Re: [U-Zendo] Pros and cons of kapok and buckwheat hulls
- 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.
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,
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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: