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?
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.
Carolina Morning –
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.
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!
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.
Though I am only 5’2” tall I chose the jumbo zabutons for my coaching practice. They are so very versatile for a studio or home setting. I can even put two together and take a quick nap when working late. The quality of materials and construction is amazing in everything I order from Carolina Morning. Products I bought several years ago are broken in but work like new still.
Suzanne Duggan (verified owner) –
I just received my new zabutons (jumbo & medium). I finally replaced the 2 I had for 10 to 15 years and was going to add stuffing to fluff up but decided to get new ones and love as always. I got the restorative yoga mat and bolsters as well. So when finished I can put it all together as floor couch when not meditating or yoga. Thanks again.