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

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  • 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
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 10, 2011
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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 2 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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