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Best Meditation Cushions + Zafu & Zabuton Pillow Sets

On this page we have compiled everything we know about selecting the correct meditation cushion for you and your needs.

Different Types of Meditation Cushions for Achieving the Ultimate Zen State

A meditation cushion should be used when you start meditation because it will help you sit with much better posture than just sitting flat on the floor or in a normal meditation chair would do for you.

There are various different zen cushions that you can choose from and it all depends on what type of meditation you are doing and what position is most comfortable for you to sit in as some people prefer a Zafu wheras others may prefer something more like a Zabuton or even a buckwheat cushion.

We have reviewed the different types of cushions below to help you make the best choice possible.

Zafu Meditation Cushions

Zafu is a Japanese word that describes the crescent shaped pillow that is often used for sitting or kneeling when meditating.

It’s most commonly used for holding the lotus position but can also be altered to support a range of different positions to ensure that it’s suitable for everyone.

Zabuton Meditation Cushions

A Zabuton is a square Japanese cushion for sitting and is generally used in much more casual situations. It can be used on the floor or even on a chair as a cushion.

People who practice meditation quite often use a Zafu which is placed on top of the Zabuton which allows some extra comfort and cushioning for the knees and ankles.

Meditation Cushion Sets

For those of you who are looking to take your meditation game to the next level you may want to get a cushion set which consists of a Zafu and Zabuton which offers incredible comfort and flexibility when it comes to the types of postures and positions you would like to use when meditating.

Buckwheat Meditation Cushions

Buckwheat cushions or pillows are a tradition Japanese cushion that’s filled with the hulls in which buckwheat seeds are encased.

You’ll find that buckwheat meditation cushions are very comfortable and offer a springy compression while also providing firm and contouring support which makes them perfect for meditating for long periods of time.

Read our article on The Top 3 Best Buckwheat Meditation Cushions here.

Our Top Picks

Below I have compiled a list of the top meditation cushions that I can highly recommend.