from Auckland Zen Centre

The Dharmagear range of meditation cushions, mats, support cushions and meditation stools


ZAFU- meditation cushion- Dharmagear

Handmade meditation cushion - crafted 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 is a natural fiber similar to cotton but kapok is more resilient and does not compress as quickly as cotton.  Husks are the outer part of the seeds of buckwheat and our buckwheat husks come from an organic farm in the South Island of New Zealand. Husks and kapok create zafus with quite different qualities; kapok is softer while husks  shape to your body more and are firmer. We mainly sell kapok but deciding on cushion filling is a personal choice- you are welcome to come into the Centre and try both types before you purchase.

 Comes in Brown, Maroon, or Black

 Price:  $80  

 34 cm diam. x 15 cm deep. Durable cotton canvas, top stitching thread, fabric handle.  Kapok zafu approximately 1 kg, husk zafu approximately 2.2 kg.


ZABUTON- meditation mat - Dharmagear

Handmade meditation mat - keep those 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. The 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. 

Comes in Brown, Maroon, or Black  

Price:  $120  

80 x 80 x 8 cm. Calico cotton interior casing, standard threads, cotton batting, cotton canvas, removable cover (with zip). Approximately 6.1 kg.

Large support cushion                                                                                                   

Meditation support cushion - Dharmagear
Large 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). 

Comes in Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price: $40

30 x 42 x 8 cm. Durable cotton canvas, topstitching thread, kapok fill. Approximately 0.5 kg.

Small support cushion                                                                                              

Meditation support cushion (buckwheat husks) - Dharmagear
Small support cushion- can be filled with either kapok or buckwheat husks

Another member of the support cushion family. These rectangular cushions are simple but very useful: ideal support for your hands in the dhyani mudra (a hand position often used in meditation with hands resting in the lap) or tuck a kapok-filled one under your ankles in kneeling meditation to ease pressure on your ankle joint. 

Comes in Brown, Maroon, or Black.  

Price: $20 

28 cm x 38 cm. Durable cotton canvas, filled with organic buckwheat husks or kapok. Approximately 0.7 kg (buckwheat husks) or 0.2 - 0.3 kg (kapok).

Hand cushion                                                                                                    

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.  

Comes in Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price: $20  

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

Custom made cushions                                      

Can't find what you are looking for? We may be able to make cushions according to your specifications (extra charges usually apply). Please contact us with your requirements. 

Seiza bench and cushion

Seiza bench, side view- meditation stool - Dharmagear

Handmade wooden seiza bench- for kneeling meditation

We also sell wooden meditation stools, known as seiza benches or kneeling benches. These are used (with or without a cushion on top) for meditating in kneeling position. The stools are handmade here in Auckland using timber grown in New Zealand renewable plantations. The stools are made from either Pinus radiata (a strong flexible wood with a broad clear grain) or Cypressus macrocarpa (a slower growing wood with a beautiful warm hue and fine grained texture). The timber is finished with natural Haarlem oil (also called Danish Oil or Tung Oil) to help protect it from scratches, dirt and stains.    

Stools: macrocarpa or pine timber, three heights. 

Price: $60

We recommend that you come to the Centre and try out the stools for yourself to find what height works best for you. 


Stool cushions: come in Brown, Maroon, or Black. 

Price: $60 

17 x 43 x 4 cm. Foam rubber encased in durable cotton canvas. Three straps with velcro attachments to keep the cushion secure on your stool.