Personally I sit on my ass, I figure if it's good enough for my protectors to sit on their ass I may as well sit on mine for meditation purposes.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Mr. G » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:47 pm

I used nadachair for a long time. Not I'm thinking about trying out Backjoy Core Plus. I'm gettin' old. :( :smile:
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Anders » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:52 pm

Mr. G wrote:I used nadachair for a long time.


This looks awesome. Looks like it could be a very helpful tool for supporting the lotus for people working their way towards that as well.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Mr. G » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:54 pm

Yes, it was very helpful!
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby SteveP » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:42 pm

This is a problem for me, Ive been messing around for six months trying to get it right. i seem to need to sit fairly high to stop me from slouching
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby nirmal » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:14 pm

SteveP wrote:This is a problem for me, Ive been messing around for six months trying to get it right. i seem to need to sit fairly high to stop me from slouching


You could try this for a start.Hight can be adjusted for your comfort


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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby SteveP » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:35 pm

Thanks,

that does actually look quite good. Currently, I sit on rolled up bankets and I lean against the wall th support my back. This may not sound great, but it was that long ago that the very idea of me sitting crossed legged was unthinkable.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Bonsai Doug » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:56 pm

For me, standard zafu/zabuton - kapok filled - super comfortable - and made in the USA.

I think we all realize position and what's under our butts is kinda irrelevant; it's the practice that matters.
Buddha was from India, so the lotus position is at the forefront. In Japan they're knelling during meditation.
Like many, I'm at that age where full lotus position is just not possible. But for the time being, the Tailor
position is quite do-able and comfortable.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby SteveP » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:45 pm

What is the tailor position?
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby catmoon » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:29 pm

These days I'm using two pillows off the bed and a piece of the foldaway bed in the living room. And earplugs.
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