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Zabuton (meditation mat)

(3 customer reviews)


A zabuton is a floor sitting mat, which is used alone or along with a Zafu, Smile Cushion, or Meditation Bench. Zabutons have been used for everyday sitting in Asia for centuries.

Sizes: Medium, 25″ x 31″ x 2″, 4 lb

Large, 27″ x 34″ x 2″, 5 lb

Jumbo, 30″ x 34″ x 2″, 6 lb

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Why You Will Love It!

  • These meditation mats provide essential cushioning for the feet, ankles and legs.
  • Enhances your meditation experience
  • Makes sitting on the floor more comfortable
  • Kapok is a more ecological and hypoallergenic alternative to the typical cotton batting zabuton

How You Can Use It

  • Zabutons are placed on the floor and designed specifically for cushioning under the meditation seats.
  • Usually used together with a meditation cushion or bench
  • Available in three sizes

What It's Made Of

  • Cover Fabric: Organic Cotton Canvas or Traditional 100% Cotton
  • Stuffing: Eco-friendly Kapok Fiber
  • Optional Removable Cover available
  • Choose from 14 colors

How to Choose a Size

We offer zabutons in three sizes. Most people are happy with the Medium. One thing to consider when you are carrying your zafu to a retreat or meditation group is ease of carrying as well as efficiency of size. A zabuton which offers extra knee room will be more of a challenge to carry. However, if that extra knee room is important to you, buy a larger mat. Some meditation halls and temples like our medium zabuton dimensions because it allows more people to meditate in a limited space.

Medium: 25″ x 31″ x 2″
Large: 27″ x 34″ x 2″
Jumbo: 30″ x 34″ x 2″

Where did the Zabuton come from?

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

A zabuton is a Japanese cushion for sitting. The kanji characters ^§^Vã literally translate to “seat-cloth-sphere”. The zabuton is generally used when sitting on the floor, and may also be used when sitting on a chair. Ordinarily any place in Japan where seating is on the floor, a Zabuton will be provided for sitting comfort. A typical square zabuton measures 50 x 70 cm (20 x 30 inches) on a side and is several centimetres thick when new.

Zabuton are found throughout Japan, and enter many aspects of the culture:

* In Zen meditation, practitioners sit on zafu which is typically placed on top of a zabuton. The zabuton cushions the knees and ankle.

* In sumo, members of the audience throw zabuton toward the ring after an upset.

* In rakugo, performers are not allowed to rise from their zabuton for the duration of their skit.

* In yose, notably on the long-running television show ShMten, comedians receive zabuton as a form of scoring.

* In jidaigeki, according to a stereotype, the boss prisoner in a jail cell receives all the zabuton from his or her cell mates.

Additional information


Medium, Large, Jumbo


Organic Cinnamon, Organic Undyed Natural, Organic Lavender, Organic Indigo, Organic Pecan, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Plum, Black, Burgundy, Dark Green, Navy Blue, Purple, Sage

3 reviews for Zabuton (meditation mat)

  1. Carolina Morning

    Hello All,
    I received the zabuton and smile cushion this afternoon and could not be happier with your products! Beautiful, comfortable, just what I needed/wanted. Thank you all so much for your help and kindness. This was a large purchase for me and I am happy to say that these cushions are everything that you claim them to be and well worth it.

    Kind Regards,
    Kristin Bolles

  2. Carolina Morning

    Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful Zabuton. I’ve been sitting on a Carolina Morning Zafu for a few years, but just with a blanket on the floor. Sitting on the Zabuton is so much nicer!! And the lavender color makes me happy every time I see it.

    Thanks for the great product!

  3. Das

    I’ve had two of these cushions for 10 years. Now I’m going to buy some new covers, because, well, cats. These cushions are a very good value. These days, they rest on top of footlockers that double as ottomans.

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