- 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. RichardMessage 1 of 6 , Dec 5, 2011View SourceI don't know the answer to the question but it is very good to hear from people on the list! Best wishes to all.
RichardOn Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin@...> wrote:
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,
- 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 forMessage 2 of 6 , Dec 10, 2011View Source
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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
- Btw, Zen Mountain Monastery sells something they call a mountain seat. You might like to check it out on their website:Message 3 of 6 , Dec 10, 2011View SourceBtw, Zen Mountain Monastery sells something they call a "mountain seat." You might like to check it out on their website: