Zafus and Smile Cushions have a Hidden opening behind the handle which allows for addition or removal of stuffing material to adjust to individual height/density. This is important because it allows customization of height. Many other brands don't have this feature.
Density on sitting cushions is firm and supportive without being rock hard. This is the preferred density by our customers based on 29 years of feedback.
"I saw someone using a zafu at a retreat and I thought: Wow! this is the greatest thing anyone has invented since the wheel." Soyun Kim (Passionist Lay Missioner)
I just received my zabuton and smile cushion, and I wanted to let you know that it was well worth the wait! I've been struggling with my meditation practice for a while due to hip pain. Now I know I just didn't have the proper equipment. From the instant I sat on my lovely lavender cloud I felt comfortable and eager to practice. Thank you for making such beautiful, safe and comfortable products!
Sincerely, Rebecca Lanning.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Although 'zafu' is often translated as 'sewn seat' in American English, the meaning of the Japanese 'kanji' is different. 'za' means 'seat' and 'fu' means a seat stuffed with Typha (the fluffy, soft, downy fibres of the disintegrating Typha heads). The Japanese zafu originates in China, where these meditation seats were originally filled with Typha. Today, that is no longer the case in Japan or China.
An alternate translation of zafu is 'cushion for sitting' or 'sitting cushion', where za means 'sitting' or 'sit' and fu means 'cushion'. The words zabuton, zafuton and futon are closely linked. The word 'zazen' meaning 'seated meditation' or 'sitting meditation' is also closely linked. In western terms, colloquially speaking, 'zafu' refers to a meditation cushion, and 'zabuton' refers to the cushioned mat on which a zafu is placed.crescent shaped meditation cushion with more room for the tush!
Provides more surface area for your tush, which -helps alleviate legs falling to sleep.
Fully adjustable. Stuffing can be added or removed through the hidden opening.
This size and shape and sloping angle has been said to be "perfect" by our customers.Removable covers, sold separately, help keep your smile cushion™ easy to clean.
Support Cushions are used under a smile cushion™ by those who need a higher seat. Other uses of the support cushion are 1) placed under one or both knees by those sitting in the 'sky' position, and 2) placed in a regular chair with buckwheat pushed to back to create a forward sloping tilt.
One size fits all. Some people like to reduce the height by taking out some of the stuffing, or add height by using a support cushion
Zabuton Japanese Sitting Mat