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  • Pat Stacy
    Hi Ralph. I recommend a chair. There is nothing contained in the position on the floor. Pat ... From: Ralph Palmer To: U-Zendo List Sent: Monday, December 05,
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 5, 2011
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      Hi Ralph. I recommend a chair. There is nothing contained in the position on the floor.
       
      Pat
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      Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 5:41 AM
      Subject: [U-Zendo] Pros and cons of kapok and buckwheat hulls

       

      Greetings -

      It's been quiet here for a long time.

      I meditate alone (at least physically), and my cushion (zafu, pillow) is disintegrating. I need to replace it. It's a kapok filled cushion, and I'm considering getting a buckwheat hull filled cushion. I'm in my 60s, and my knees aren't what they used to be : half lotus is now painful, and I'm not sure I could even get into a full lotus again. So, I *think* I need good support and maybe a higher cushion. Can anyone help me with pros and cons of kapok filled and buckwheat hull filled cushions and the effects of cushion heights (8"? 10"?).

      I miss the discussions.

      I'm grateful for your time and attention,

      Ralph

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      Ralph Palmer
      Brattleboro, VT
      USA
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    • LouAnne Jaeger
      Ralph, a number of people at my center use benches, but don t sit with their legs under them. They put cushions on either side and sit cross-legged with their
      Message 2 of 6 , Dec 5, 2011
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        Ralph, a number of people at my center use benches, but don't sit with their legs
        under them.  They put cushions on either side and sit cross-legged with their
        knees resting on the cushions.

        LA



        On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Pat Stacy <pstacy@...> wrote:
         

        

        Hi Ralph. I recommend a chair. There is nothing contained in the position on the floor.
         
        Pat
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        Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 5:41 AM
        Subject: [U-Zendo] Pros and cons of kapok and buckwheat hulls

         

        Greetings -

        It's been quiet here for a long time.

        I meditate alone (at least physically), and my cushion (zafu, pillow) is disintegrating. I need to replace it. It's a kapok filled cushion, and I'm considering getting a buckwheat hull filled cushion. I'm in my 60s, and my knees aren't what they used to be : half lotus is now painful, and I'm not sure I could even get into a full lotus again. So, I *think* I need good support and maybe a higher cushion. Can anyone help me with pros and cons of kapok filled and buckwheat hull filled cushions and the effects of cushion heights (8"? 10"?).

        I miss the discussions.

        I'm grateful for your time and attention,

        Ralph

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        Ralph Palmer
        Brattleboro, VT
        USA
        palmer.r.violin@...

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      • richard horvitz
        I don t know the answer to the question but it is very good to hear from people on the list! Best wishes to all. Richard
        Message 3 of 6 , Dec 5, 2011
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          I don't know the answer to the question but it is very good to hear from people on the list!  Best wishes to all.
            Richard

          On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin@...> wrote:
           

          Greetings -

          It's been quiet here for a long time.

          I meditate alone (at least physically), and my cushion (zafu, pillow) is disintegrating. I need to replace it. It's a kapok filled cushion, and I'm considering getting a buckwheat hull filled cushion. I'm in my 60s, and my knees aren't what they used to be : half lotus is now painful, and I'm not sure I could even get into a full lotus again. So, I *think* I need good support and maybe a higher cushion. Can anyone help me with pros and cons of kapok filled and buckwheat hull filled cushions and the effects of cushion heights (8"? 10"?).

          I miss the discussions.

          I'm grateful for your time and attention,

          Ralph

          --
          Ralph Palmer
          Brattleboro, VT
          USA
          palmer.r.violin@...


        • Weasel Tracks
          Sent from my evil, sexy mobile Apple device ... Well, it *is* a yogic asana, and so has an effect on the body/mind traditionally taken to be beneficial for
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            Sent from my evil, sexy mobile Apple device

            On Dec 5, 2011, at 11:28 AM, "Pat Stacy" <pstacy@...> wrote:

            
            Hi Ralph. I recommend a chair. There is nothing contained in the position on the floor.


            Well, it *is* a yogic asana, and so has an effect on the body/mind traditionally taken to be beneficial for Buddhist (and Hindu) meditation. It is a "gesture of balance" that predisposes the mind to equanimity. Sitting as close as one can come to the full lotus is likely a good idea. But it is not absolute, and other concerns have a weight in consideration. As you gain experience in zazen, the importance of exact posture diminishes.

            I have always sat on fairly well stuffed kapok zafus. On retreat just ended a week ago, pain in buttocks and lower back was relieved when I found a firm kapok zafu to replace the two buckwheat pillows I had been using. Others much prefer buckwheat. Difficult to predict what's best for you.

               ---Weasel Tracks
          • Weasel Tracks
            Btw, Zen Mountain Monastery sells something they call a mountain seat. You might like to check it out on their website:
            Message 5 of 6 , Dec 10, 2011
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              Btw, Zen Mountain Monastery sells something they call a "mountain seat." You might like to check it out on their website:
              <http://www.dharma.net/monstore/category.php?cPath=104_105&osCsid=b776o34m68o1ncfao5rp3p7om5>
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