I wanted to hear people's thoughts on using chairs for meditation.
In the OBC (Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Soto Zen) this is quite common.
I use a chair a lot, I find it often eliminates effectively the settling period I usually need at the start of sitting to get the legs and posture all aligned comfortably and so there are no pressure points. I also like to sit full lotus, and as I am flexible, I find it very comfortable.
But it's interesting though, Chair sitting is not something I see a lot of other groups doing, at least from the limited experiences I've had viewing other group's meditation room setups.
I was recently at a nice local Soto Zen temple, visiting and being cordial with my spouse, and wishing them well and being friendly and neighborly as fellow Soto Zen Buddhists and all that, and they were very nice people, gave us a tour of their temple, we had tea, etc.
Very pleasant, wonderful folks.
However, I did notice, that their Zendo, was exclusively filled with floor cushions, and was designed with traditional Japanese-style raised wooden sitting areas all arround the walls of the Zendo that the floor cushions sat on.
The issue, that occurred to me, is that if somebody was in a wheelchair, they wouldn't be able to sit in the meditation hall as there was no room or place for them to do so.
Also, chairs for sitting (usually with a posture wedge cushion in the OBC) are very helpful for elderly people who have trouble bending their legs and getting up and such, as well as people who have knee problems, or flexibility issues, or spine issues that sitting cross legged or on a bench can aggravate.
Plus, chair sitting is just a very useful and pleasant and nice alternative to floor sitting .
So what are your thoughts on this?
I know some people are very traditional, but I personally think it's good to offer the alternative.
It allows more people to have access to meditation and by extension to feel more welcome at a training center and not feel like they are limited to the floor if that way of sitting isn't best for them physically or otherwise.
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