from Auckland Zen Centre

Welcome to Dharmagear

***We have now closed for the summer break and are no longer taking orders***

Dharmagear makes and sells traditional meditation gear - hard-wearing, long-lasting meditation gear made by meditators, for meditators. Dharmagear is a not-for-profit business that is part of the Auckland Zen Centre. All proceeds support the Auckland Zen Centre so that we can continue to provide an ideal place for people to learn and develop their meditation practice.

Not sure what you need? Scroll down for our full range of cushions, mats and stools. 

The Dharmagear range

Zafu - meditation cushion handcrafted for decades of use

The zafu (round cushion) is the basic cushion used for meditation within the Zen tradition. We offer two zafu fillings, kapok or buckwheat husks. Kapok-filled zafus are our bestsellers.

Brown, Maroon, or Black

Price: $80

Approx. 34 cm diam. x 15 cm deep. Durable cotton canvas, top stitching thread, fabric handle. Kapok zafu approx. 1 kg, husk zafu approx. 2.5 kg.

Zabuton - floor mat to keep your knees happy

The zabuton is a large square mat placed under the zafu on the floor. Although you can sit on directly on the floor, or place a blanket under your zafu, many people find it more comfortable to have a mat. Our zabuton is made up of a calico cotton inner filled with three layers of cotton batting and a zipped outer cover. The outer cover is finished with French seams and is machine washable.  

Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price:  $120  

Approx. 80 x 80 x 7.5 cm. Calico cotton interior casing, standard threads, cotton batting, cotton canvas, removable cover (with zip). Approx. 6 kg.

Meditation support cushion - Dharmagear
Rectangular kapok support cushion - zafu boost

Support cushions are used in many different ways in meditation and a number of types have been developed to serve different needs. These handmade rectangular kapok-filled cushions are mainly used to add extra height under the zafu, but can also be used as padding to support the knees (useful for creating a stable base if inflexibility prevents you from getting one knee or both knees down to the ground). 

Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price: $40

Approx. 30 x 42 x 5 cm. Durable cotton canvas, topstitching thread, kapok fill. Approx. 0.5 kg.

Meditation support cushion (buckwheat husks) - Dharmagear
Husk-filled small support cushion - ideal for hands

Another member of the support cushion family. These rectangular cushions are simple but provide ideal support for your hands in the dhyani mudra (a hand position often used in meditation where the hands rest in the lap).

Brown, Maroon, or Black.  

Price: $20 

Approx. 28 cm x 38 cm. Durable cotton canvas, filled with organic buckwheat husks. Approx. 0.7 kg.

Meditation hand support cushion - Dharmagear
Hand cushion - the smallest support cushion option

This small hand cushion was originally developed for meditators who sit in the half-lotus position and may need support under the hand which does not rest on the foot. Also useful to tuck under the ankles in kneeling position if you have tight ankles.  

Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price: $20  

Approx. 15 x 10 x 5 cm. Durable cotton canvas, filled with organic buckwheat husks. Approx. 0.15 kg

Seiza bench, side view- meditation stool - Dharmagear

Wooden seiza bench - for kneeling meditation

These seiza benches or kneeling benches are are handmade here in Auckland using recycled timber.  

Benches: four heights available 

Price: $60 or $80 for folding

We recommend that you come to the Centre and try out the stools for yourself to find what height works best for you. No mail order, sorry. 

Bench cushions can be ordered for your bench too ($60). Please allow two-three weeks for delivery of the cushion. 

To order, please fill out our Order Form.

More questions? See our FAQ page. 

Still not sure? 

Free instruction on sitting posture and advice on what dharma gear might suit your specific needs is available at the Auckland Zen Centre, 52 Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland. You are welcome to call in anytime during the Centre office hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday) and talk to us and try out the cushions and benches. We try to have most items in stock most of the time, but if you want to be sure we have an item in stock, please phone (09 550 4383) or email (dharmagear@aucklandzen.org.nz) ahead of time and check stock levels.