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vertical line Posted on Feb.23.2008 @ 12:11AM EDT by A_Pict
OK, so...  I need to find something I can use as a zabuton and either a zafu or a seiza bench.

Because of the limited amount of space in my apartment, a seiza bench would be more practical. However, a zafu may be more comfortable.

I'm not much of an online shopper. The last time I went on an online shopping spree, I racked-up around $15,000 in credit card bills. I've, since then, curbed that 'habit'...

I prefer to buy locally - if for no other reason than to actually see and feel what I'm buying. There's not much of a market for zafus, zabutons, or seiza benches in this area, however...

I've read that artificial materials like foam are bad as they don't provide proper support. OK, I can see that reasoning. Natural materials like buckwheat hulls and whatnot seem to be preferred. Beans are plentiful around here - the local stores provide them in bulk for the Mexican population - and, they can be heated for warmth, if needed :)

Anybody have any ideas? Could something like this easily be hand-made? I'm thinking a pillowcase full of beans... But what of the mat? I'm not generally good at creating things like this. Mechanical things I can tear apart, diagnose, and repair but, I'm not good with a needle and thread...

What do you all use?

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