Meditation Seat

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Meditation Seat

Postby Collective » Sun May 16, 2010 6:46 am

I'm looking to make my own meditation seat from wood.

It's the type where the seat part slopes down slightly to accomodate the natural 'fall' of the hips:

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I was hoping someone could give me the degree measurements for the tilt, and any other dimensions like height and depth.

Thank you :)
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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby Moggalana » Sun May 16, 2010 8:21 am

I bought my meditation seat online. They have two sizes:
small (body height <1,75m): front part height: 173mm / back part height: 195mm
large (body height >1,75m): front part height: 213mm / back part height: 235mm

I am 1,90m tall and the large one fits well. I chose the version with the carved bottom, so I can adjust the tilt easily.

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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby Collective » Sun May 16, 2010 9:38 am

I'm 5' 5" and 11 stone, I've just found one on ebay and it looks to be perfect, so here's hoping.

Thanks for the pics and the information though!
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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby PeterB » Sun May 16, 2010 10:42 am

Such a seat can be very useful Collective. I know several people who had difficulty in sustaining a meditative posture who swear by them.
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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby Moggalana » Sun May 16, 2010 11:11 am

PeterB wrote:Such a seat can be very useful Collective. I know several people who had difficulty in sustaining a meditative posture who swear by them.

Indeed. After my knees got used to it, I can now sit far longer and better than with any cross-legged posture.
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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby Collective » Sun May 16, 2010 3:40 pm

This is what I am hoping for too. I know we are supposed to sit through various aches and pains but I think it would massively aid my concentration if all I had to worry about was my actual focus.
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Re: Meditation Seat

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun May 16, 2010 4:18 pm

These plans look workable:

http://www.embody.co.uk/blog/post/how_t ... tion_stool

http://seizabench.com/seiza-bench-plans/

I like the brace in the second set of plans, but the L brackets would probably work as well.
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"And you'll be able to gain release from suffering only when you know the one mind."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
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