Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Meditation Cushions Made With Metta

It all began when my good friend Christine and I returned from a 10-days Goenka retreat from North Fork on January 1st, 2012. During our 3 1/2 hour drive back to San Jose, we discussed about the importance of having the right supportive meditation cushion for long period of sitting to alleviate undue back pain and knee pain.

Returning to Buddhi Vihara to attend the New Year Blessing Ceremony, our peaceful minds drawn toward Noble Silence so immediately right after the service and when the majority of the people departed from the Buddha Meditation Hall, we sat down to meditate. The loud chattering of all the people on the temple ground penetrated though the walls and into the Meditation Hall. It was very difficult to concentrate at first but soon the mind settled down and all the external sounds became the background. Eventually it was all quiet. But pain soon arose and magnified exponentially as our crossed-legged posture put much pressure on the various leg bones against the cold hardwood floor. Naturally, it was very challenging to concentrate the mind. Then the thought of donating meditation cushions to Buddhi Vihara arose as the mind wished that all members and visitors have proper cushions to sit on.

After months of researching online and visiting various temples and meditation centers to test out the various meditation cushions and failing to find that quality of materials and supportive features, I decided to make them.Then another search began on finding the right foam, one that is not too soft that provides little support for the backbones or that is too hard that can not absorb the pressure of the sitting posture. Another good friend Kusala introduced me to a local foam factory and together we went to test out various foam thickness and grade to find that perfect size and material. Kusala also spearheaded a fundraising effort to raise over $400 in support of the meditation cushion project with many donations coming from the Children & Youth Class at Tathagata Meditation Center as part of their Class Dana Project. 

With collective effort including my mom putting in days of sewing the cushion covers, we delivered 40 high-quality meditation cushions or zabuton to Buddhi Vihara on March 22, 2012.

Young meditator sitting on zafu and zabuton during Bhante Dhammadipa's daylong retreat at Buddhi Vihara on 12/23/12.

To Order Similar Cushion...

Due to interest from family members and friends wishing to have similar high-quality meditation cushion to practice on at home, we started taking order request as a mean of supporting our continual Meditation Cushion Project. Our cushions have the following features:

* Size: 26.5 x 24 x 1.5 inch
* Eco-friendly: Using the highest grade level foam that guaranteed to maintain its firmness after 10+ years of meditation on it so you do not have to replace them as often.
* Simple design with easy removable cover and no zipper
* $50 each (shipping not included)
* Pictures of zafu will come soon...
* To order or to inquire on custom features (i.e. different color cover), please email: talersak@gmail.com

Our gratitude to you for supporting our ongoing Meditation Cushion Project. _("")_









 ^_^  Made with Metta in Califonria  ^_^

3 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks very nice and comfy. I got mine online at - www.thestillplace.com

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  2. Thank you for sharing and wishing you good sittings!

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  3. One of the most comfortable cushion l ever sat on. Handmade by the meditator not a production line company.

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