Because we’re so intimately familiar with both the power and challenge of meditation—mentally and physically—we have developed an original meditation cushion that is built for comfort and will last a lifetime. The patented Mountain Seat combines a stable buckwheat-hull base with soft memory foam and conforms to your body, whether you’re sitting for a moment or a week. The result is a cushion that you will return to again and again.
Adjust the amount of buckwheat to create the perfect seat. Available in two sizes: Standard (7" high x 13" diameter) or Large (8.5" high x 14" diameter). Please choose Black, Navy, Burgundy, or Sage.
The monastics living at Zen Mountain Monastery and who make up the staff of The Monastery Store sit on the same meditation cushions that we sell in our store. Here are a few talking about sitting on the Mountain Seat:
I’ve been sitting on a standard Mountain Seat on and off over the past 15 years. I love it because I can build it up or just catch a small flat piece for support. The soft foam on top can be folded and really softens the impact of the buckwheat hulls.
—Hojin Sensei, resident teacher, Training Coordinator
I’ve been using a standard Mountain Seat for 5 years and like it for its height, its smooth contact and the way it will squash and settle as I do.
—Rakusan, monastic, maintenance supervisor
I’ve been sitting on a standard Mountain Seat for over 10 years. It’s flexible with a lot of its buckwheat removed. This gives support to my hips, as I sit in a modified Burmese posture, which means my hips aren’t level. The memory foam protects my sitz bones from hurting during longer meditation retreats.
—Taikyo, postulant monastic, Mountain Record editor
I’ve been sitting on a standard Mountain Seat for over 10 years and on a Cloud Zabuton for about 5 years. This is the most comfortable cushion combination I’ve been able to find. I sit on the firm-foam side of the Cloud zabuton; it makes me feel grounded and supported but still gives me plenty of cushioning so my knees and ankles don’t hurt.
—Zuiko, monastic, The Monastery Store manager
Donate your old cushion to a practitioner with limited means.
Watch a short video on Taking Your Seat: Arranging the Body for Zazen.
*U.S. Patent Number 9,668,584 B2
I returned to a regular sitting practice and injured my leg. My right knee was giving me a lot of pain- I could hardly bend it without feeling like I was doing potential damage to myself. I ordered this zafu, looking for relief. I am 100% satisfied with my purchase. My knee is feeling much better now. I am sitting half lotus comfortably and regularly 2 x a day. Also- for reference, I am around 5'9" and weigh around 160 lbs.
Nice high cushion that works for me.
The Mountain provides the stability of buckwheat with memory foam top. The height allows one to sit crosslegged and relieve pressure on the legs and ankles. The Cloud zabuton provides a soft cushion for the ankles. No pain. No legs going to sleep. I like this combination.
I bought this cushion in hopes of replacing a kapok zafu that I've had for a decade. I was disappointed to find that this cushion, despite being 3x the price, was actually less comfortable. I knew the buckwheat would be a bit firmer than kapok but was hoping the "memory foam" would balance that out and provide more support for extended sits. The foam is only 2 inches thick and not very dense so it compresses very easily and your left with only a little more comfort than a standard buckwheat. If this cushion was only $40 I wouldn't feel the need to write this review, but for a $110 pillow I was hoping for a bit more... :/
What more to say? Of course I haven't had time to use it very much yet. It seems quite high when first trying it. But it's VERY comfortable. I'm eager to try it for multiple sittings in a row.
very tall, very supportive.
I need some height for sitting in a chair and on the floor. This serves well for both. Solid craftsmanship; well made. The memory foam gives great comfort and the buckwheat hulls a solid base. I removed some of the buckwheat to create the perfect height for me. I am considering buying another to keep at the meditation center.
Far surpasses my old cushion. Can't say enough good things about it!
just the right height and comfort. thank you
I'm so thrilled with my Mountain Seat Zafu! With bad knees and ankles, sitting meditation can be challenging but this new cushion is really helping me sit in comfort. The memory foam makes a huge difference.