The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Lying Down Postures

Sobun Katherine Thanas

This posture involves lying on your back with knees bent, providing stability and alignment of the spine. The mudra is
completed by placing a zafu on the chest with the hands on the edge of the zafu in the diamond mudra. The thumbs and
fingers are spread, with the index fingers and thumbs forming a "diamond" around the outer edge of the cushion. The
positioning of the legs (knees together) and hands provide dynamic tension in this posture.

Sobun Katherine Thanas

A different view of the lying down posture with the zafu on the chest, this image shows the diamond mudra on the edge of the cushion. Also note the eyes are open at a 45° angle, just as in the traditional upright sitting position.

Sobun Katherine Thanas

Here is an alternative to placing the cushion on the chest while lying down. Simply place the hands in the diamond mudra on the lower abdomen, with index fingers and thumbs forming a diamond shape and fingers spread. The mudra, along with the bent legs with knees together, provide dynamic tension.

Sobun Katherine Thanas

This image shows a side view of the lying down position with the diamond mudra on the lower abdomen.

Zazen Instruction In Person

Everyone who provides Zazen instruction at Santa Cruz Zen Center is knowledgeable in these postures and can assist you in finding a comfortable posture in the Zendo. Please feel free to contact Zen Center at 831.457.0206 if you would like more information.


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