Zabuton is a floor sitting mat, which is used alone or along with a Meditation Bench. Zabutons have been used for everyday sitting in Asia for centuries.
Sizes: Medium, 25″ x 31″ x 2″, 4 lb
Large, 27″ x 34″ x 2″, 5 lb
Jumbo, 30″ x 34″ x 2″, 6 lb
Why You Will Love It!
- These meditation mats provide essential cushioning for the feet, ankles and legs.
- Enhances your meditation experience
- Makes sitting on the floor more comfortable
- Kapok is a more ecological and hypoallergenic alternative to the typical cotton batting zabuton
How You Can Use It
- Zabutons are placed on the floor and designed specifically for cushioning under the meditation seats.
- Usually used together with a meditation cushion or bench
- Available in three sizes
What It’s Made Of
- Cover Fabric: Organic Cotton Canvas
- Stuffing: Eco-friendly Kapok Fiber
- Choose from 8 colors
How to Choose a Size
Zabutons are available in three sizes. Most people are happy with the Medium. One thing to consider when you are carrying your zafu to a retreat or meditation group is ease of carrying as well as efficiency of size. A zabuton which offers extra knee room will be more of a challenge to carry. However, if that extra knee room is important to you, buy a larger mat. Some meditation halls and temples like the medium zabuton dimensions because it allows more people to meditate in a limited space.
Medium: 25″ x 31″ x 2″
Large: 27″ x 34″ x 2″
Jumbo: 30″ x 34″ x 2″
Where did the Zabuton come from?
A zabuton is a Japanese cushion for sitting. The kanji characters ^§^Vã literally translate to “seat-cloth-sphere”. The zabuton is generally used when sitting on the floor, and may also be used when sitting on a chair. Ordinarily any place in Japan where seating is on the floor, a Zabuton will be provided for sitting comfort. A typical square zabuton measures 50 x 70 cm (20 x 30 inches) on a side and is several centimetres thick when new.
Zabuton are found throughout Japan, and enter many aspects of the culture:
* In Zen meditation, practitioners sit on zafu which is typically placed on top of a zabuton. The zabuton cushions the knees and ankle.
* In sumo, members of the audience throw zabuton toward the ring after an upset.
* In rakugo, performers are not allowed to rise from their zabuton for the duration of their skit.
* In yose, notably on the long-running television show ShMten, comedians receive zabuton as a form of scoring.
* In jidaigeki, according to a stereotype, the boss prisoner in a jail cell receives all the zabuton from his or her cell mates.