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ZAFU — What ?

Some time ago I encountered a Zenist blog complaining that somebody stole

his Zafu (Small cushion), because of this, he couldn’t sit and meditate.

He said ” It was a jealous conspiracy, obstructing  me to get enlightenment ”

—– Whoa ! ! !    😀


I think after I’ve read this, I wrote a post saying “ Don’t bother Zafu,

you can sit anywhere and practice Zen in any manner”   😀

And after I wrote previous post [Water bowl Zen] I got an image of

Buddha walking with his disciples —– m m m ?

Without any reason,  suddenly I imagined that if they are all carrying

their own Zafu. —– Ha ha ha 😀

So that the photo right is [ Shariputra who got his Zafu under his arm, asking a question

to Buddha]. —– of cause, I’m kidding. —– you know how funny it is.  Of cause there wasn’t a Zafu on the

time of  Buddha,  as no body needed it,  since they don’t sit in a style of Lotus posture.

Can you imagine a group of bhikku, posses nothing,  yet carrying a Zafu for comfortable sitting ? 

I wrote somewhere “So-called image of Buddha meditating” was a mis-representation of

Buddha just having a break and taking  rest.  Like all the Indian, Asian people, when they sit and

having a rest,  they just sit (so-called half Lotus),  not twisting the legs.

The iconic Lotus posture was a later invention which even needs a Zafu to keep body balance, which mean

it is not a natural way to sit. —– Buddhism had gone too much posturing.

It is not a way to follow the Dharma,  or  the Nature.

So,  Shariputra carrying a Zafu was a sheer joke.  😀

In fact the wire figure was originally made as a Royal Guard of the Emperor’s Palace.  🙂

It’s good to have a joke some time  😀      ( Zen Buddhism is not for having  grumpy life )


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  1. Paul said, on September 27, 2011 at 09:19

    I like how you put a flower and cushion in the soldier’s hands. Changing what is in the hand changes how we are seen. An empty hand, does it mean empty action? heh.

    • yoshizen said, on September 27, 2011 at 14:33

      Yah yah, even a soldier can learn Zen and reaches enlightenment ! Why not.
      And don’t worry, while having nothing in the hands, still he can fart. — hand’s participation is not required.
      Is it action, or not action ? 😀

  2. singlee said, on September 28, 2011 at 02:10

    What’s Zafu?

    • yoshizen said, on September 28, 2011 at 03:09

      Zafu (座蒲) is somewhat half sized cushion which goes only under the bottom of the person
      meditating, sitting in lotus posture (蓮華座style).

  3. shuvarek said, on September 28, 2011 at 18:34

    hey Yoshi

    Shuvarek is here. I enjoyed reading !


  4. yoshizen said, on September 28, 2011 at 20:03

    Hi Shuvarec good to hear from you !
    And Good to hear, you enjoyed reading !

  5. Damian Spicker said, on November 2, 2011 at 10:24

    I am only commenting to let you know of the great discovery my friend’s child developed viewing yuor web blog. She mastered many issues, not to mention what it is like to have a wonderful giving mood to let the rest just have an understanding of specified specialized matters. You really exceeded readers’ desires. Thanks for giving such valuable, dependable, revealing and also unique tips on the topic to Gloria.

    • yoshizen said, on November 2, 2011 at 13:32

      This is a very unexpected surprise to me.
      I never imagined to have the young child as my keen reader.

      —– probably, my explanation of Zen Buddhism is not from the
      traditional scriptures but from my daily experiences and my try and error
      hence having more direct connection to our daily life and reality =
      how each small daily topics are connected to the Rules of Universe.
      Or the Rules of Universe is not an abstract idea but living phenomena
      of which even a child can see it.

      The news of having Gloria as a reader is the
      best ever encouragement for me and this blog.

      Thank you very much.

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