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September 2011

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Tibetan Seat Moktak 3 Piece Cushion Set
Tibetan Seat Moktak 3 Piece Cushion Set

Hi there,

This summer Still Sitting’s owners, seamstresses, cushion stuffers, and janitors (i.e. the Cain family) travelled to Norway, where Lidunn was born and raised, and where Koshin leads a Zen retreat every summer. 

We were in a remote island without electricity when over the battery operated radio the news came that over 70 people had been killed on another island.  It was a shock for the whole country, and a reminder of how out of balance the world can be sometimes.  The Norwegian people’s reaction touched us all – there were roses placed everywhere we went in Oslo – in every shop, library, and in front of every statue. 


Still Sitting went into hibernation for 3 weeks during our trip.  Thanks for your patience with that.  Every other summer we take off this way.  We don’t know that it’s proper business practice, but it’s some kind of necessity for us, and we came back rested, inspired by a retreat, and ready to go. 

We’re offering a few new items this fall, chief among them a Tibetan Seat which we think looks and feels great.  Check out our Moktak and Chukpi too – beautiful instruments from Korea. 

It’s time for our Fall Sale – Selected Buddhas, Bells & Gongs, Cushion Sets, Zabutons, and Support Cushions are on sale.  And for the first time, Tea Sets are on sale too.

Sitting Tip – Steady

In order to have a healthy meditation practice, it’s helpful to be steady.  Like learning a language or playing an instrument, meditation is something you have to practice regularly. And as with learning Chinese or playing the violin the effects of one practice session are often small, with clear improvements showing up over the course of time.  We encourage you to be steady.

Keep at it regularly - when you feel like it and, importantly, when you don’t.   That way the value of meditation seeps into all parts of yourself.  One of the great things about having a group to sit with is that it helps you show up in sunny and overcast times – when you feel ready to sit and when you don’t. 

Whether it’s once a week or twice daily, we hope you’ll keep at it steadily.

Sitting Tip


Testimonial From a Recent Customer

"Thank you again for the expertly sewn Rakusu.  I appreciate the gift to my practice."


Josh L.
Lake Oswego, WA

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Here’s a quote from Shunryo Suzuki:

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, "Oh, this pace is terrible!" But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress.

Shunryo Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind