The choices in meditation cushions here are actually simple. It all comes down to a question of height and flexibility. What, for you, is the right distance between your bottom and the floor? The Goal: you are high enough so your thighs angle downward from your hips. When they do, your back can be straight without straining. An upright meditation posture that allows you to relax and breath freely is the point.
A Cloud Bench is like a meditation chair, just lower. The firm foam block in a beautiful fabric cover known as the Gomden is high enough to support a simple cross-legged posture. The Zafu from Zen works when you are comfortable with your knees flat on the meditation mat. And yes, there is another option here. Kapok stuffing for the Zafu starts firm, but will break in over time. Buckwheat hulls are even firmer than kapok, but can be shaped to fit your needs.
OK, there is a another twist, if your hips or knees just don’t like it when your legs are crossed, then consider a kneeling meditation bench from the Zen tradition. New this year is the Kneeling Bench Plus, for the bigger, taller practitioner of meditation.
And please, do buy a Zabuton Mat. This is the mat that goes under the cushions described above. Depending on how you sit, it will cushion your knees, ankles or both. You will save when you buy your Zabuton Mat in a cushion set (Gomden, Zafu, Kneeling Meditation Bench or Cloud Bench).
If you still think choices are a good thing, then you may be happy to consider our cushions in a range of eco-friendly fabrics. I know I said this was simple. It is really. Remember, the question is: how high do you need to be for your knees to be below your thighs? Once you answer that, you will be in a position to make the right choice.
If you want see what we are talking about, check out our videos. Still not sure? Call us M-F (800-331-7751) to talk to someone who has sat on all the cushions and benches we (make and) sell.
Thank you for visiting our site. Since 1976, Samadhi Cushions has been genuinely interested in helping people find the sitting meditation solution that is right for them.