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    Zafu Cushion Suggestions

    Hi y'all. The zafu I have currently is starting to rip apart and is quickly becoming unsatisfactory for my practice, and I'm wanting to get a new one. Any suggestions? I'm not on too much of a budget but would prefer to spend less than 60-70 dollars USD on it if i can. I am 6'1" (185.42cm) and weigh about 240 lbs (about 109kg) if that helps. Any help would be much appreciated

    Gassho, John
    ST/LAH

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    I have been using this one daily for about 15 years, and it is still like new. It is a little more than what you have budgeted, and if you can't raise the funds for it, then I suggest looking at their regular zafus, which are also excellent. They use the same, heavy fabric for all of their zafus and zabutons.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

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    same one i use worth every penny; correction: sans the memory foam

    gassho

    risho
    -stlah
    Last edited by Risho; 02-08-2021 at 12:14 PM.

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    Hey there John, I just started using this one, as it's a bit higher sitting than your standard Zafu which does well for my height (6'3") and natural weight: Hi-Zafu Buckwheat from DharmaCrafts. The one that Nengei posted is the one I had before, and it indeed lasted years and you can't go wrong there either.

    Gassho,
    Koushi
    ST
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    髭 Shi (Beard)

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    Thank you Nengei and Koushi for the suggestions! I went ahead and purchased the mountain seat cushion, but would love for this thread to continue for those like me who are taller than usual and are looking for a good Zafu to meet their needs.

    Gassho, John
    ST/LAH

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    FWIW, I have the same one as Nengei, but the version without the memory foam (only buckwheat hulls). I purchased it last year after using the same kapok-stuffed Zafu that I bought from Dharmacrafts back in the late 1990s. My aging back and legs finally won out, and I went with something taller.

    Gassho,
    Seikan

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    聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)

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    Does anyone have a good zafu to purchase in Europe ? Mine is beginning to fall apart as well !

    Gassho,

    Uggy,

    Sat today
    Lah

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    I would second the recommendation for DharmaCrafts zafu/zabuton; I've had the same set for 20 years.

    Gassho,
    Shujin
    st

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    Hey everyone,

    I will also add as a heavy person (260 lbs), I find I need to add more stuffing to my cushion about everyone 6 months. I use a kapok stuffed cushion now, so it definitely gets compressed over time. But I found the same was true with a buckwheat filled zafu.


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    Shoka
    sat
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    Please don't take anything I say as anything more than just a normal person's thoughts on the topic. I'm just stumbling through life trying to be helpful, but really don't know much.

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    I wonder if someone could find the link to our Unsui Kotei's blanket zafu. I think that's pretty darn impressive... and cheap!!
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    Onka
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onka View Post
    I wonder if someone could find the link to our Unsui Kotei's blanket zafu. I think that's pretty darn impressive... and cheap!!
    Gassho
    Onka
    ST
    Here it is:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugrok View Post
    Does anyone have a good zafu to purchase in Europe ? Mine is beginning to fall apart as well !

    Gassho,

    Uggy,

    Sat today
    Lah
    hi, i have good experiences with the stuff of Klang&Stille in Germany http://www.klang-stille.de/Der+Medit...ssen/index.htm



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    Since you asked the thread to continue for additional suggestions for others... this is the one I have used for a couple years now (mine is black though). I'm 6ft tall, and generally during this time I've been between 180 and 215 pounds. I removed some of the hulls to make it a little flatter (which is easy to do with the zippered cushion). It's not very fancy, and pretty affordable and has been comfortable for me. I have a rectangular kapok filled cushion as well but I primarily use this one now as it's more comfortable. I've packed one with me on trips, even on my carry-on to Portland before.

    Gassho
    Nathan
    SAT

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    What's the filling in this one? It looks to be a pretty good deal.

    gassho, shokai
    stlah

    p.s. strike that question, I got a translation - it comes with
    a free refill pack of kapok.
    Last edited by Shokai; 02-09-2021 at 05:47 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aprapti View Post
    hi, i have good experiences with the stuff of Klang&Stille in Germany http://www.klang-stille.de/Der+Medit...ssen/index.htm



    aprapti

    std/lah
    Danke sehr !

    Uggy,
    Sat today,
    Lah

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    Hello all,

    I just wanted to add that I too have the Mountain seat, and have had it since 2008 (mine is just the buckwheat hulls). I love it and I'm short 5'4 with back, knee and hip issues. It takes the pressure off those areas nicely for me to sit comfortably with a folded blanket Zabuton.

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    sattoday/lah

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    I've had the DharmaCrafts set for well over a decade and it has held up extremely well. I just ordered their tall zafu so I'm looking forward to trying it.

    ST/LAH
    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

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    I use this one, and have no complaints: here

    Gassho,
    Gareth

    Sat today

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