Ching Ch'ing, a Chinese Ch'an master, asked a monk:
-What is the sound outside?
The monk answered:
-That is the sound of rain.
The master said:
-Sentient beings are upside down, they lose themselves in pursuit of things.
ZAZEN MEDITATION GUIDE - Chapter 4. Cushions and Pads
Cushions and Pad You will need a cushion and a pad in sitting zazen. The pad is about 28 inches square, stuff with kapok or cotton batting so it will be about 1.5 inches thick. The cushion which is stuffed kapok or cotton batting, too, and about 12 - 18 inches in diameter and it flattens out like a pillow to set upon the pad. You may use a pillow if you wish.