Built to Last a Lifetime (or Two)
The Mountain Seat was designed by a group of modern-day monastics right here at Zen Mountain Monastery.
We spend over 1,000 hours a year meditating, which is why we created such a comfortable and supportive cushion. Our cushions are hand-crafted by a small, family-owned business in Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts with the highest quality USA-made materials. Our cushion covers are made and dyed in India and the USA.
Our 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. Our Mountain Seat Zabuton is made of two inches of cotton batting topped by an inch of memory foam for ultimate comfort. You can sit on the cotton side, or flip it over and try the memory foam on top. With a removable, machine washable cotton twill cover.
Available in Black, Charcoal, Chocolate, Navy, Burgundy, Cinnamon, Sage or Saffron; matching colors only for set.
All proceeds from the Mountain Seat go to supporting the hundreds of people who come through the Monastery every year. Need a reason to upgrade? Donate your old cushion so that we can offer it free of charge to low-income people, students, military servicepeople, formerly incarcerated people, and non-profits working with women, children, LGBTQ+ youth and people in recovery.
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 of us talking about sitting on the Mountain Seat:
I sat on a buckwheat zafu comfortably for 15 years, but I started to notice new hip and knee pain popping up during a recent sesshin. A chiropractor I was seeing suggested I change my cushion, so I went for the Mountain Seat. I like the size and shape. I took some of the buckwheat filler out to make it sit a little bit lower, so it feels customized to my body and it is much more supportive than my old cushion. The layer of memory foam on top is extremely comfortable--even a little bit plush. I also like the way it holds its shape and looks so upright and dignified.
—Shoan, monastic, Creative Director & Assistant Training Coordinator
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
Watch a short video on Taking Your Seat: Arranging the Body for Zazen.
U.S. Patent Number 9,668,584 B2
Zabuton is 27” long x 32” wide x 3” high.
So far so good! I was looking for a set that would keep my legs from going to sleep when sitting for over 30 minutes (I'm trying for 40). Both are sturdy, provide a good solid and relatively painless seat. The set is rather heavy though.
I also stand by this because I sit on it every day! Not for quite as long as as the monks, but long enough to know a comfortable seat from a one that makes my legs go to sleep. Adore the infinite adjustability on the buckwheat.
I am about 5'5" and ordered the standard height Mountain Seat Zafu & Zabuton Set. I find it very comfortable for meditating in a kneeling position (Seiza Position). The Zafu is very tall and almost tippy, especially when the memory foam is on top, so I don't think it works as well for meditating in the traditional lotus position, at least for me. Luckily, I've given up meditating in this posture since my feet always fall asleep.
This is a great set, exactly as advertised, apparently well-made. The Zabuton may be just a little too cushioned for my taste, but that is simply preference. It's pretty thick and cushy, so quite different from the more traditional/thinner one I was using. The Zafu is lovely too, nice to be able to alternate between the memory foam and the more traditional filling. I need a high perch so have been using the Zafu with my old one under it, has been great, no knee pain at all over 30-40 minute sittings, which is a welcome change.
I like the zafu and zabuton very much.
I couldn't be more happy with my purchase. Very rugged and durable construction and provides me a level of comfort I have never before experienced in my zazen which previously had been performed on a hardwood floor on top of some blankets and couch pillows. I was a bit hesitant about spending so much money but I am perfectly satisfied with my investment - it also looks great in the bedroom!
I love the new technology in both the zafu and the zabuton. My knees never have been great, and they sure ain't what they used to be. This kit seems likely to postpone the dreaded move to the chair by years!
I have gone through many different zafus and zabutons in search of the most comfortable for longer periods of sitting. This set tops them all. The memory foam upper of the zafu makes it soft to sit on, unlike straight buckwheat (which is like sitting on sand), but it also doesn't flatten out thanks to the buckwheat base underneath. I have neuropathy in my feet, so finding a cushion that doesn't limit circulation is paramount. This keeps my legs and feet "awake" throughout zazen. For reference, I am 6'2", 170 pounds, and the large zafu fits quite well.