Concept

Zafu

Summary
A zafu (座蒲, d͡zaɸɯ) or putuan (, pronounced pu2.tuan2) is a round cushion. Although also a utilitarian accessory, it is best known for its use in zazen Zen meditation. Name Although zafu is often translated as "sewn seat" in American English, the meaning of the Japanese kanji, 座蒲, is different. Za (座) means "seat", and fu (蒲) means reedmace (cattail, Typha spp.). A zafu is a seat stuffed with the fluffy, soft, downy fibres of the disintegrating reedmace seed heads. The Japanese zafu originates in China, where these meditation seats were originally filled with reedmace down. The words zabuton, zafuton and futon are closely linked. The word zazen meaning "seated meditation" or "sitting meditation" is also closely linked. In western usage, zafu refers to a meditation cushion, and zabuton refers to the cushioned mat upon which a zafu is placed. Construction Typical zafus are about in diameter, and often about high when fluffed. Contemporary zafus are sewn from t
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